NORWALK, OHIO, July 8, 2012–Three of the four Funny Cars that made it to the semifinals in Norwalk were Fords, and Bob Tasca III was in one of them.
Tasca earned a first-round win against Blake Alexander, driving his JDRF-themed “Our Everyday Heroes” Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang to a 4.153-second pass at 305.49 mph to Alexander’s 5.359 at 133.91. Tasca, cheered on by Libby Ledford, the 11-year-old junior dragster driver who designed his paint scheme, her family, representatives from JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), got a free pass in Round 2 when opponent Ron Capps crossed the center line.
He faced a fellow Ford in the semifinals – Shelby teammate Tim Wilkerson. Tasca’s was the better car (4.237, 296.70) but Wilkerson (4.242, 295.14) was quicker off the starting line (.117-seconds to Tasca’s .181) for a holeshot win. Mike Neff took on Cruz Pedregon on the other side of the ladder as the third Blue Oval to make Round 3 and went on to win the race.
“It was an exciting weekend,” said Tasca, who with FCSD presented a check for $24,819. “I was so proud to represent JDRF and their cause to find a cure and have Libby Ledford’s design come to life. Our Motorcraft/Quick Lane team did a great job. Unfortunately in the semifinals against our teammate Tim Wilkerson I beat myself, bottom line. I put both bulbs on at the same time, which I never do, and as I was stepping off the clutch the tree came down. It’s all on me. The team did what they’re supposed to do.”
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team earned the “Best Appearing Crew” award for the crew shirts designed by Ledford.
The NHRA Full Throttle Series now heads west for the famed Western Swing, a Denver-Sonoma, Calif.-Seattle trek in the heart of summer.
“It’s heating up now,” Tasca said. You need a race car that can go down the race track in the heat. I think we finally got a handle on this Motorcraft/Quick Lane car.”
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 III on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.
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