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TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE SHELBY MUSTANG TEAM EAGER TO REVIVE ATLANTA SUCCESS In a city rich with history, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team look to channel results from last year's Atlanta race, plus one ...

TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE SHELBY MUSTANG TEAM EAGER TO REVIVE ATLANTA SUCCESS

In a city rich with history, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team look to channel results from last year's Atlanta race, plus one round.

One year ago, in his sixth career Funny Car race, Bob Tasca III in his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang reached the semi-final round for the first time. After two difficult weeks in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Tasca looks forward to returning to a track where he's seen success.

"We have a team and a Shelby Mustang that has shown strength this year and we're just looking to get back to racing," said Tasca. "Atlanta is a great track that has been good to me over the last couple of years. We're going to get some rounds under our belt in Atlanta and see if we can walk away with the trophy. The level of determination, focus and confidence of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team has been phenomenal this year especially after the great week in Gainesville, and then we had two tough races in Houston and Las Vegas."

Just Peachy. Tasca looks at the season in two parts, pre-Countdown and the final 10 races. At the beginning of the season, Tasca set the goal to remain a fixture in the top-10 points standings. Despite two difficult weeks on the track, Tasca is satisfied with his sixth place position in the point standings.

"We're very early into the season but I love where we're sitting right now," said Tasca. "We're a round and a half out of second place. Seven of the top eight cars are within two rounds of second place and that just shows how competitive everyone is this early in the season. Just like you need to qualify to win on Sunday, you need to be in the top-10 to run for the championship. That's what our goal is at this point of the season -- to get into the top-10."

Mustang's 45th Anniversary. On April 17, 1964, the Ford Mustang made its debut at the New York World's Fair. This weekend Tasca will run a special 45th Anniversary Mustang decal on his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang to commemorate this significant milestone for the pony car.

"When I was 16 years old, my first car was a brand new 1992 Mustang GT coupe with a white leather interior and we made a bunch of modifications to it," recalled Tasca. "That's probably my favorite street Mustang. It was the first car I had in my garage, the first car I took down a drag strip. Mustang is iconic; it is part of the DNA of America. It has withstood the test of time and the ups and downs of economies. It's just an iconic brand; it's like baseball to a certain extent. It's classic."

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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