CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 13, 2012–There’s no such thing as a “no pressure” situation in motorsports, according to Bob Tasca III. Not even when you start the Countdown to the Championship playoffs as a spoiler.
“You are always under pressure to perform,” Tasca said. “This ain’t driving to church Sunday morning. This is the real deal and there are real consequences. It takes real energy to succeed. That’s where we live, under pressure.”
Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team, currently 12th in points, narrowly missed making the 10-driver NHRA Full Throttle Series playoffs after losing in the first round in Indianapolis. The six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begins this weekend with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
They won’t try anything out of the ordinary in this stretch, Tasca said. Instead, they’ll focus on the basics it takes to win races.
“Our goal is to finish the season strong,” Tasca said. “That will mean everything to our team, to end on a high note. At the end of the day, I’m racing to compete for a championship. To not be able to do that is gut-wrenching, but you can take that energy and turn it into negativity or you can take it and be positive. We choose to make it positive.
“I’m excited about being in Charlotte. It’s a place where we’ve done well and conditions will get better and better as the season unfolds and the temperatures get cooler. I’m excited about going to these next races and playing spoiler. We’ll go out and make as much noise as we can, and learn as much as we can to put ourselves in position to win.
“To perform is everything to us. When you don’t perform, you just didn’t get the job done. All you can do is get up off the mat time and time again. The champions have all been on the mat before and they’ve risen again. That’s what we’re doing.”
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 III on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.
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