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TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING LOOK "FOUR-WARD" TO FOUR-WIDE RACING THIS WEEKEND IN CHARLOTTE DEARBORN, MI - March 23, 2010 - For Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team, this weekend's race at zMAX Dragway marks the...

TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING LOOK "FOUR-WARD" TO FOUR-WIDE RACING THIS WEEKEND IN CHARLOTTE

DEARBORN, MI - March 23, 2010 - For Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team, this weekend's race at zMAX Dragway marks the first of several homecomings for the team.

Concord, North Carolina, is home to Tasca Racing, the first Funny Car race shop in the heart of NASCAR country and located minutes from zMAX Dragway. All crew members live in Charlotte and are eager to race not only at their home track, but to make history as event champions of this weekend's Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

"I'm excited to get to the track for the four-wide racing because this is the first time it's ever been done," said Tasca. "Whenever you can be a part of history, whether you're a fan, a spectator, a driver or a crewmember, I think there's a lot of nostalgic value about it. This weekend will go down in the history books as a significant moment in NHRA competition."

A resident of Hope, Rhode Island, Tasca has logged many hours in the race shop and embraces the Charlotte community. Determined to make his second home proud, Tasca looks to check "Win Charlotte" off his drag racing to-do list.

"Last year we finished building our Tasca Racing shop, so I've spent a lot more time in Concord," said Tasca. "On top of Charlotte being one of our team's home track, it is one of the premier facilities for NHRA. You want to win no matter where you race, but I want to win at Charlotte, especially since it is in our backyard. That's my goal looking this weekend - win the four-wide race at Charlotte."

Although the racing format is changed for this weekend, Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team will take to the track and attack each round one run at a time.

"The only thing that will be different for this weekend is staging," said Tasca. "Once the stage bulb is on and the amber flashes, you could have ten cars running next to you, and it wouldn't make a difference. I'm so focused on my lane, driving my Mustang and making the proper inputs to get the car from A to B. To me, it doesn't matter how many people are racing next to you. Other than getting over the first staging process, which we'll get done on Friday, I don't think it will make much of a difference at all."

Now in his third season of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing competition, Tasca has shown significant improvement since his 2008 rookie season. After three races this season, Tasca has reached the semi-final round twice and has one runner-up finish.

"We know that our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team has more round wins in us, more wins in us, and more performance in us when the time comes at the end of this year to run for this championship," continued Tasca. "The best is yet to come, and I really believe that's the case. But it's early; it's early in the season. We're going to go through highs and lows. It's just being able to manage and fight your way through day-to-day, weekend-to-weekend and hopefully putting our team in the position to win."

In addition to Tasca's quick start to the season, he has helped build a mini streak for Ford Racing where a Ford Mustang has been in the finals of each Funny Car race this season, winning twice.

"We always like to see our Ford Shelby Mustang in the finals or winner's circle," said Tasca. "To see how the Ford teams are performing on the track, it's really a tribute to the crews, to the crew chiefs and all of the hard work that they've put in because the level of competition is unbelievably fierce. Every car out there is capable of winning the race. It just goes to show the presence that we have both on and off the race track. It's pretty cool to be driving a Ford in NHRA."

-source: tasca/motorcraft

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