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.
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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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.