INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 30, 2013—Bob Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team are p1 with four qualifying sessions left to go at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
Tasca drove to a stellar 4.085-second pass at 312.28 mph on a hot track.
“That was right on target with what the guys wanted to run,” Tasca said. “They wanted to run a .07, .08. We thought (the track) was good enough to take a real shot at it.”
This would be Tasca’s first number one qualifier at the famed event, his first since Bristol 2012 and fourth overall.
Tasca and the Motorcraft team are currently ninth in the NHRA Mello Yello Series standings, locked in a fierce points battle with two other Ford drivers – No. 8 Tim Wilkerson, who’s 46 points ahead of Tasca, and Robert Hight, who at No. 9 is a mere four points behind him. Outside looking in is Del Worsham.
After Indianapolis, the points reset for the top 10 drivers in the standings, who become playoff contenders.
“I’m having fun,” Tasca said. “At the end of the day, we go into every race to win. This is the life that we live. This type of stress…call it whatever you want. Pressure. This is what it takes to be a championship contender. In six years out here, I haven’t had a team or a race car as good as I have now. So game on…bring it on. I went back to the pit and told the guys we’re here to win, not just to stay in the top 10.”
Qualifying from Indianapolis will air on ESPN2 from 1-6 p.m. ET Sunday, September 1, with the race on noon to 6 p.m. ET Monday.
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.
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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.