WITH HEAVY HEARTS, TASCA AND TEAM HEAD TO NORWALK NORWALK, Ohio (June 24, 2008) -- After a tough event in Englishtown with the loss of NHRA driver, Scott Kalitta, rookie Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby ...
WITH HEAVY HEARTS, TASCA AND TEAM HEAD TO NORWALK
NORWALK, Ohio (June 24, 2008) -- After a tough event in Englishtown with the loss of NHRA driver, Scott Kalitta, rookie Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang Funny Car team head to Norwalk, Ohio this weekend with heavy hearts for the running of the 2nd running of the NHRA Nationals.
"This past weekend in Englishtown was really tough for everyone at the race track," said Tasca. "It's just unimaginable what happened to Scott. We're going to carry him with us for a long, long time, and particularly into this weekend in Norwalk. He's at the forefront of our minds. His friends and family are in our thoughts and prayers and obviously this weekend is still going to be a very difficult weekend for all of the racers out there."
Tasca, a contender for rookie-of-the-year honors this season, will make his first nitro Funny Car start this weekend at the Ohio quarter-mile.
"Norwalk is just a great facility, and I'm really excited to get back to that track," said Tasca. "We're a little bit frustrated about going out in the first round the last two races, but Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] and I talked this morning and I have all the confidence in the world that we will turn things around this weekend in Norwalk."
Despite the first round exit this past weekend, Tasca and his team were able to hold on to their spot at 10th in the point standings. Tasca is seven points ahead of 11th-place driver, Del Worsham, and nine points in front of 12th-place driver, Gary Scelzi.
"We are very confident with our program, and very fortunate that we've been able to hang onto our spot at 10th in the points coming out of two straight first round losses," said Tasca. "But we've got to stay in the pack. We can't let the guys that are ninth and eighth get too far in front of us, and we can't let the drivers 11th on back to catch up any closer than they already have. We're within striking distance of this playoff deal, which is going to really start to develop over the next 30 days."
As the 12th race on the schedule, this weekend's race in Norwalk marks the halfway point in the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season.