Charlotte: Bob Tasca III preview

SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM IN CHARLOTTE DEARBORN, MI -- September 15, 2009 -- At the beginning of the season, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team circled the NHRA Carolina Nationals on...

SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM IN CHARLOTTE

DEARBORN, MI -- September 15, 2009 -- At the beginning of the season, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team circled the NHRA Carolina Nationals on their calendars. This was a weekend the team has looked forward to all season long.

In addition to racing at one of the series' top tracks, Tasca and the team are celebrating the grand opening of their race shop in Concord, NC. During that grand opening celebration, the team will make one young person's dream car design come to life on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang.

"This is a big weekend for everyone at Motorcraft/Quick Lane and Tasca Racing," said Tasca. "This is the first race of the Countdown, the grand opening of our race shop, the unveiling of our JDRF car and we're picking up on a tune-up that was very competitive in Indianapolis. We're looking forward to Charlotte this weekend."

Tasca hopes that the special JDRF paint scheme on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang helps him move up the ladder as this weekend marks the first race in the Countdown to 1, the NHRA playoffs.

"The JDRF-designed Mustang is awesome," said Tasca. "This is the second year we've partnered with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and held the Funny Car design contest. The winning child and their family are going to be in Charlotte to help unveil the race car and watch me race it down the track on Friday."

NHRA implemented a new qualifying and record-setting points system for this weekend allocating points for the top three slots in each qualifying session and Tasca thinks his team can benefit from the recent change.

"We go out every round and try to go for the No. 1 spot," said Tasca. "When you look at Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang and how consistent we've been during every qualifying session, I think it can play to our advantage. We have the opportunity to pick up some extra points. The more consistent a race car is over the course of the weekend, they will benefit with the new point system and we think we'll be one of them."

Tasca Racing Open House and JDRF Funny Car Unveiling
Open House: Thursday, September 17: Noon -- 7 p.m.
JDRF Unveiling: Thursday, September 17: 5 p.m. -- 7 p.m.
Tasca Racing, 4467 Raceway Road, Concord, NC.

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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