Bitten By The Bug!

It’s hard to predict when and where you’ll get bitten by the drag racing bug. I was 12 years old. It was a visit with legendary Ford driver/crew chief Bob Glidden that got me hooked. He gave me one behind-the-scenes tour of his pit and my dream was set.

My son Bob IV asked for his own dragster at four years old.

That was the year he started asking what became an annual question: “Am I old enough yet?”

My wife Terri and I have mixed feelings about our sons racing. We’ve seen first-hand the risks involved with any sport, really, and especially with motorsports. We wonder if this first dragster is only the beginning. But we’d never push him, and he keeps asking. So we added a junior dragster to our stable.

I guess with a name like Bob Tasca IV, we should’ve anticipated he may follow along in my footsteps. My grandfather, Bob Tasca Sr., was the one who got Ford involved with NHRA. It’s a great story – he asked people who wanted to see Ford involved to write letters asking for support. You know what? They wrote so many letters, Ford agreed. My dad, Bob Jr., comes to my races now. He’s always there to support me and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team.

And here we are now with five Funny Car teams, two Pro Stock teams and a host of sportsman in our ‘One Ford’ family.

Bob IV goes testing for the first time in Charlotte. My wife and kids are coming to Charlotte for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 4-Wide Nationals April 14-17, then we’ll stay over on Monday so he can try out his new junior dragster.

If you’ve never seen one, they’re pretty cool. We’ll have his painted up in Motorcraft/Quick Lane colors, just like my Funny Car. My good friend Roy Hill, who owns Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School, helped me put a training plan together for him.

Roy’s taught everyone from NHRA Full Throttle Series drivers to NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Kurt Busch, so he’ll learn from the best. He even taught me.

First, we’ll tow Bob IV through the parking lots so he can get a feel for how it steers. Then we’ll have him do a few launches and eventually full passes, but we’re going to take it slow. I want to make sure we do everything we need to to help him understand how the car works and how to drive it. I’d like him to win some day, but first I want him to understand and respect the car, and know how to drive it safely.

Wish us luck!

P.S. – John Force, Robert Hight, Mike Neff, Tim Wilkerson and I got together at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a ‘One Ford’ photo shoot. You can download wallpaper from it at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fordracinginsidetheoval/5593104384/lightbox/

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