ST. LOUIS, Mo., Sept. 29, 2013—The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team’s hopes for round wins went up in smoke at the hit of the throttle Sunday at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The Funny Car smoked its tires at the starting line in the first round, coasting to an 11.61-second finish at 63.89 mph after qualifying p11 with a 4.094 at 306.40.
“We just never had a handle on the track this weekend,” said Bob Tasca, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane car. “We struggled in qualifying and never really did get into a rhythm. We’ll pack up and head on to Reading.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Series travels to Eastern Pennsylvania this week for the US Auto Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
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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.