Tasca, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Take First-Round Loss in Gainesville; Vegas Up Next

GAINESVILLE, FLA., March 11, 2012–Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team wound up on the wrong side of a close race after a tuning gamble and wear on the clutch put them just off the pace in Round 1 at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

Tasca clocked a 4.115-second pass at 307.30 mph against opponent Jim Head after qualifying fifth with a 4.083 at 309.06. Stellar conditions put the quickest cars well into the 4.0s through the weekend.

“It was not the day we had hoped for,” said Tasca, who picked up one bonus point for recording the third-quickest run in Funny Car on Friday. “The conditions got really good here on Sunday. We smoked the tires twice on Saturday. It was almost a repeat of what happened in Phoenix. We pulled the car back a little bit on Sunday morning based on the data we had from Saturday. The track got real good. The tire was hooked up. The motor got free of the clutch and we wore a lot of clutch.

“Unfortunately, it slowed our car down. Hats off to Jim Head. He really took us by surprise. We didn’t think they were going to go out and run a 4.08. It was a close drag race and we came out on the wrong end of it. The only good news is it’s a long season and we’re very early into it. We’ve got a car that can put up some big numbers. We’ve just got to make the right calls on Sunday.”

The NHRA Full Throttle Series heads to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 30-April 1, 2012.

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