Hight, Tasca - Ford interview 2010-05-11

This Week in Ford Racing May 11, 2010 This weekend the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car Series heads to Atlanta for the 30th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. Ford Racing drivers John Force, Robert Hight and Bob Tasca talk...

This Week in Ford Racing
May 11, 2010

This weekend the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car Series heads to Atlanta for the 30th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. Ford Racing drivers John Force, Robert Hight and Bob Tasca talk about heading to Atlanta later in the season this year and Ford's domination on that dragstrip.

ROBERT HIGHT - driver, Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car

YOU WERE THE WINNER IN ATLANTA IN 2007, THE RUNNER-UP IN '05 AND '06. JOHN WON IN 2008 AND ASHLEY WAS A RUNNER-UP IN '09. YOU GUYS OBVIOUSLY LIKE THE TRACK. "Yeah, we dominated that place. In fact, one of the years I was runner-up, it was John and I in the final. The race was rained delayed and it was at night, but it was a close side-by-side race. It was a little dark and we both drove it way past the finish line because we didn't know exactly where we were at on the track and it was fun racing the Boss in the final. Yes, we've had a lot of success there and we look forward to going to that track every year. The fans are great. Coming off a win in St. Louis and heading to Atlanta where we've had a lot of success, I can't wait."

CAN YOU CARRY MOMETUM FROM ST.LOUIS THROUGH AN OFF WEEK AND INTO ATLANTA? "Yeah, I always say when you win a race, you always want to get right back out there and race the next weekend and race again and carry that momentum. But sometimes its kind of nice, like the weekend off is Mother's Day, and we get to enjoy the race we just won and celebrate a little longer. This week, it's all business and back to Atlanta. Hopefully I can carry that momentum and keep going."

WHAT DID YOU DO DURING YOUR OFF WEEK? "I got to come up to Detroit and meet the dealers at the Ford Dealer Show and was able to present the 2009 NHRA Championship trophy to Ford. We just had a great time up there with all the folks and spent the weekend off with my family for Mother's Day."

BOB TASCA III - driver, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang

HOW DO YOU FEEL GOING INTO ATLANTA? "Atlanta is the first track that I ever went to the semi-finals at in my Nitro car. I did very well there in my alcohol funny car. It's a place I love to race. It's a great environment. We have great momentum coming off St. Louis. We have a hot rod that's starting to torque. Chris Cunningham and the guys are doing just a tremendous job getting their arms around this BOSS Platform. We have confidence. That's what I can tell you right now about Atlanta. We are confident, more now than ever that we can roll into this race and win and that's exactly what we're focused on doing."

ATLANTA WAS EARLIER LAST YEAR. DOES THE CHANGE IN WEATHER TEMPERATURE MAKE A DIFFERENCE? "If it's hotter, it will make the conditions more challenging to go up and down the race track, but Vegas, St. Louis had challenging conditions. By now, if the team hasn't caught their stride in figuring how to pull these race cars back to go down the race track you're in trouble. Clearly, we've made great strides over the last two races. I feel very confident that no matter what the temperature is we're going to be the car to beat in Atlanta."

WHAT DID YOU DO DURING YOUR OFF WEEK? "During my week off I was out in Detroit. I had a great week in Detroit. All of the dealers got together to come out here and kind of reflect on the successes of Ford, where Ford is today and where we're heading as a dealer body and as a company. I can tell you I've never seen such a sense of laser focus on keeping the promise that the Ford Oval stands for and that's to build the world's greatest cars and trucks and SUVS. What I've seen out here has just reaffirmed the future of Ford is bright."

-source: ford racing

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