LAS VEGAS (April 8, 2008) – Heading into the fifth race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season this weekend in Las Vegas, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Shelby Mustang team look to put together a solid performance at one of Tasca’s favorite racetracks.
“Las Vegas is a race you circle on your calendar at the beginning of the season as one where you want to showcase your best performance,” said Tasca. “Being in the city that is the home base for Carroll Shelby’s company certainly is another factor to help hype us up for the race.”
The rookie nitro driver is coming off a consistent event in Houston; one that saw his Shelby Mustang make four solid qualifying runs down the track. While Houston’s Sunday outcome wasn’t what the team had hoped for, Tasca is encouraged by the progress the car is showing.
“I think that the car performed terrific in Houston, except of course for the first round,” said Tasca. “We had a very consistent race car in qualifying and if we can build on that in Las Vegas, we should be successful. Our intention this season is to qualify well with four consistent runs and put ourselves in a position to win on Sunday.”
With bad weather plaguing most of the start to the season, this weekend is predicted to be hot and sunny, which will play a factor for everyone setting up the cars.
“It’s supposed to be hot, so the track conditions are going to be tricky,” said Tasca. “That is really an equalizer for a lot of teams, because you can’t throw all the power at the car. You’re going to have to really finesse the car down the racetrack. Las Vegas is a red carpet. It’s got a wide groove and it’s forgiving from a driver’s standpoint. The surface temperature will definitely be something that the crew chiefs are going to have to deal with come Saturday and Sunday.
“We’ve got some confidence going into Las Vegas with the changes that we made from our Houston test. I’m really excited to get back to the track and put together a great weekend for all of the fans and our sponsors.”
TASCA ON VEGAS:
“It’s an incredible complex and one of the nicest facilities on the whole tour.”
Bob Tasca III will participate in Thursday night’s Grand Opening of the Shelby Corner Café on the campus of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tasca, along with Carroll Shelby and Don Prudhomme, will be on hand for a driver autograph session from 7 – 8 p.m.