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Tasca Becomes First Ford Driver to Break Four-Sec. Barrier, Records Semifinal Finish with JDRF Paint Scheme at Route 66

JOLIET, Ill., June 30, 2013—Bob Tasca capped off a memorable weekend with a semifinal finish in the “Our Everyday Heroes” Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Sunday after becoming the first Ford driver to crack the four-second NHRA Funny Car barrier Saturday night.

Tasca clocked a 4.193-sec. pass at 307.79 mph in a Round 3 loss to Matt Hagan (4.104, 309.63), who went on to defeat John Force for the race win. It wasn’t the semifinals Tasca will remember though – what he’ll never forget is joining the “Three Second Club” with a 3.988 in qualifying, with the JDRF paint scheme on his Funny Car and its 13-year-old designer Blake Lillicraf and his family watching.

“It’s not the weekend we wanted,” Tasca said. “When you get to the semifinals, you get greedy. You want more. We wanted nothing more than to win for this JDRF car, but when you look back and evaluate the weekend, last night was one of the more memorable nights I’ve ever had in a race car, to go out and break the three-second barrier for Motorcraft/Quick Lane, the first Ford to do it, was really special for our team. We’ve worked real, real hard to get to where we are right now and we’ve got a race car that is absolutely amazing.

“In the semifinals we were in the right lane and we knew it wouldn’t hold a 4.10. We figured it might hold a 4.15. Hagan made a great run and that was just all that lane had. You saw Ron Capps smoke the tires in the semis against John. The bottom line is we picked up some great points and got this Motorcraft/Quick Lane car within three points of getting back in the top 10 and staying in the top 10. More importantly, we have a car that’s going up and down the race track at a real high rate of speed.”

The “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF raised $57,127 for T1D research. Fans can also donate to the cause by texting “JDRF” once to 20222 until Aug. 16, 2013. Money raised will be added to Lillicraf’s $6,550 fundraising total.

A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. The donor must be age 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder (e.g. parents). By texting “YES”, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers.

Donations are collected for the benefit of JDRF by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message & data rates may apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting “STOP” to short code 20222; text “HELP” to 20222 for help. For the privacy policy: http://mobilegiving.org/privacy/Default.aspx.

In T1D, the body’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump, multiple times every day. Even with vigilant management, there is still a risk of T1D complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of research toward preventing, better treating, and eventually curing T1D.

“JDRF is such a special program for our team,” Tasca said. “To have Blake and his family out, they’re wonderful people. They put so much into this contest. They were so excited to win it. To perform the way we did, for them to get to see us go rounds and for them to get the chance to see us break the four-second barrier, I know it’ll be a weekend they won’t forget. We’ve converted more fans to NHRA! We know they’ll be following us every step of the way. It was a whole lot of fun.”

Now Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team move to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio for this weekend’s race, the fourth of four-in-a-row.

“We love racing in Norwalk,” Tasca said. “It’s a whole lot of fun. The kids are out of school now, so they’ll be on the road with us. We couldn’t be catching our stride at a better time. We can’t wait for Norwalk.”

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.

QUICKEST RUNS IN NHRA FUNNY CAR HISTORY (1,000 FT)
3.964  Ron Capps, Carlsbad, Calif., Englishtown 2012
3.986* Jack Beckman, Norco, Calif., Reading 2012
3.988  Capps, Chicago 2013
3.988  Bob Tasca III, Hope, R.I., Chicago 2013
3.989  Beckman, Reading 2012
3.995  Matt Hagan, Christiansburg, Va., Charlotte 2 2011
3.997  Cruz Pedregon, Brownsburg, Ind., Reading 2012
3.999  Del Worsham,  Chino Hills, Calif., Chicago 2013
4.003  Beckman, Reading 2012
4.005  Robert Hight, Yorba Linda, Calif., Richmond 2008

 

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About Motorcraft
Motorcraft® offers a complete line of replacement parts that are recommended and approved by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to underhood repairs, Motorcraft parts offer exceptional value with the highest quality and right fit at competitive prices. Motorcraft parts are available nationwide at Ford and Lincoln dealers, independent distributors, and automotive parts retailers and are backed by Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Limited Warranty. For more information, visit 
www.motorcraft.com.

About Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers

Quick Lane® provides automotive quick services for all makes and models.  Quick Lane’s nationwide network of more than 600 facilities, each providing the convenience of an aftermarket company (no appointment necessary, service while you wait, evening and weekend hours, competitive prices) with the confidence of a major automotive manufacturer (quality parts, factory-trained technicians).  Quick Lane® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. For more information, visit 
www.quicklane.com.

About FordParts.com

FordParts.com allows repair shops, body shops, fleets and do-it-yourselfers to purchase online over 280,000 Genuine Ford and Motorcraft parts quickly and easily.  As well as the convenience of ordering parts online 24/7, FordParts.com provides full line catalogs with VIN look-up, parts pricing, inventory availability, FedEx over-night shipping, and
technical illustrations of over 22,000 parts and assemblies.  For more information, visit www.fordparts.com.

Tasca Racing
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.

Tasca First in the Threes for Ford: Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Makes NHRA, Ford Racing History with 3.988-sec. Pass in Chicago

JOLIET, Ill., June 30, 2013—Bob Tasca III became the first Ford Funny Car driver to make a three-second pass on Saturday, under the lights at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.

Tasca drove his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang to a 3.988-second lap at 316.97 mph to join NHRA’s venerable “Three-Second Club” in a qualifying session that will go down in Mello Yello Series lore. The top four qualifiers clocked times in the three-second range.

“To be a part of history is something you dream about, and to be the first Ford in the threes is just a tremendous accomplishment for my team,” said Tasca, who starts p2 and faces Jeff Arend in Round 1. “We made big changes in this program coming out of Gainesville, basically started from scratch, and the guys have just been digging so hard these last couple of races. I guess what you say, a run like that, you put all the pieces together, and when they all come together, the car goes out and performs the way that it did.”

Tasca, who is competing with the “Our Everyday Heroes” JDRF paint scheme on his Funny Car this weekend, joined the Three-Second Club in the same session as Del Worsham.

“I was elated (when I saw the scoreboard),” Tasca said. “Off-the-charts excited. I’m an excitable person and when the car runs good, when you go out and set the record and become the first for Ford, with Ken Czubay (Vice President, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Motor Company) here and Travis Hunt and Lori Dunn (from Ford Customer Service Division), people who have been with us in the trenches from Day 1 with this program, it doesn’t get any better than that. We’ll bottle up that energy and use it on Sunday.

“Hats off to every one of these guys on this Motorcraft/Quick Lane car, for all the dedication and hard work. The old analogy ‘hard work pays off,’ well, we got a little payoff on that run. But we didn’t come here to run a three-second run, we came here to win a race, and to do it with JDRF on the car, that’s our focus. That run is great. The data will be very important to us come playoff time, but we’ve got to get this Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang going rounds, winning races, and there’s no better time to do it than Chicago.”

 

QUICKEST RUNS IN NHRA FUNNY CAR HISTORY (1,000 FT)
3.964  Ron Capps, Carlsbad, Calif., Englishtown 2012
3.986* Jack Beckman, Norco, Calif., Reading 2012
3.988  Capps, Chicago 2013
3.988  Bob Tasca III, Hope, R.I., Chicago 2013
3.989  Beckman, Reading 2012
3.995  Matt Hagan, Christiansburg, Va., Charlotte 2 2011
3.997  Cruz Pedregon, Brownsburg, Ind., Reading 2012
3.999  Del Worsham,  Chino Hills, Calif., Chicago 2013
4.003  Beckman, Reading 2012
4.005  Robert Hight, Yorba Linda, Calif., Richmond 2008
4.007  Capps, Pomona 2 2012
4.008  C. Pedregon, Pomona 2 2012
4.009  Hagan, Pomona 2 2011
4.009  C. Pedregon, Pomona 2 2012

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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About Motorcraft
Motorcraft® offers a complete line of replacement parts that are recommended and approved by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to underhood repairs, Motorcraft parts offer exceptional value with the highest quality and right fit at competitive prices. Motorcraft parts are available nationwide at Ford and Lincoln dealers, independent distributors, and automotive parts retailers and are backed by Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Limited Warranty. For more information, visit 
www.motorcraft.com.

About Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers

Quick Lane® provides automotive quick services for all makes and models.  Quick Lane’s nationwide network of more than 600 facilities, each providing the convenience of an aftermarket company (no appointment necessary, service while you wait, evening and weekend hours, competitive prices) with the confidence of a major automotive manufacturer (quality parts, factory-trained technicians).  Quick Lane® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. For more information, visit 
www.quicklane.com.

About FordParts.com
FordParts.com allows repair shops, body shops, fleets and do-it-yourselfers to purchase online over 280,000 Genuine Ford and Motorcraft parts quickly and easily.  As well as the convenience of ordering parts online 24/7, FordParts.com provides full line catalogs with VIN look-up, parts pricing, inventory availability, FedEx over-night shipping, and
technical illustrations of over 22,000 parts and assemblies.  For more information, visit www.fordparts.com.

Tasca Racing
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.

Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Type 1 Diabetes Wins FCSD’s ‘Our Everyday Heroes’ Race Car Design Contest; $57,127 Raised for JDRF

DEARBORN, Mich., June 28, 2013—Blake Lillicraf may be newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D), but you’d never know from his composure.

The 13-year-old multiple-sport athlete was diagnosed with T1D in November of last year. It was a shock for the family, but fully explained Blake’s symptoms – he constantly drank water yet was always thirsty and lost weight. Then he told his mother, Dianne Lillicraf, that he had a hard time recognizing his friends from across the room – an easy distance that had never challenged him before.

“Fortunately, he didn’t have to be hospitalized,” Dianne said. “And from the very beginning he took it upon himself to take his insulin. We remind him to test, but other than that, he took charge. We’re kind of blessed that way – he was old enough to do that.”

Blake, an eighth-grader at Madison Middle School in Trumbull, Conn., has always been athletic. While he started with baseball, he now plays lacrosse, runs, and snowboards. He is also an avid drawer.

“He’s done some work for a few teachers at school, helping them with posters and things like that,” Dianne said.

Blake leaned on his creative talent and networking abilities developed through active participation in an Alzheimer’s awareness group to propel himself to the finals in Ford Customer Service Division’s (FCSD) “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, where he was chosen as the winner.

Blake, who during the contest raised $6,550 to support T1D research through JDRF, is attending the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago this weekend to see the design he created on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car, driven by Bob Tasca.

Children with T1D from around the nation competed in this year’s contest, and with the help of Ford dealerships and donations from employees, raised $57,127 for T1D research.

“The results of the contest this year were just astounding,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of marketing for FCSD. “We couldn’t be happier with the results. To all of the kids, Ford dealers and employees, and friends and families of the contestants, thank you.”

JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. Ford Motor Company has donated $42 million to JDRF, more than $3 million annually for the past 10 years. FCSD joined the effort in 2008 and has raised approximately $300,000 with the race car contest alone.

“It has been another remarkable year of progress and fundraising with the support of Ford Customer Service Division through the design contest,” said Margo K. Lucero, JDRF’s vice president of corporate development. “We are grateful for the amazing efforts of this year’s talented young contestants, and for Ford’s valued and continued support of JDRF and of all people living with type 1 diabetes.”

“We were overwhelmed (with the results of the contest),” said Blake’s mother, Dianne. “First, we were overwhelmed with the amount of donations that came in. We reached out to everyone we knew not expecting the outcome to be this great. It couldn’t happen at a better time. I think diabetes quietly takes a toll, especially for a 13-year-old boy.”

The Lillicraf family has been watching NHRA race broadcasts on ESPN2 to “study up” on what they’re about to see – the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car that Blake designed races at speeds faster than 300 mph.

“I can’t wait to get over there,” said Blake. “I’m just going to be really shocked to see cars going that fast. I can’t wait to see Bob (Tasca).”

This weekend’s race will be televised from 6:30-8 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, June 29, and 9 p.m. to midnight ET on Sunday, June 30, on ESPN2.

Bob Tasca, now in his sixth season behind the wheel of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car, always looks forward to having the contest winner at the track.

“The strength of these kids always amazes me,” Tasca said. “I have to have a lot of control with what I do, making sure I do everything right in my race car. But these kids have so much to handle in their day-to-day lives. It’s astounding how much they do to manage their type 1 diabetes at such young ages. I have a lot of respect for these kids and their families. We’re happy to help JDRF raise money for important research.”

In T1D, the body’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump, multiple times every day. Even with vigilant management, there is still a risk of T1D complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of research toward preventing, better treating, and eventually curing T1D.

For the first time, fans can text to make donations to JDRF. Money raised will be added to Blake’s fundraising total. Just text “JDRF” to 20222 once, anytime between now and August 16, 2013. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.

The donor must be age 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder (e.g. parents). By texting “YES”, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers.

Donations are collected for the benefit of JDRF by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message & data rates may apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting “STOP” to short code 20222; text “HELP” to 20222 for help. For the privacy policy: http://mobilegiving.org/privacy/Default.aspx.

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About Motorcraft
Motorcraft® offers a complete line of replacement parts that are recommended and approved by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to underhood repairs, Motorcraft parts offer exceptional value with the highest quality and right fit at competitive prices. Motorcraft parts are available nationwide at Ford and Lincoln dealers, independent distributors, and automotive parts retailers and are backed by Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Limited Warranty. For more information, visit 
www.motorcraft.com.

About Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers
Quick Lane® provides automotive quick services for all makes and models.  Quick Lane’s nationwide network of more than 600 facilities, each providing the convenience of an aftermarket company (no appointment necessary, service while you wait, evening and weekend hours, competitive prices) with the confidence of a major automotive manufacturer (quality parts, factory-trained technicians).  Quick Lane® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. For more information, visit 
www.quicklane.com.

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012 Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

For more information, please visit jdrf.org.

Ten Finalists Determined in ‘Our Everyday Heroes’ Contest for JDRF; Voting Continues as Money Raised Surpasses $40,000

DEARBORN, Mich., May 7, 2013—Ten finalists have made the cut in the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest hosted by Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), with more than $40,000 already raised for JDRF and a month left to vote.

Fifty-one children from around the country with T1D (type 1 diabetes) have been raising funds for research toward a cure for the disease they all share with the hopes of seeing their artwork on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car driven by Bob Tasca.

Finalists include: Blake Lillicraf, 13, of Trumbull, Conn.; Max Jacobson, 9, of New Orleans; Tyler Zoldak, 7, of New Kensington, Pa.; Ty Seabourn, 9, of Dallas; Meredith Meidl, 7, of Antigo, Wisc.; Grace Bouda, 5, of Brookfield, Wisc.; William Samberg, 8, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Caroline Simms, 12, Butler, Pa.; Maddilynn Kelly, 9, of Cypress, Texas; and Carson Magee, 10, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The top 10 fundraisers will now be paired with Ford dealers in their hometowns who will help them raise even more money for JDRF. Voting continues at http://www.FordRaceCar.JDRF.org until May 28, 2013. All proceeds go to JDRF.

The winning designer wins a trip to see the car that he or she designed race in the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 28-30, 2013, a professional drag race where the JDRF-themed Funny Car will race at speeds faster than 300 mph.

“Our goal this year was to raise $50,000 for JDRF and we are well on our way to reaching it,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of marketing, FCSD.

In 2012, Libby Ledford, 11, of Stanton, Mich. raised $1,915 in the contest that gave her the racing experience of a lifetime. The 5-foot-4, four-sport athlete was born into a drag racing family, but never dreamed she’d see her own artwork on an NHRA Funny Car.

Ford Motor Company’s relationship with JDRF spans three decades. In 2008, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing joined the effort. In five years, the race car design contest has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.

In T1D, the body’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump, multiple times every day. Even vigilant management does not ward against T1D complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of research toward preventing, better treating, and curing T1D and its complications.

 

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About Motorcraft
Motorcraft® offers a complete line of replacement parts that are recommended and approved by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to underhood repairs, Motorcraft parts offer exceptional value with the highest quality and right fit at competitive prices. Motorcraft parts are available nationwide at Ford and Lincoln dealers, independent distributors, and automotive parts retailers and are backed by Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Limited Warranty. For more information, visit 
www.motorcraft.com.

About Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers
Quick Lane® provides automotive quick services for all makes and models.  Quick Lane’s nationwide network of more than 600 facilities, each providing the convenience of an aftermarket company (no appointment necessary, service while you wait, evening and weekend hours, competitive prices) with the confidence of a major automotive manufacturer (quality parts, factory-trained technicians).  Quick Lane® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. For more information, visit 
www.quicklane.com.

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

Now Accepting Designs in Sixth-Annual “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF; Winner Designs Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang for Bob Tasca III

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 5, 2013—For the sixth consecutive year, one lucky child living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) will win a trip to see the car that he or she designed race in a real, professional motorsport, courtesy of Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) and its brands Motorcraft, the official recommended aftermarket part for Ford vehicles, and Quick Lane.

This year, the winner will attend the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 28-30, 2013, a professional drag race where the JDRF-themed Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car will race at speeds faster than 300 mph.

Ford Motor Company’s relationship with JDRF spans three decades. In 2008, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing joined the effort with the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF.

Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Funny Car, participated as a rookie driver in 2008. Now in his sixth year as a Funny Car driver, Tasca still looks forward to JDRF week at the race track.

“The designs these kids come up with are just incredible,” said Tasca, who recently participated in a “T1D for a Day” challenge to see what it’s like to live with type 1 diabetes (T1D). “It really is an honor to help spread the word about JDRF and tell the story of what these kids live with every day. Their strength is amazing.”

In five years, the race car design contest has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.

Children ages 5-18 living with T1D are eligible to participate. Visit www.jdrf.org/ford to download entry forms and for official rules. Entrants will be matched to their local JDRF chapters to help in the process.

Every child who enters raises money for JDRF by asking their friends and family to “vote” through donations for research toward preventing, better treating, and ultimately curing type 1 diabetes.

“We have a valuable platform in our race teams, and we are happy to use it to spread awareness and raise funding for such an important cause,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of Marketing, FCSD.

In 2012, Libby Ledford, 11, of Stanton, Mich. raised $1,915 in the contest that gave her the racing experience of a lifetime. The 5-foot-4, four-sport athlete was born into a drag racing family, but never dreamed she’d see her own artwork on an NHRA Funny Car.

“JDRF is proud to have the generous longstanding support of Ford through this incredible program,” said Margo K. Lucero, JDRF’s vice president of corporate development. “Every year, we look forward to seeing the creative entries by talented young people from around the country, who inspire us in our efforts to improve the lives of all people with type 1 diabetes.”

In T1D, the body’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump, multiple times every day. Even vigilant management does not ward against T1D complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of research toward preventing, better treating, and curing T1D and its complications.

 

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About Motorcraft
Motorcraft® offers a complete line of replacement parts that are recommended and approved by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to underhood repairs, Motorcraft parts offer exceptional value with the highest quality and right fit at competitive prices. Motorcraft parts are available nationwide at Ford and Lincoln dealers, independent distributors, and automotive parts retailers and are backed by Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Limited Warranty. For more information, visit 
www.motorcraft.com.

About Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers
Quick Lane® provides automotive quick services for all makes and models.  Quick Lane’s nationwide network of 600 facilities, each providing the convenience of an aftermarket company (no appointment necessary, service while you wait, evening and weekend hours, competitive prices) with the confidence of a major automotive manufacturer (quality parts, factory-trained technicians).  Quick Lane® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. For more information, visit 
www.quicklane.com.

 About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

TASCA, MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE TEAM TAKE ON THE HEAT; LOSE IN ROUND 2 TO NO. 1 QUALIFIER BY A NOSE

Joliet, Ill. – Driving down Route 66 Raceway in an NHRA Full Throttle Series Funny Car on Sunday felt a little like ice skating. In a sauna…in a snowsuit.

It was more than hot – the truly scorching temperatures tested the resolve and stamina of the world’s fastest motorsport’s best drivers. Bob Tasca III handled the taxing elements easily, cruising to the second round on a hole-shot win – unfortunately, over ‘One Ford’ teammate and hometown favorite Tim Wilkerson. And then came round two and another Ford opponent.

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LOOK OUT RECORD BOOKS: TASCA, NHRA FULL THROTTLE SERIES COMES TO CHICAGO WITH TWO NIGHTS OF QUALIFYING ON SCHEDULE

Joliet, Ill. – At Route 66 Raceway, there’s no escaping the raw power and speed that is NHRA Full Throttle Series
drag racing. But then, why would you want to? When Bob Tasca III starts the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car and pulls up to make his first qualifying pass, every spectator will feel the power of the 7,000 horsepower
machine. And with all four qualifying passes scheduled at night – the first race of the year that features all night qualifying – it’s bound to be a wild ride.

“It’s a tremendous racing surface,” Tasca said. “It positions itself as one of those races where you can break
records.”

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Tasca and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Reach Second Round at Route 66 Raceway

Joliet, Ill. – June 6, 2010 – After a solid qualifying pass on Saturday afternoon, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team were eager to start eliminations on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, their day was cut short during the second round.

Tasca entered Sunday’s eliminations in the fourth position where he would face the 13th qualifier Dale Creasy Jr. This was the pair’s first meeting in elimination rounds.

Tasca defeated Dale Creasy Jr., with a 4.201 second pass at 301.27 miles per hour. Creasy was first off the line but Tasca took the lead just before the 1,000 foot mark and advanced to the second round. Creasy ran a 4.272 second pass at 289.07 miles per hour. Tasca’s margin of victory was 0.0144 seconds, approximately six feet.

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Tasca and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Qualify Fourth at Route 66 Raceway

Joliet, Ill. – June 5, 2010 – When the pressure is on, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing step up to the challenge.

After rain cancelled one of Friday’s qualifying sessions, Tasca and the team attacked the track late in the day. Tasca posted the fifth quickest time on Friday with a 4.552 second pass at 194.94 miles per hour.

Heading into the final qualifying session on Saturday, Tasca and the team were sitting in the 18th position and not qualified for Sunday’s 13th Annual United Association NHRA Nationals. Cool under pressure, Tasca catapulted from 18th to fourth with a 4.136 second run at 305.56 miles per hour. That run was the top speed of the day and second quickest ET of the session.

“We lost the first run yesterday because of the rain,” said Tasca. “During the second session we broke an input shaft, which normally causes pretty severe damage to the race car. We were lucky and didn’t have any damage to our Shelby Mustang. Then, in the final session, we went from 18th to fourth. I give all the credit to Chris Cunningham, Marc Denner and all the guys for their efforts. They definitely put our team in a position to win on Sunday.”
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Tasca and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Team Look for a Win in the Windy City

DEARBORN, MI – June 2, 2010 – After having the holiday weekend off, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team are eager to get back to the race track for this weekend’s 13th Annual United Association NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill. The team is ready to start the June stretch of races with a win in the Windy City.

“I’ve done very well at Joliet in my Top Alcohol car and we had a good effort there last year,” said Tasca. “We’re due for a win. Going into these events we’ve made changes in order to put our team in a position to win. It’s only a matter of time before we get our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang in the winner’s circle.”
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