Bob Tasca Nabs Early Advantage on Starting Line, Loses Close Round 1 Race with Matt Hagan at NHRA Gatornationals

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 17, 2013—It’s never positive to shoot anything out of an NHRA Funny Car other than flames out of the header pipes – but when that object is a head gasket and you’re rapidly approaching 300 mph, the results are rarely in your favor.

That’s exactly what happened in a round-one loss for the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team at the NHRA Gatornationals.

Despite the malfunction that led to trouble near the finish line, driver Bob Tasca gave opponent Matt Hagan a solid race, clocking a 4.259-second pass at 269.51 mph to Hagan’s 4.091 at 308.

“Both the car and I came down with the flu this weekend,” joked Tasca, who nabbed an early advantage on the starting line with a better reaction time (.064 to Hagan’s .067) despite the cold he developed over the weekend. “We’ll stay here testing (Monday) and be ready for Las Vegas. We’ve got a lot of talent on this team and good parts, so we’ll see what we can learn tomorrow and move on down the road. We gave him a good race.”

Tasca qualified p14 for the race with a 4.204 at 302.35.

For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.

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