ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., May 29, 2013—Bob Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team are ready to race at the team’s hometown track this weekend at the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ.
After the race, Tasca will visit JDRF headquarters in Manhattan to learn about the latest in T1D (type 1 diabetes) research and a meet-and-greet with employees there.
“I love racing at Englishtown,” said Tasca, who recently wrapped up the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF and will race the winning paint scheme in Chicago. “It’s always been our home track. We won there twice and whenever you get to go back to a place where you’ve won and have so many memories, it’s special. In Topeka the car got six runs down the track, and truth be told, I told the guys don’t even clean the car, just roll it out of the trailer! Although we may clean it.”
The winning JDRF design will be unveiled the week of the event at Route 66 Raceway. The contest raised more than $50,000 for T1D research.
Tasca felt the whole team turned a corner performance-wise in Topeka and is hoping to keep the momentum up this weekend.
“We just want to go racing,” Tasca said. “There’s only one race in Englishtown so we really want to get the win. The competition is getting tough. It’s starting to separate the pretenders from the contenders out there.”
Tasca recently nabbed the cover of National Dragster Magazine and was featured in an article in the magazine about Tasca Racing and its pioneer, his grandfather, Bob Sr.
“I thought it was a tremendous article,” Tasca said. “It’s always great to be part of those cover stories. The folks at National Dragster did a great job researching my grandfather and his history.”
ESPN2’s qualifying show is scheduled from 5-6 p.m. ET on Saturday, with the race from 4:30-7 p.m. ET Sunday.
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca 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 and Ford team.