RICHMOND, Virginia. (Oct. 8, 2008) – Rookie Bob Tasca III will compete this weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park, which is a familiar track and one that has special meaning and memories for the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang.
“I’ve won two divisional races in Richmond. One in the inaugural race in 2006 and then again in 2007,” said Tasca. “The win in 2006 was my first win ever, so this track is dear to my heart. I’m really looking forward to getting back there, and for this year’s trip to be in the nitro car.”
Tasca and his team enter this weekend’s race with a the specific goal of improving on their Friday night performance. The past few races, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team has missed recording a qualifying time by just one spot on Friday, which is a position they’re hoping to avoid for the remainder of the season.
“For our team, our view going into this race is that we need to re-establish this car on Friday night,” said Tasca. “We had a point earlier this season when we were consistently qualifying in the top half of the field and we need to get back to that point. We’ve been running very well on Saturday, but truth be told, you’ve got to be running well on Friday night to get to the top of the field. We just haven’t put ourselves in a position on Friday night like we need to, so we’re hoping for a strong run under the lights this Friday.
“We’ve been at such a disadvantage this season with not being able to test, and it’s been so frustrating to me as a young driver and to Chris,” said Tasca. “It’s difficult to go out on a race weekend and try something different and if you get a little too far out of the groove, sometimes it’s hard to find your way back. It’s been just challenging for us not to have that opportunity to test, but now we are getting into conditions that we saw earlier in the season, so we do have some great data that we can work off of.”
For Tasca, it’s hard to believe that only three races remain in his rookie season. While frustrated by missing the Countdown field this season, Tasca and his team have come a long way in the past year, with their racing team still not even a full year old.
“I was talking to some of the guys at Motorcraft this weekend and this season has almost been like a blur,” said Tasca. “If you look back at what we’ve done since last November with the racing side and the business side of this program, it’s pretty remarkable. We’ve had a lot of good things happen this year and we’ve got a lot of big announcements that we’re going to make between now and the end of the year, which is going to build momentum for 2009. I’m just really proud of the team, and the program.
“From a business side, it’s amazing how the Motorcraft and Quick Lane teams have executed everything from the onsite Quick Lane training that we’ve done, to the midway display and especially the work that we’ve done this season with JDRF,” said Tasca. “Some of the things on the business side have been just as amazing as some of the things that we’ve done on a racing side in our first year. I’m just really excited about finishing this season strong and gearing up for 2009.”
NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:
– Tasca is one of five drivers in NHRA pro classes that are up for Rookie-of-the-Year honors for the 2008 season.
– The rookie driver is 11th in the championship standings
– Tasca Racing recently broke ground on their new racing shop in Concord, North Carolina, with an expected complete date of February 2009.
– Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February.
ABOUT THE DRIVER:
Bob Tasca III is a 32-year-old rookie in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing nitro Funny Car class. Tasca competed the past three seasons in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Tasca is also a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.