This Week in Ford Racing Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Funny Car, returns to Atlanta Dragway, the site of his first NHRA semi-finals appearance. Tasca talks about racing at the southern track, the...
This Week in Ford Racing
Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Funny Car, returns to Atlanta Dragway, the site of his first NHRA semi-finals appearance. Tasca talks about racing at the southern track, the alliance with Tim Wilkerson and the 45th Anniversary of the Mustang.
ATLANTA WAS A STRONG TRACK FORYOU LAST YEAR. "Yes, I made it to the semi-finals last year in Atlanta and literally lost by an eyelash to John Force. Atlanta, it's a track that I've been to as both an Alcohol Car driver and a Top Fuel driver. I don't know if you have a comfort level, I guess you could call it, but it's definitely a track that I've done well in an Alcohol car there, and obviously very well in a Top Fuel car there. I'm just excited to get back in this Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang this weekend. This car is capable of qualifying number one and winning the race; obviously, we showed that in Gainesville. I'm just looking forward to getting back to racing; we had a weekend off to spend Easter with the family. When I won in Gainesville, I had my wife and kids with me. The boys are on school vacation this week and I'm bringing them with me to Atlanta. Hopefully, they'll bring me the same luck they brought me in Gainesville."
BEFORE THE SEASON STARTED YOU MENTIONED THAT THE ALLIANCE WITH TIM WILKERSON WOULD SHOW RESULTS WITHIN SIX RACES. HAVE YOU SEEN RESULTS THAT YOU WERE EXPECTING? "We're very early into the season, but I love where we're sitting right now. We've got a competitive car; the alliance with Tim is starting to pay dividends. It paid dividends in Vegas. It's extremely, extremely valuable to be able to pull up a run of another guy and just look at it. Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] makes the decisions on what to do with our Mustang, but like anything else, the more data you have, the better decision you can make. When you don't have a good run or two under your belt, now you start guessing. Tim had a pretty good run on his second time out and we were able to look at that data and make decisions on our car. Looking back on the decisions we made with the alliance with Tim and starting to get some dividends from this partnership and just to have a race car that has already proven itself on the tour this year, I'm just looking to get back to racing. Atlanta is a good place to get back to racing. Atlanta is a track that has been good to me over the last couple of years."
YOU REACHED THE SEMI-FINALS LAST YEAR, AND WILKERSON WAS THE NO. 1 QUALIFER. "Those are good things to look at. Tim is going to go to the race with a combination that he was very successful with and we'll have the opportunity to look at that and makes some adjustments. The good thing about our car is that when we make changes it does what we expect it to do. That's something that we didn't have last year. We definitely have it this year. We'll never give up. If you keep stepping up to the plate, eventually you're going to hit a home run, and that's the kind of car that we have. We're going to get back on track, get some rounds under our belt in Atlanta and see if we can walk away with the trophy."
FRIDAY, APRIL 17TH, MARKS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MUSTANG. ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING SPECIAL TO MARK THIS OCCASION? "All of the Mustangs this weekend will be running a special decal in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the Mustang. 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. 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."
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