DEARBORN, Mich., June 25, 2014 – Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car Owner/Driver Bob Tasca III returns this weekend to the scene of one of his career’s crowning moments, Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., near Chicago, for the 17th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals.
A year ago in Joliet, Tasca became only the third Funny Car driver ever to run in the threes (3.988) and the first Ford pilot to accomplish that feat. He went on to beat Jeff Arend in round 1 and pedaled past fellow Ford driver Tim Wilkserson in the second round before being stopped by Matt Hagan in the semifinal.
“Obviously this is a site where we ran into the threes for the first time,” Tasca said. “We’ll go back there and try to do it again. It’s a great track, a great surface and should be a great race.”
The action in Joliet gets underway on Friday, June 27, at 5:15 p.m. local time at Route 66 Raceway. Qualifying can be seen June 28 on ESPN2 from 8-10 p.m. ET. Eliminations will air June 29 on ESPN2 from 3-6 p.m.
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 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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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.