POMONA, Calif., Nov. 10, 2013—Bob Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team capped off an up-and-down year with a spectacular pedalfest in the second round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Tasca’s opponent Cruz Pedregon smoked the tires first, but soon both cars were struggling down the track. Ultimately Pedregon crossed the finish line first with a 5.207-second lap at 267.43 mph to Tasca’s 5.626 at 242.93. Tasca advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over Courtney Force in the first round, where Tasca drove to a 4.108 at 309.56 to Force’s 4.260 at 256.50.
“It’s not the end of the season we wanted,” Tasca said. “There were a lot of highs and a lot of lows, and that’s just racing. The bottom line is it’s always good to see a season come to an end and give yourself the opportunity to reflect on changes you made and things we need to work on in the off-season. I had some real highlights with that 3.98 and a couple of final rounds (in Denver and Seattle) and semifinals (Pomona 1 and Chicago).
“We just didn’t achieve what we wanted to achieve. We’ve got to dig deep in this off-season and come out swinging in testing in Palm Beach in January, roll out here for the Winternationals and start the 2014 season off on the right foot. That’s ultimately the goal, to come out and win a national championship for Ford and for Motorcraft and Quick Lane. We did a lot of work this season and ultimately hard work will pay off.”
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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.