EPPING, N.H., June 23, 2013—A chaotic week of promoting the US Auto-Plus New England Nationals ended early for Bob Tasca III Sunday after a Round 1 loss to Jack Beckman.
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang coasted to a 5.143-second finish at 148.05 mph after the engine threw the connecting rods out early in the run. Opponent Jack Beckman advanced to the second round with a 4.141 at 307.23. Tasca qualified p7 with a 4.096-second lap at 312.13 mph before a packed hometown crowd at New England Dragway.
“We’re very disappointed to go out the way we did,” Tasca said. “This team works so hard. These guys work countless hours and it just wasn’t meant to be. What else can you say. This has been such a consistent car over the last couple of races. We had very high expectations for this race. We had lane choice. Our car made a great move off the starting line. It was on pace to run a 4.08-4.09, which is right where we wanted to run. I could feel (the rods break) in the car. No warning at all – just a big explosion.
“This Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, we’ve got a lot of fight in us. It’s just unfortunate we haven’t had any breaks go our way. Maybe when things change it’s going to be a good run in our favor, but for now we’re just a little disappointed. Good news is we get to leave here and go to Chicago.”
Tasca will play host to the winner of the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF at Route 66 Raceway, where he’ll compete with the top design on his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang.
“All in all, it was a very successful weekend for New England drag racing fans,” Tasca said. “They were able to come to this track and see great side-by-side racing. We had an unbelievable fan turnout. For me, I’ve been bragging about this place and New England fans for six years. I think my fellow racers got to see how much passion these fans have. I look forward to coming back here next year and doing a whole lot better than we did this year.
“In the meantime, we have a big race coming up this week in Chicago. JDRF is a cause that’s very close to my heart and important to Ford Customer Service Division. We get to unveil, in my opinion, a pretty cool looking race car. I’m excited to drive it, meet the child that designed it and go out there and win a couple races.”
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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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 and Ford team.