KENT, Wash. (July 16, 2008) – Bob Tasca III is a driver and team owner that doesn’t settle for just good enough. Heading into this weekend’s NHRA Nationals in Seattle, the rookie driver is determined to get his team back up into the top 10 in championship points, after dipping to 11th by two points.
“We may be a new team this season, but we’re focused on getting ourselves back into the top 10, and doing it quickly,” said Tasca. “As far as I’m concerned, if you’re in the top 10 by 20 points or you’re out of it by two, it makes no difference, you have to win. We have to go rounds, or we won’t make it into the playoffs. We’ve done very well qualifying on Friday and Saturday, but I think that there is a little frustration that things haven’t gone our way more on Sunday. “
The rookie driver, who made the jump from an Alcohol Funny Car to a nitro Funny Car this year, put together a team in three months during the off season, and earned his license just days before the first race of the season. While one might think that those accomplishments alone would be enough for a driver in his year, that’s not the case with Tasca.
“Our race team is not settling,” said Tasca. “The theme for us going into Seattle is that we want to put it together on Sunday. I don’t care if I qualify 16th, as long as we make it in, because that’s what it takes to win. I think it’s only a matter of time – I mean this racecar can win. We know it, and I think that there are a lot of other people that know it; unfortunately, we just haven’t shown it yet.“
This weekend’s stop in Seattle is the second of the three-in-a-row races that make up the Western Swing. The Swing is made up of three tracks, all of which Tasca will race for the first time.
“Seattle and then Sonoma will be the first for me as a driver,” said the Rookie-of-the-Year candidate. “I’m staying out on the road and I’m coming back with a trophy. The guys are very confident with the racecar and the tune-up that we have on the car, and our time is coming.”
An appearance in Sunday’s NHRA Nationals will give Tasca his 13th start of his nitro Funny Car season.
NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:
– Tasca will attempt to make his 13th start of the season this weekend in Denver
– This will be Tasca’s first race in Seattle.
– The rookie driver is 11th in the championship standings and sixth in the Full Throttle Pit Crew Challenge.
– Tasca is running a full season and for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
– 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.