TASCA 13TH- QUICKEST AFTER FIRST DAY IN VIRGINIA; WILL COMPETE FOR FINAL FOUR SPOTS ON SATURDAY RICHMOND, Virginia. (Oct. 10, 2008) -- While Bob Tasca III heads into Saturday qualifying at Virginia Motorsports Park outside of the top 12 ...
TASCA 13TH- QUICKEST AFTER FIRST DAY IN VIRGINIA; WILL COMPETE FOR FINAL FOUR SPOTS ON SATURDAY
RICHMOND, Virginia. (Oct. 10, 2008) -- While Bob Tasca III heads into Saturday qualifying at Virginia Motorsports Park outside of the top 12 qualified competitors, the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang and his team have their car headed in the right direction as the rookie driver put together his quickest pass ever in a Funny Car during Friday's night session of qualifying.
"That 4.090 was the quickest run that I've ever had in a Funny Car," said Tasca. "While the No. 1 qualifier ran a 4.04, you can't run a 4.04 without knowing how to run a 4.09 first. We've been struggling lately on Friday night, but I wouldn't call tonight's 4.09 run struggling. There are only two-hundredths of one second that separate us from being up in the fifth position, and we're very excited about our run."
Even though they were the 13th quickest on the day, Tasca and his team were able to gather some valuable data from some great conditions that they'll be able to use on Saturday as one of six teams competing for the final four spots available for Sunday's 3rd annual Virginia NHRA Nationals.
"We just missed being in the top 12 and you rack your brain a little bit to think that a 4.090 didn't get us into the field, but that's one thing that makes this class so exciting. Anyone can win on any given day," said Tasca. "This is not uncommon territory for us going into Saturday after missing it by just a hair on Friday, but in the last two races we've showed significant improvement on Friday nights. We'll take this data and improve on it. When you're one of the cars in that first pair down the track, you're at a huge disadvantage from the other drivers back in the field because when you run later, you know what you have to do to run quicker than the people that ran ahead of you. But I'm very happy with the 4.09 and with the data that we got today.
"I don't think tomorrow's conditions will be much different that what we saw today and I think we'll see some great times tomorrow," said Tasca. "To go into Saturday having already run a 4.09 versus some of the other drivers that were a little bit slower or smoked the tires, I think that our team is in a really good spot for Saturday qualifying."