DEARBORN, Mich, May 19, 2014 — The Motorcraft/Quick Lane NHRA Funny Car team’s challenging weekend in Atlanta continued on Monday as it lost in the rain-delayed first round of eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Summer Nationals to Tommy Johnson, Jr., 4.616 seconds and 261.52 mph to 10.417/58.96
Driver Bob Tasca III and his Ford Shelby Mustang crew, like many teams on the circuit this week, had trouble figuring out the Atlanta Dragway surface.
“It was a one-lane race track and we were in the wrong lane,” Tasca said following his exit from the proceedings. “Everyone smoked the tires in the right lane and it ended our day.
“It was obviously a very challenging weekend, not just for our team but for everyone and we’re just fortunate there were no injuries,” he continued. “It was a crazy, wild weekend.”
Tasca was referring to the multiple blown engines that ripped apart race car fiberglass during the weekend’s qualifying sessions.
“It was a tough weekend to do any confidence building because of track conditions,” said Tasca who went into the Atlanta race with a new crew chief. “But we didn’t wreck our race car and we go on to Topeka.”
Tasca drove into the top 10 during Friday qualifying with a Q1 run of 4.184/299.80. He shook the tires at about 100 feet and coasted to a 7.762/80.05 run in the second qualifying session.
On Saturday, after a long rain delay, he ran 8.119/77.60 in Q3 and slipped to 12th place. Tasca’s 7.690/78.17 in Q4 didn’t improve his position and he drew Johnson in Round 1 of eliminations.
“Tough day,” Tasca said when the action was done on Saturday. “The track was really tight and we never got the clutch set up right. We have a lot of data to look at tonight and come out tomorrow with a different setup.”
The next stop for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the 26th Annual NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, May 23-25.
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Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded by Legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca, Sr., in Rhode Island in 1962, after he realized the incredible potential of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” during drag racing’s infancy. At 16 years old, Bob Sr. started his first job at a Ford dealership. He opened his own Ford dealership at 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 of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car. When he’s not involved with his race team, Bob III 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.