INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 2008) – It wasn’t Bob Tasca III’s day at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, as the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team just couldn’t catch a break. With a red light on the tree and the tires smoking right from the start, the team fell to Cruz Pedregon in the first round in Tasca’s first professional appearance in the biggest race of the season.
“We had two huge issues today,” said Tasca. “One, the car smoked the tires at the hit, of which there was no reason. And [Ron] Capps did the same thing right before us. We had made no change to our car for it to react like that, period. And then second, I red lighted. I can’t believe I red lit. I saw the amber and then I didn’t do anything different, but obviously on race day you’re amped up more than usual, and Cruz is the best leaver out here, so that stuff plays into it. But at the end of the day, it didn’t make a difference.”
Tasca and his team battled all weekend to earn a spot in today’s 16-car field, having to earn a spot in the “Big Go” on Sunday in extremely hot conditions, after fighting the track during Friday’s and Saturday’s night sessions.
“It was a big race for us to get in and a big race for Ford, Motorcraft, and Quick Lane, because we had their winning JDRF design on the racecar this weekend,” said the Rhode Island rookie. “Obviously we didn’t get the result that we wanted, but we’ll just keep chipping away at it and head to Charlotte and see what they have in store for us there.”
The race in two weeks in Charlotte will mark the first of the final six events left in the 2008 POWERade Drag Racing Series season. While not in the Countdown to One, Tasca and his team remain on a mission as he continues to compete for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:
Elimination Run No. 1: Tasca: 12.390 ET / 56.68 mph (RED LIGHT)
C. Pedregon: 4.191 ET / 298.21 mph
– Tasca competed this weekend with a special Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) wrap on his Shelby Mustang this weekend, designed by six-year-old Sam Millard from Greenville, Texas.
. Sam Millard’s design was chosen as the winner from over 300 designs that were submitted from kids with type 1 diabetes. The online contest for the car designs raised more than $84,000 for research for type 1 diabetes.
– Tasca is running a full season and for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
– Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February.
ABOUT THE DRIVER:
Bob Tasca III is a 32-year-old rookie in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing nitro Funny Car class. Tasca competed the past three seasons in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Tasca is also a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.