DEARBORN, Mich., November 12, 2014 — Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team are striving to finish the 2014 season on an upswing at the 50th Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., Nov. 14-16.
“I always want to end the year on a high note no matter what kind of year I’ve had because you carry that result with you for the entire off season,” said Tasca who is concluding his seventh year on the NHRA Nitro Funny Car circuit.
The Rhode Island native and four-time winner said he’s as confident as he’s been all season that he has a car that can compete with the fastest competitors on the track.
“In the previous race at Las Vegas, we qualified as well as we did all year (7th) and I think we have a great hot rod,” he said.
Back in February at the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Tasca struggled during qualifying, putting his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car into the Sunday eliminations at the Circle K Winternationals on his last attempt with a 4.13-second/311-mph pass, but raced to the semifinals with round wins over Cruz Pedregon and Ron Capps before losing to a red-hot John Force, 4.02-seconds to 5.00 seconds.
Although the rest of the season didn’t go as well as Tasca had hoped, he waxed philosophic about the end of the NHRA year.
“You’re bringing something to a close and it gives you time to reflect,” he said. “But the end of one season is the beginning of the next so you immediately have something to look forward to.”
The action gets underway at Auto Club Raceway on Friday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. local time. Qualifying can be seen live Nov. 14 on ESPN3 at 5:45 p.m. ET, and early Sunday morning, Nov. 16 from 3-5 a.m. on ESPN2 and again from 3-4:30 p.m. Eliminations can be seen Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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, St., 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.