HOUSTON (March 25, 2008) – After bad weather cancelled Friday qualifying runs for the past two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team head to Houston this weekend with the hope of not needing their rain gear.
“As a new team, the one thing we cherish is run data, and to lose four qualifying runs in the first three races of the year has not helped us at all,” said Tasca. “One of the most important things for us this weekend in Houston is get all four runs in. If we can do that and do well in the race on Sunday, we’ll go and test on Monday and hopefully come out with a lot of runs and data to take with us into Las Vegas.”
After getting eliminated by Jim Head in the first round of competition in Gainesville two weeks ago, Tasca looks forward to getting his car down the track and earning a qualifying spot in the top half of the field.
“We’re excited to go to Houston because we’ve really started to get a baseline on this racecar,” said Tasca. “I’ve always felt that it was going to take us five or six races for us to do that. We’re going to stay and test on Monday after Houston regardless of how we do this weekend, which is a really important part of our program. Just being able to continue to practice and refine the combination with our car is really beneficial to our team.”
In a sport that is measured by fractions of seconds, fine-tuning and setting up the car exactly right for track conditions is the main focus for the team this weekend.
“It comes down to being able to control the car through the clutch and apply the proper amount of power to the race track,” said Tasca. “These cars overpower the track, which is really the issue that we face. We have plenty of horsepower to do the job, but we just have to do a better job of managing the power to get these cars to go from point A to point B.
“Our team has a lot of confidence going into this weekend. We’ve got a good team; we’ve got great sponsors and a lot of talent in our crew chiefs. Truthfully, for me as a driver, every time down the track I’m getting more and more comfortable in the car.”
Tasca on Houston Raceway Park:
“ Houston is a great event with great conditions because you’re just above sea level there in Baytown. It’s a good track, so I think that like Gainesville, there will be a lot of horsepower at that facility.”
News/Stats at a Glance:
– Tasca looks to make his third nitro Funny Car start this weekend
– Tasca is running a full season and competing for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors
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, earning two professional wins at Englishtown and Virginia. Tasca is a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.