Tasca to start 7th in sunday’s NHRA Nationals at Firebird

25th NHRA Nationals
Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz
Feb. 20-22, 2009

For Immediate Release

TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE TO START SEVENTH IN SUNDAY’S NHRA WINTERNATIONALS – MARKING TASCA’S SECOND TOP-10 START OF 2009

Phoenix, AZ., Feb 21, 2009 – In two words, Bob Tasca III announced his goal for the NHRA Winternationals. Conquer Phoenix.

Just one month ago in testing, Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team made eight passes down Firebird Raceway. The team eagerly returned to Phoenix on Friday with those test passes fresh in their minds.

On Saturday afternoon, Tasca piloted his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car to a seventh place qualifying effort in 4.10 seconds at 301.94 miles per hour. Tasca will face Jerry Toliver in first round eliminations on Sunday at Firebird Raceway.

“It was a great day today. We qualified seventh with a time of 4.10 seconds, knowing that definitely put us in the show,” said Tasca. “With a solid run early in the weekend, we knew we would have the opportunity to try some things that crew chief Chris Cunningham wanted to try on our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang. We learned a lot today. We smoked the tires in the first qualifying run today but we had some real promising data for the first 60 feet before the car smoked the tires.”

“We had great passes this weekend. I credit last year, off season testing and the hard work of Chris Cunningham, Marc Denner and all the guys on this Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, for our success in Phoenix so far. We’ve got some good data under our belt that we can use to capitalize our performance this weekend.”

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series can be seen on Sunday, Feb. 22, on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD for three hours of final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).

Qualifying Order – Funny Car
1. Ron Capps; 2. Mike Neff; 3. John Force; 4. Del Worsham; 5. Robert Hight; 6. Tony Pedregon; 7. Bob Tasca III; 8. Matt Hagan; 9. Jim Head; 10. Jerry Toliver; 11. Jack Beckman; 12. Ashley Force Hood; 13. Cruz Pedregon; 14. Tim Wilkerson; 15. Gary Densham; 16. Jeff Arend. DNQ – Bob Bode.

About Motorcraft
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About Quick Lane
Quick Lane® provides automotive quick services for all makes and models. Quick Lane’s® nationwide network of over 500 facilities provides the convenience of an aftermarket company (no appointment necessary, service while you wait, evening and weekend hours, competitive prices) with the confidence of a major automotive manufacturer (quality parts, factory-trained technicians). Quick Lane® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. For more information, visit www.quicklane.com.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 280,000 employees and more than 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo, and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. www.ford.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Susan Pollack
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center
313.203.7162 | 313.434.6912
spollack@pcgcampbell.com

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