Tasca III - Ford interview 2009-06-03

Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang, heads into Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., sitting eighth place in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points with nine races remaining before the start of the Countdown. Tasca...

Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang, heads into Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., sitting eighth place in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points with nine races remaining before the start of the Countdown. Tasca talks about racing in Chicago and hosting the Wood Brothers Racing co-owners in their first-ever NHRA drag race. Tasca will also be hosting JDRF children as part of the Funny Car Contest Design contest.

WHAT MAKES THE CHICAGO TRACK UNIQUE? "The Chicago track is like a football stadium. I remember being on the starting line out for the first time in Chicago and couldn't believe how many people I could see there. It is a three-quarter bowl that wraps all the way around where the fans sit, so it's a real neat complex. The racing surface is second to none. It is hands down one of the top facilities in the country and it really showcases our sport. Obviously weather can always play a factor in having these cars that can go A to B, but Chicago certainly lends itself well as a facility and a complex where the fans can see some amazing runs and races down the track."

YOU'RE IN THE SECOND RACE OF A THREE-RACE STRETCH. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS? "I want to win Chicago and Englishtown. Chicago and Englishtown are going to be critical for those that are in the top 10 and those that are out to start to get some points because eventually you run out of real estate. At every race there are only eight cars that get points. That's something that's different from NASCAR and other series. The top eight that advance, they get points, the eight that lose don't get any points. It's a high-pressure time; I'm glad to be in the thick of it. I'm glad to have a teammate like Tim Wilkerson, who has certainly brought a lot to the table for us, but most importantly I'm glad to have a team, led by Chris Cunningham, that's so methodical, so discipline, they give me a race car that is right in the thick of this fight. I've got a great Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang and a great team. Every race that I get some more laps under my belt I get more comfortable in the car. I've got big aspirations for Chicago, it's a big stage, I performed well at the big stage in Gainesville, and I just as soon do it again in Chicago."

THIS WEEKEND, YOU WILL BE HOSTING THE WOOD BROTHERS, EDDIE AND LEN, IN THEIR FIRST NHRA RACE. "It's always exciting to see the reaction and the impression we make on first-time fans. Obviously with the Wood Brothers coming to the race, I look forward to it even more because they're racers, they have been immersed in NASCAR culture for years. For them to see what we do and how we do it, I think they are going to be very impressed and blown away by the performance of these cars and what we're able to do in a short period of time. I find it fun just to be a part of someone's first time at a drag race. At every race this year, I've had people in the pits for their very first drag race. We had the astronauts out for the first time in Houston, and Kenny Schrader was at a race, too. For me, I've never been to a NASCAR race and I'm looking forward to doing it. I'm looking forward to having the Wood Brothers out and give them a taste of what our sport is all about."

AS PART OF THE JDRF [JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION] DESIGN A FUNNY CAR PROGRAM, THE TEAM HOSTS CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS AT SELECT RACES. THIS IS THE FIRST RACE WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO BE HOSTING JDRF CHILDREN. "Yes, I'm very excited about having the JDRF kids out on Sunday. One of the greatest parts of what I do is interacting with the kids at the ropes, signing autographs and seeing the expressions on their faces when they watch these cars do what they do. Being a part of a cause looking for a cure has been something I really enjoy being a part of and meeting and interacting with so many children and families with diabetes. I can't wait for Sunday, I know the kids are coming and they can't wait and looking forward to this contest and voting on some pretty cool cars, which I'm sure there will be quite a few of them."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tim Wilkerson , Bob Tasca III
Teams Wood Brothers Racing