Tasca III renews sponsors

MOTORCRAFT AND QUICK LANE® TIRE & AUTO CENTERS CONTINUE NHRA SPONSORSHIP OF BOB TASCA III DEARBORN, Mich., Feb 2, 2009 -- For the second consecutive year, Ford Customer Service Division's (FCSD) Motorcraft and Quick Lane brands team with Bob...

MOTORCRAFT AND QUICK LANE® TIRE & AUTO CENTERS CONTINUE NHRA SPONSORSHIP OF BOB TASCA III

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb 2, 2009 -- For the second consecutive year, Ford Customer Service Division's (FCSD) Motorcraft and Quick Lane brands team with Bob Tasca III as he competes in the NHRA Full Throttle Racing Series.

Motorcraft and Ford's growing national network of Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Centers return as primary sponsorship of the Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car of Bob Tasca III and Tasca Racing, along with a major interactive trackside presence at 10 NHRA events.

Motorcraft and Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Centers are brands of Ford Customer Service Division. FCSD and its associated brands won a place in the hearts and minds of drag race fans everywhere in the late 1980s and early 1990s, sponsoring Ford powered International Motorsports Hall-of-Fame racer Bob Glidden, a 10-time NHRA Pro Stock champion, and NHRA legend Kenny Bernstein among others.

"We are proud to be a part of NHRA and our sponsorship of Bob Tasca for the 2009 season," said Darryl Hazel, Ford Customer Service Division Vice President. "Motorcraft and Quick Lane returned to NHRA last season and we were welcomed by the sport and fans."

"Drag racing fans traditionally are the hands-on people that do much of the work on their cars and are very loyal to the sponsors that support the series," said Hazel. "They are considered the automotive experts by their neighbors, friends and co-workers. They're the go-to people, influencing decisions on what parts to buy and where to have maintenance done. Adding them to the Motorcraft and Quick Lane teams will help to further expand our reach beyond the racetrack."

Along with sponsoring the No. 21 Ford Fusion in NASCAR and Tasca Racing Shelby Mustang funny car, FCSD brings a very aggressive brand awareness campaign with a significant trackside presence at selected NHRA events in the form of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane "Racing Experience." The display spreads out over half a football field and allows race fans to connect with Motorcraft, Quick Lane and Ford Custom Accessories in a unique way.

Visitors can sign up to race virtual dragsters, compete against the clock while changing tires and oil filters, and spin the Ford Custom Accessories wheel for a chance to win valuable prizes. Fans can also pick up Motorcraft and Ford Custom Accessories brochures and branded merchandise. Fans will also have the opportunity to register to win a two-year lease of a 2010 Ford Mustang GT with Ford Racing Performance Parts and Custom Accessories installed. Motorcraft and Quick Lane representatives will be offering up plenty of other free giveaways, including discount coupons for Motorcraft products and services at local Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Centers.

The NHRA marketing initiative complements FCSD's sponsorship of the Wood Brothers' No. 21 Ford Fusion in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series in 2009. The two series enjoy very little crossover in their fan base, with statistics showing that less than 12 percent of NASCAR fans follow NHRA racing.

"There are more than 100 million combined fans of NASCAR and NHRA," said Hazel. "The Motorcraft brand still resonates with race fans. We had an overwhelming response from the fans during the 2008 season and we look forward to being on-track and in the midway again this season."

2009 Motorcraft/Quick Lane "Racing Experience" Display Schedule
March 12-15 - Gainesville, FL
June 4-7 - Chicago, IL
June 11-14 - Englishtown, NJ
June 25-28 - Norwalk, OH
July 10-12 -- Denver, CO (Quick Lane display only)
September 2-7 - Indianapolis, IN
September 17-20 -- Concord, NC
September 24-27 - Dallas, TX
October 29 - November 1 - Las Vegas, NV
November 12-15 - Pomona, CA

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , Bob Glidden , Bob Tasca III