Tasca III - Ford interview 2009-03-11

This Week in Ford Racing Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang, heads to the NHRA Gatornationals this weekend after a two-week break sitting sixth in the points standings. When Tasca wasn't at his dealership in...

This Week in Ford Racing

Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang, heads to the NHRA Gatornationals this weekend after a two-week break sitting sixth in the points standings. When Tasca wasn't at his dealership in Rhode Island, he was at his new race shop in Concord, N.C., and at zMAX Dragway testing the 2008 Tasca Cobra Jet.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE TASCA RACING SHOP IN CONCORD? "Since the race in Phoenix, we have been really busy getting the Tasca Racing shop together in Charlotte. A couple of the guys came right back to Rhode Island from Phoenix to load up a lot of the equipment that we had at our race shop in RI. I spent a couple of days down in Concord with Chris Cunningham, Marc Denner and the guys working on where to place the equipment and a lot of the odds and ends that go into building a racing shop."

WHAT ELSE DID YOU DO IN CHARLOTTE? "We took our 2008 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet down to Charlotte to zMAX Dragway, and it was pretty cool because it was opening day for the race track. The track had been closed all winter and the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet that my uncle, Carl Tasca Sr., drove was the first car down the race track. That was pretty cool for him because he hasn't been in a car like the Cobra Jet in a long time. The interesting thing is we operate in a 60-mile-per-hour world. When you put somebody in a Mustang that goes 145 miles per hour in nine seconds, the car is so far ahead of you, that you'll do things you don't realize you're doing. On one of the runs my uncle left before the tree came on and he said that he didn't even know it because it's so fast. It was fun for me to spend some time with him and take him through some of the pointers that were passed on to me along the way. By the third or fourth time in the car, Uncle Carl was going up and down the race track. It was fun in a multitude of ways to see him have a great time in the car and to see the Ford Cobra Jet back on the track, it was great to just be a part of that."

AND FANS CAN SEE A COBRA JET THIS WEEKEND IN GAINESVILLE AT THE MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING EXPERIENCE. "Yes, the Tasca Cobra Jet. The display is such an important part of our program with Motorcraft and Quick Lane and Ford. It's the business-to-consumer interaction and connecting with the fans directly. That's the wonderful thing about NHRA racing. The fans have an unprecedented access to us and the sponsors have unprecedented access to the fans. This midway display allows the fans to have a pretty cool interactive experience, whether it's the pit crew contest on the Quick Lane side or the Hole Shot contest on the Motorcraft side. Then you have the Custom Accessories display where you can win a lot of prizes and have some fun there. We're also going to have the Cobra Jet, and this one is awful special to me because it's the Tasca version. Our car was in the area, so Motorcraft and Ford asked us to have our Cobra Jet on display. It's lettered up like the nostalgia one was lettered up back in the '60s. I know there's a lot of buzz going on. A Cobra Jet won at Pomona, not our car, and a lot of people want to get up close and see one of these things. We're happy to have it out in front of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Experience display."

-credit: ford racing

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