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This Week in Ford Racing Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Funny Car, will participate in Ford Motor Company's "Bring Your Child to Work Day" on Thursday, April 23. While in Dearborn, Tasca will present an ...

This Week in Ford Racing

Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Funny Car, will participate in Ford Motor Company's "Bring Your Child to Work Day" on Thursday, April 23. While in Dearborn, Tasca will present an NHRA "Wally" to sponsors Motorcraft, Quick Lane and Ford Customer Service Division on Friday.

YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN FORD'S "BRING YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY" AGAIN THIS YEAR. "For the second year in a row, I'm going to 'Bring Your Child to Work Day' at Ford in Dearborn. I thought it was really neat last year and the day includes more than your child sitting next to you and watching to see what you do. They had activities and challenges that really stimulated the kids' imaginations. To be there and share some of my experiences, stories, answer questions, take pictures and sign autographs; I wouldn't miss it for world. I'm really excited about getting back and seeing a lot of the same kids from last year and I'm sure there will be many more new ones."

HOW DO YOU INTERACT WITH CHILDREN AT THE RACE TRACK? "The best part of my job is to spend time with kids at the ropes. The team knows if there are kids at the ropes that want an autograph to come and get me because those are the impressions that are so valuable. I remember when I was kid meeting Bob Glidden and certain race-car drivers and they had a lasting effect on me. I'm humbled and privileged to interact with children now that I'm the race car driver."

SINCE YOU ARE IN DEARBORN FOR TWO DAYS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON FRIDAY? "On Friday, we're going to have a trophy presentation. One of the first things I wanted to do when we won in Gainesville was to get back out to Dearborn and connect with a lot of people that unfortunately can't make it out to the races. I wanted to be able to take back a little piece of history and ultimately deliver on a commitment that I made that we would win. Nobody can guarantee a championship. Those can take careers to win a championship. But to win and to build a competitive program was something that I put my fingerprint on and my commitment that I would win for Motorcraft and Quick Lane. I'm just privileged and honored to be able to come back to Dearborn and meet the people and give back to all the people that believed in our program and invested in our program to deliver the first of hopefully many trophies. But the first has the most significance that they can put on display and keep for the archives, the first win as a team."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Glidden , Bob Tasca III
Teams CIP