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TASCA RACING TO COMPETE IN THE NHRA NATIONALS IN TOPEKA

TASCA RACING TO COMPETE IN THE NHRA NATIONALS IN TOPEKA

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NHRA Kansas Nationals
Heartland Park Topeka Raceway, KS May 20-22, 2016

Concord, NC (May 16th) – Tasca Racing is excited to announce they will be competing in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, KS this month from May 20-22.

“This is a special race for a number of reasons,” says Bob Tasca III. “The primary sponsor on my hot rod is Gary Crossley Ford, which is owned by Todd Crossley. Todd is a very close friend and is one of the new owners of Heartland Park Topeka Raceway. Todd is a fellow racer and has been a huge fan of Tasca Racing ever since I started. When Heartland Park went up for sale I knew it was Todd’s dream to own a race track and none better than one just around the corner from his Ford Dealership. I was thrilled when I heard he ended up with the track. And I know Todd; he will make Topeka into one of the premier race events in the country.”

Being a new track owner, one of the Largest Ford dealers in the country and now a primary sponsor of a Nitro Mustang Todd Crossly weights in on NHRA Racing, “It’s a dream come true to be able to have my own NHRA Funny Car running in the inaugural race at our track and who better to drive than one of my best friends, Bob Tasca III. Having been both a racer and a race fan my whole life, it gives me great pride to be part of the team bringing a Ford Mustang back to the NHRA Mello Yello Series this season.
Drag Racing is a team sport, but it takes great sponsors like Mello Yello and Ford to produce a product worthy of our race fans. I’m optimistic that Ford will see the excitement that our participation is creating and work to increase their involvement in the near future, says Crossley!”
Fresh off their first race in Charlotte Tasca is looking for more. Tasca III says, “We were very happy with our first race but my main reason for running Charlotte was to get ready for Topeka. I know this is a big deal for Todd and his family and we really want to perform well. It was great to get all the guys back together and into race mode. It was even better to be back in the seat! We ran a great first run at 4.10 – 313mph on Saturday morning.”

When asked what it’s going to be like to have something other than a Tasca Ford logo on his Hot Rod, Tasca III said, “Todd and I spoke just after the purchase of Heartland and we came up with a plan to run my car with a Gray Crossley Ford themed design. This is definitely a first for Tasca Racing to run another Ford dealer’s logos but I couldn’t think of a better dealer to promote in the Kanas City area than Gary Crossley Ford! They run a first class organization from top to bottom, family owned for multiple generations, and one of the largest Ford stores in the country. Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday has been a big part of our success in business and I know it will work just fine for the team at Gary Crossley Ford!”

TASCA RACING TO COMPETE IN 4 NHRA NATIONAL EVENTS

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TASCA RACING TO COMPETE IN 4 NHRA NATIONAL EVENTS
CHARLOTTE – TOPEKA – EPPING – CHICAGO 

Concord, NC (March 22nd ) – Tasca Racing is excited to announce they will be competing in four NHRA events starting with the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals in April and then Topeka, Epping, and Chicago. With regard to the upcoming races, Bob Tasca III says, “I’m thrilled to have NewAutoParts.com back as the primary sponsor for the Four-Wide Event. We also have three other primary sponsors that I will be announcing soon for the remaining events.”

Looking forward to his return to the dragstrip, Bob III is happy to be answering the demands from NHRA Ford fans who want to see more Ford Funny Cars on the track.
“I get emails and see social media posts nonstop asking why Ford pulled out of NHRA Funny Car racing. I talk to the executives all the time and, trust me, the Ford family and many people within the company love the NHRA Ford fans. I firmly believe that one day they will come back and support their fans and their teams. Until then, the Tasca Family will do whatever we can to keep the passion alive for the Ford fans.”

The four upcoming races, Tasca Racing will be joined by sponsors BG Products and Nitro Fish.
“I’m excited to announce that BG is on board for all four races as an associate sponsor. BG is new to the sport of drag racing. We use BG products throughout our dealerships. They provide a tremendous value to our customers and I look forward to helping build the BG brand within the NHRA fan base.”

“Nitro Fish will also be on board for all four races as associate sponsor. Kenny Koretsky has developed a wild apparel line in the Nitro Fish brand and has helped many racers over the years with funding,” says Bob III. “Kenny is a long-time friend and I’m proud to be officially on the Nitro Fish Team!

Tasca will use Charlotte as starting point to build momentum for the 2016 season. “With limited funds it’s hard to find the budget to test. We’re focused on going to Charlotte to get our setup dialed in on Friday and Saturday. We have a lot of data from that track and I feel confident, come Sunday, we will have a car that can compete for the win!” states Tasca.

MEDIA Contact:

Tina Marques
NewAutoParts.com
Tasca Racing
Office: 401-681-1394
tmarques@tasca.com

 

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Tasca Racing:
Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded in 1962 by legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca, Sr. of Rhode Island. While most well-known for coining the term “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday”, Bob Tasca, Sr. is also widely recognized for helping bring Ford to the forefront of performance during the golden era of racing in the 50’s and 60s with such vehicles as the 428 Cobra Jet. Today the Tasca performance heritage continues with the second and third generations of the family. Carl Tasca, Sr. (Bob’s son) drives the fastest Ford Cobra Jet in the country. Bob Tasca III (Bob’s grandson) pilots a 300 mph 10,000 horsepower NewAutoParts.com Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car. When Bob III is not involved with his race team, he works at the family dealership. The Tasca family is proud to say that “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” is alive and well within the Tasca team. See more at: www.tascaracing.com

 

About Nitro Fish Apparel:
Nitro Fish Apparel is owned and operated by Kenny Koretsky, a Pennsylvania-based businessman and longtime NHRA drag racer. Koretsky has driven both Top Fuel dragsters as well as Pro Stock in a career that dates back to 1976. He is the only driver to qualify both a Top Fuel dragster and a Pro Stock car in the same NHRA national event, a feat he accomplished in Phoenix in 1990. Koretsky, whose other business interests include trucking, land development, and a line of full-service car washes, purchased the Nitro Fish brand in 2004. He has since used the brand to help promote a number of racers including two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon, two-time Pro Stock motorcycle champion Matt Smith, 2010 NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle champion LE Tonglet and NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III among others. Featuring a wide selection of T-shirts, hats, decals, die cast replicas and other memorabilia, the Nitro Fish Apparel line is available at trackside locations during select NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events or online at www.nitrofish.com.

TASCA’S BACK FOR THE FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS!

TASCA’S BACK FOR THE FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS!

It’s been a long cold winter in New England but Bob Tasca III has been hard at work rounding up sponsors to run a limited schedule for the 2015 season. Tasca announced at the end of the 2014 season he was going to run a limited race schedule and be back in a Ford! Tasca is very pleased to announce NewAutoParts.com will be the primary sponsor for the Four-Wide Nationals.

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Bob Tasca III – Driver, NewAutoParts.com – Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car Answers The Top Questions He Received From Fans During The Off Season:

 

WHY DID FORD PULL OUT OF DRAG RACING? “I have received thousands of comments from fans expressing their confusion and disappointment about Ford dropping their funny car support. My opinion of what took place is simple the head of Ford racing has very little interest in drag racing. As a result the message that got to the top of the house within Ford’s senior management was Drag Racing was no longer a good fit for their future marketing strategy. Well, we couldn’t disagree more. NHRA has seen growth in TV ratings, attendance and strong investment from Toyota, Dodge and now GM. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of Ford fans that supported Ford within the sport for more than 60 years! It was a mistake and I believe down the road the senior management team within Ford will realize that Drag racing is alive and well. However, my loyalty is with the Ford fans and the Tasca family will do what we can to maintain a significant Ford presence for all those loyal Ford fans of NHRA.”

 

HOW MANY RACES ARE YOU GOING TO RACE IN? “The support I have received from my fans has been amazing. I wish I could say I would race in all of them but finding sponsorships in this economy has not been easy. I’m planning on running in 3 or 4 events this season. Although, I believe our new Primary sponsor NewAutoParts.com will be well received within the NHRA community which could lead to more races. I was introduced to NewAutoParts.com about a year ago. I was so impressed with how they manage their operation that my family made a major investment in their business model. Currently NewAutoParts.com   sells new Original Factory Replacement parts for FORD, GM, HUMMER, CHRYSLER, DODGE, JEEP, MAZDA, VOLVO, LINCOLN and NISSAN with more Brands coming soon! NewAutoParts.com offers competitive prices, unparalleled customer service and fast discounted worldwide shipping services for all their customers genuine parts needs. The best way to see me at more races is to purchase your new original parts from NewAutoParts.com.”

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. “I’m blessed with some of the hardest working guys I know. When Ford announced they were pulling out of NHRA drag racing I told everyone on my team all they had to do was move to Rhode Island and they had a job waiting for them. All my key guys stayed with me. Now not only are they going to help me win on the race track but they are helping my family win back at the dealership. My car chief since day one Tom Leskovan will be overseeing the operation at the track and assisting me in tuning the car. I have always wanted to get more involved with the tuning of the car and now I have the chance. I’m not sure what I’m more excited about getting back in the seat or assisting with the tuning decisions.”

 

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING MOST FORWARD TO AT THE FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS? “I’m looking forward to getting back out there seeing the fans being around the racers. Those are the two things you miss the most the fans and racers, they become part of your family. As for the race we have the best parts, I have a great team to work on my Shelby Mustang and as long as I didn’t forget how to drive you just might see the NewAutoParts.com Shelby Mustang in the winner’s circle.”

 

MEDIA Contact:

Tina Marques

NewAutoParts.com
Tasca Racing

Office: 401-681-1394
tmarques@tasca.com

 

NewAutoParts.com:

Founded by a team of OE parts and shipping professionals, Newautoparts.com understands the importance of customer service, whether it is a simple repair item or a complex order. In addition to offering our customers exceptional customer service and wholesale pricing, Newautoparts.com takes the frustration out of ordering parts online with a commitment to 100% order accuracy, fast order fill rate, and discounted shipping rates for all customers worldwide. The next time your car or truck needs original factory replacement parts, come visit NewAutoParts.com, or call us and our professional parts team will get you back on the road at a price that won’t break the bank. www.newautoparts.com – 877-498-7278.

 

Tasca Racing:

Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded in 1962 by Legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca, Sr., of Rhode Island, after he realized the incredible potential of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday”. During drag racing’s infancy at age 16, Bob Sr. started his first job at a Ford dealership. He later opened his own Ford dealership at age 27. Seventy years later, Tasca Ford still exists, run by the second and third generations of the Tasca family. Bob Tasca III, grandson of Bob Sr., has led the racing branch of the family since 2008 as driver now of the NewAutoParts.com Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car. When Bob III is not involved with his race team, he works at the family dealership. The Tasca family is proud to say more than 50 years after Tasca Racing was founded, the phrase “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” is alive and well within the Tasca team. – See more at: www.tascaracing.com

TASCA BLOG JANUARY

Pre-season testing in racing is like spring training for baseball or summer camp for football. The slate is clean, everyone has the same record and sprits are high. You can feel the positive energy in the air.

The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car team has every reason to be positive going into 2014. We made a clutch and a set up change in mid season last year, right before Las Vegas, and everything really came together during the West Coast swing that followed. We reached the finals in Denver and Seattle and then in Chicago we were the first Ford in the threes with a 3.988 and only the third car to do that in Funny Car history.

We had some consistency problems toward the end of the year and just missed making the Countdown, but the changes we made had given us the desired results. So we went into pre-season testing at Palm Beach this year needing to do a better job with the consistency of our car. It’s a very, very fickle machine and requires a lot of work to get these things consistent. I was eager to get the team down there and get in a dozen or more runs using the set up we’re going to run the year with. It’s a big deal.

We had a great first day of testing. There’s nothing like the first side by side run of the year! We made a lot of runs working on the new set up for 2014 and it all came together Friday night when we ran a 4.067 at 314.46 mph, good for 7th quickest of the day.

On the final day of testing, we were one of three teams to post a pass in the four second range with a 4.084 run at 314.39 mph, 6th best of the day.

It was the best opening test session we’ve ever had! Most of what we wanted to test worked as planned. We’re looking forward to building on that momentum in Pomona!

A Championship Moment

One of my coolest moments I’ve had as a dad was two weeks ago, watching my son Austin play in the Eastern Hockey Federation championship tournament. Remember that movie Miracle, the story about the 1980 U.S. Olympic   Hockey Team’s win over Russia? Picture that, and that’s what this tournament was like to watch. Especially the semifinal game against the Minuteman Flames.

Austin, 7, and his team, the Providence Capitals, play some of the best teams in New England. As a dad, I do my best to encourage my sons and give them advice, but before the semis I really didn’t know what to say.

The Capitals’ nine-game winning streak paled in comparison to the Flames.’ They’d won 40 straight games and had a 4-0 record against my son’s team this year.

I try to be optimistic no matter what, but not too many people gave our team a chance. The stats just weren’t in our favor.

Then came our own little miracle.

This was a monumental game. When those kids hit the ice that night they truly believed they could win.

It didn’t matter that they were playing in the Flames’ house. Thanks to great coaching by Jerry Buckley, our own Herb Brooks, Austin and his teammates were ready to play and they showed it. Jerry’s an NHL agent for some of the big names in hockey whose sons play on the team too. We’re happy to have him as a coach, I can tell you that.

The Capitals won 5-4 and Austin pitched in with a few assists. Every kid on the team played tremendously and the parents on both sides went wild – on our side out of pure amazement and happiness for our kids.

They went on to face the Bay State Breakers in the finals and won 8-2 and even though it’s been a few weeks, Austin still sleeps with his championship plaque in his arms. I can’t blame him. I may do that with my next Wally!

Speaking of Wallys, we brought a new crew member on board on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team – crew chief Dickie Venables!

Not many people know this, but I’ve known Dickie for years. Since 1997, in fact. I met him when he was at John Force Racing and then when he tuned my best friend Tony Pedregon to his championships, as a co-crew chief and then as crew chief.

I’m really excited to have him on board with us. Dickie’s spent quite a bit of time with Chris Cunningham and Marc Denner at the shop in Charlotte, N.C. already and while we won’t make any major changes at the race in Las Vegas this weekend, we are looking forward to trying some new ideas out at testing after the event and after the 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway

Houston, we have a pilot

I am happy to report that I can now successfully take off and land in a shuttle simulator! So if you need a pilot, I’m your guy.

I made my annual visit to Johnson Space Center with ESPN2 last week, before the first day of qualifying at the NHRA Spring Nationals in Baytown, Texas. This time, Top Fuel driver Dave Grubnic came with me, ESPN2 Producer Dave Dobson, and other crew members from the ESPN team that you see around the track at NHRA Full Throttle Series events.

We checked out different airplanes NASA uses, including an STA (Shuttle Training Aircraft) that I practiced landing while Chris Cunningham and Marc Denner, the crew chief and co-crew chief on my Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car, checked out a data book they found in the back of the plane. Really. Maybe they were trying to get ideas for the race? I think they just can’t get away from crunching numbers.

That first voyage in the STA was a practice run for the shuttle simulator. I’ll tell you more about that later.

This year I was even more excited for the visit than I normally am because all we’ve been talking about lately is my friend Mark Kelly’s upcoming launch in the Shuttle Endeavour. I met Kelly on one of our visits in Houston and we’ve since become good friends. Mark invited me to attend his launch and I can’t wait – but it keeps getting rescheduled. You wouldn’t believe how much planning goes into a visit to a shuttle launch. We have our own “manager” from NASA to help us with the trip. That’s been a huge help. I’ve also gotten advice from ESPN announcer Paul Page, who has had friends in NASA since its Mercury days. He stopped by my Motorcraft/Quick Lane race hauler in Houston to tell me what it’s like to visit a launch. (more…)

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.

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A Weekend To Remember!

Last weekend was one I’ll never forget! Not often do you get to ride in a Mustang pace car at Bristol Motor Speedway with Brett Bodine at the wheel. He drove for Motorcraft in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1989 – what a small world.

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Bob Tasca III and Trevor Bayne in Bristol

The pace car ride was just the beginning of a full weekend for me and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team. The best part was watching how excited the fans got when they heard our nitro-powered BOSS 500 start up! We hit the throttle a few times to make sure they would know what we’re all about in drag racing. Eight-thousand horsepower – more than 10 stock cars combined!

I also got to spend some time with a few Ford executives who are directly involved with our motorsports programs at Ford Racing. First there was Jamie Allison, Director of Ford North America Motorsports, Tim Duerr, Motorsports Marketing Manager, Ford Racing, and Pat DiMarco, NASCAR Program Manager, Ford Racing. It is always great seeing these guys and they do such a great job making our motorsports programs so successful.

Then there were the Wood Brothers, Len and Eddie, and my Motorcraft/Quick Lane teammate Trevor Bayne. I was so impressed with what I saw from this young kid in Daytona and I was excited to meet him. It was Trevor’s hometown race and I had a bird’s eye view as I watched the race from the Wood Brother’s war wagon. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll get Trevor into a Funny Car!

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Back On Track!

Just got back from our first test session in Palm Beach, FL. It was great to be back at 300MPH again! We made 27 runs and compiled a lot of very useful data. Our quickest run was 4.09et at 310+MPH our fastest MPH to date. Pomona is coming up fast but on our way out West we’re going to stop for one last test session in Las Vegas on February 17th through the 19th. Pomona kicks off on February 24tn. The off season flew by and I really can’t wait to get the

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2011 season underway. I’ve never been more confident about the start of a session than I am for this one. Our team has high expectations on what we can achieve. All of my crew members from Jeff who runs my hospitality to Lee who runs the merchandise and Show Car operation have all signed up for another season with Tasca Racing!

Chris Cunningham and Mark Denner, my Crew Chiefs, have a really good handle on this Ford Boss power-train and I’ve never been more confident behind the wheel.

Besides my trip to Palm Beach, the last few weeks have been very busy. I spent time in Charlotte getting some last minute items approved. I also spent a week in Dearborn attending a product review. I am one of a handful of people that Ford’s leadership team takes through their future product line to get feedback. (more…)