MOTORCRAFT, QUICK LANEÂ® TIRE & AUTO CENTERS AND BOB TASCA III TEAM UP FOR THE 2008 NHRA NITRO FUNNY CAR SEASON * Ford Customer Service Division, with its Motorcraft and Quick LaneÂ® Tire & Auto Centers brands, returns to the ranks of NHRA Nitro...
MOTORCRAFT, QUICK LANE® TIRE & AUTO CENTERS AND BOB TASCA III TEAM UP FOR THE 2008 NHRA NITRO FUNNY CAR SEASON
* Ford Customer Service Division, with its Motorcraft and Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Centers brands, returns to the ranks of NHRA Nitro Funny Car competition as primary sponsor of the Tasca Racing Shelby Mustang Funny Car of Bob Tasca III for the 2008 season
* Tasca will compete for Rookie-of-the-Year honors in Nitro Funny Car.
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 18, 2008 -- For years, the Tasca name has been seen on Ford drag racing cars. Now, a Tasca will be in one.
Bob Tasca III, whose grandfather was instrumental in launching Ford's return to professional drag racing over four decades ago, will drive the Motorcraft/Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Centers Shelby Mustang NHRA Funny Car in 2008.
Tasca, with his Tasca Racing team, will run for Rookie-of-the-Year honors as he makes the jump to a Nitro Funny Car after competing in an Alcohol Funny Car the past two seasons. He holds the AFC division's record for quickest elapsed time in the quarter mile at 5.541 seconds at 263 mph.
Tasca will make his first appearance in the car during pre-season testing at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix Jan. 24, preparing for the season-opening NHRA Winternationals event at Pomona, Calif., on Feb. 7-10.
"I'm just really excited about taking a step up and racing a Nitro Funny Car in the 2008 season with Motorcraft and Quick Lane," said Tasca, whose family are well known Ford dealers in the Northeast. "It was really a Herculean effort, in a very short period of time, that we've pulled this thing together on all fronts."
Both Motorcraft and Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Centers have long-standing relationships with Tasca, previously partnering with the third-generation Ford dealer as he made his way through the ranks of racing.
"The Tasca family has been with Ford for a really long time," said Al Giombetti, Ford Customer Service Division executive director. "The Tasca family has also been with racing and drag racing for a very long time, and they're an established family. And, certainly in the automotive world, there are a lot of people who really look up to the Tasca family as being very special.
"When they set their minds to something, they do it. And, they're always successful."
Licensed in both Super Comp and Pro Stock cars and following successful seasons driving an Alcohol Funny Car, Tasca is eager to enter one of the most competitive classes of professional drag racing.
"I'm very confident in my abilities, but at the same time know and realize that there will be quite a learning curve, at least initially, that I'll go through," said Tasca. "At the end of the day, we are focused on qualifying and we're focused on winning rounds. You win rounds, you win races. You win races, you win championships. So it's a one-step-at-a-time approach that we're going to take, but we're certainly going to roll into Pomona ready, that's for sure."