DEARBORN, Mich., March 24, 2014 – Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team head to the 14th Annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 28-30, fifth in the points after three races and exploring ways to make power at high altitude to take advantage of the traction the Nevada track offers.
After qualifying No. 2 at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville with a 4.103-second, 304.39-mph Friday afternoon run, Tasca topped Blake Alexander in the first elimination round, 4.140/308.14 to 4.251/296.29, but then was himself eliminated by fellow Ford driver and eventual winner Robert Hight. As a result, he moved up from 7th to 5th in the NHRA Mello Yello Nitro Funny Car standings with 184 points.
“Fifth in the points going out to Vegas – I’ll take it,” Tasca said. “We are right where we want to be in the points. Now we need a win. We have a car that is much more consistent than last year. We simply need to keep working on our game plan.
“I love racing at Vegas,” he continued. “It’s one of the top tracks in the country and there’s always a great atmosphere.”
Although he says the track surface is great to run on, the thin desert air puts horsepower at a premium.
“The racing surface is top notch, but you’re racing in high altitude so making power becomes more of a challenge,” he continued. “We really push the engines to the max to take advantage of the traction that The Strip offers.”
Nitro Funny Car action gets underway in Las Vegas at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, April 28.
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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.