CRANSTON, RI, May 1, 2014 – Team Tasca has given Mark Denner, co-crew chief since 2009, full responsibility for the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car, effective immediately. Chris Cunningham, the team’s other co-crew chief, has been released.
“Chris has been with our team for more than six years and I wish him the best of luck,” said team owner/driver Bob Tasca III. “Recent results on the track, however, have shown that we need to take the team in a different direction.
“Mark has been with our team for many years,” said Tasca. “I have full confidence in Mark.”
The Denner-led Team Tasca will debut at the next stop of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Summer Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Atlanta, Ga., May 16-18.
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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 team.