NORWALK, Ohio, July 6, 2013—Every roller coaster hill has its valley, and just like the rides at nearby Cedar Point amusement park, the descent from the ultimate high of becoming the first Ford to break the four-second barrier in Chicago reached its low in qualifying in Norwalk.
Tasca will face Robert Hight in Round 1 of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals after qualifying 15th with a 7.465-second pass at 81.64 mph in two hot and humid days of qualifying that often put NHRA Mello Yello Series Funny Car teams to the test.
Tasca clocked a 4.204-sec. lap at 300.33 in Friday’s first session, but suffered a mechanical failure on the second qualifying attempt that aborted the run. Since only the top 12 times carry over into day two, Tasca started Saturday with a clean slate. Unfortunately, bugs plagued the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team on both attempts.
“This hasn’t been our weekend so far, but momentum shifts so fast in this sport,” Tasca said. “We’ll keep tracking down our gremlins tonight and be ready to race tomorrow.”
Qualifying from Norwalk is on ESPN2 from 6-8 p.m. ET tonight (July 6, 2013). Finals from Norwalk will air from 7-10 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.