Seattle: Bob Tasca III preview

TASCA AND THE MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM EXPECT SOLID ROUNDS IN SEATTLE To improve the future, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team study the past. One year ago, with just over a dozen races under his belt,...

TASCA AND THE MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM EXPECT SOLID ROUNDS IN SEATTLE

To improve the future, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team study the past. One year ago, with just over a dozen races under his belt, Tasca and the team qualified 13th and lost in the first round at the northwestern track. The team reviewed the 2008 data, compared their performance from 2009 and set a plan in motion for this weekend's race in Emerald City.

"I'm looking forward to Seattle and getting back to sea level because we're getting back to a tune up that we've been very successful with this year," said Tasca. "Seattle is a race that I want a little personal redemption. The first round last year wasn't one of my shining moments."

During the 2008 season, Tasca achieved eight round wins and 22 losses. Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team failed to advance to the second round during last year's West Coast Swing. This season, Tasca achieved one round win in Denver bringing his year to date round win total to 15 round wins and 12 losses.

"Last year, we did not win a round on the West Coast Swing. We're already one up from where we were last year, so we're showing improvement," said Tasca. "We're off to a decent start leaving Denver. A round win is better than no round wins, but we want to dramatically improve. We're happy to have won a round in Denver, but we plan to take Seattle by storm."

Eager to get that second career win, Tasca and the team have assembled a consistent Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby for all track conditions. Now with 37 races under his belt, Tasca is focused on round wins, his second Wally and a place in the Countdown to 1.

"We're going to get back to Seattle and put ourselves in a position to win, something we've done consistently each race this season," said Tasca. "We're at a point in the season where drivers can lock themselves into the championship run and we want to be one of those cars. We're looking to go rounds and avoid first round losses. Seattle is a race where we need to compete and we have a lot of expectations to do well."

Second Annual Funny Car Design Contest

Now through August 14, the public is invited to visit www.jdrf.org/ford, view more than 300 paint scheme designs and vote for their favorite children's design by making a monetary donation to JDRF, all as part of the Ford Customer Service Division's Second Annual Funny Car Design Contest.

The top five donation-earning designs will go in front of a panel of judges and narrowed down to one. The winning design will be featured on Motorcraft/Quick Lane sponsored Mustang Shelby driven by Bob Tasca III during the NHRA Carolinas Nationals in Concord, NC, on Sept. 18-20.

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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