CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 12, 2013—Bob Tasca is ready to trade his suit and tie for his Motorcraft/Quick Lane firesuit for this weekend’s start to the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, where he’s ready to play his role of spoiler perfectly.
“It’s time to look forward, not back,” said Tasca, who learned that lesson from NHRA Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden before Tasca was even old enough to race. “That’s something important we talk about a lot on this Motorcraft/Quick Lane team. Racing these days, the points are too close and the teams are all too good to expect to drive over your competition every week. Sometimes things won’t go your way but you have to keep working at it.”
Tasca missed this year’s Mello Yello Series playoffs by just four points in a fight that went down to the last race of the regular season.
“We didn’t expect it to be easy,” said Tasca, a sixth-year pro driver from Hope, R.I. “That’s why you have to do the work every week and get yourself in the best position you can, so you won’t be where we were (in Indianapolis), and we know that. We’ve had a consistent car this year, we just haven’t had much luck on race day. Every week my guys are giving me a car that can win and we’re ready to do that.”
After the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team went straight to Rhode Island for the 16th-annual Tasca Ford Mustang Car Show, an event that draws more than 250 cars and “charges” donations of cans of food for the Rhode Island Food Bank for admission.
Tasca’s Ford Funny Car teammates John Force and Tim Wilkerson also attended to help entertain the crowd.
“I can’t thank John and Tim enough,” Tasca said. “The U.S. Nationals is such a grind and to do something like coming up to the car show right after really shows a commitment to the fans up here. For a lot of them, it’s the first time they’ll see an NHRA Funny Car fire up. After that they’re hooked. Now they can actually go to a race, in Epping (N.H.) next year.”
From there, Tasca went to Dearborn, Mich. for a week of meetings at Ford Motor Company, where he sits on a special committee that reviews new products and gives the company advice on what will sell.
Although serving on the committee is an honor, Tasca’s ready to race.
Coverage from the Carlyle Tools NHRA Nationals airs on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 from 3:30-5 a.m. ET (qualifying) and 8:30 p.m. ET (eliminations) on ESPN2.
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.