DEARBORN, Mich., August 27, 2014 – The racing world focuses on central Indiana every Memorial Day weekend for the Indianapolis 500. Drag racing commands the attention in Indy each Labor Day weekend. This year’s 60th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals, Aug. 29-Sept.,1 at Lucas Oil Raceway, is no exception.
If the Indy 500 is the Super Bowl of open-wheel racing, the same holds true of the U.S. Nationals for drag racing.
“Indy is such a great place to race and it’s so historically significant,” said Bob Tasca III, owner/driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car. “Indy is one of those wins that every driver wants to get.”
Tasca has been close to grabbing the golden ring that is a U.S. Nationals win, which makes his desire for victory at Indy even stronger.
“We’ve had success there,” Tasca recalled. “I’ve been in the finals there twice in my alcohol car and once in the fuel car so we’ve turned the win light on in every round except the last one.”
Tasca’s best nitro Funny Car showing in the U.S. Nationals was in 2011 when he dispatched John Force, Melanie Troxel and Ron Capps before losing a close final to Mike Neff.
“This year, we’re going to try to put the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car in the best position to win it,” he said.
The action gets underway on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. local time at Lucas Oil Raceway. Qualifying can be seen Aug. 29 on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. EDT, on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. Eliminations can be seen live Sept. 1 beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on ESPN3 and from noon to 6 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca III on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.
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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 team.