Ford Performance will be sponsoring Bob Tasca III and Tasca Racing for the entirety of the 2018 Funny Car campaign – as primary sponsor for 16 races and a co-sponsor for the rest. Ford will aid the team by using their investments in aerodynamics engineering to try and make the team’s Mustang as “slippery” as it can be.
“We’re excited about partnering with Tasca Racing and helping them return to NHRA for a championship run,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We believe we have the technology tools to help the team be competitive on the track long-term, and are looking forward to the effort starting in 2018. The Tasca family has always been a pioneer in racing, and a leader in Ford vehicle and parts sales for many decades. This partnership will only serve to strengthen that legacy.”
Tasca, who has driven in NHRA Funny Car competition for a full decade, has won four races and made 11 finals appearances. He has qualified for the Countdown to the Championship on three separate occasions, as boasts a career best ET of 3.892 and career best speed of 326.56 mph. He and the team fully intend to make a run for the NHRA Funny Car title.
“This is a very exciting day for me personally, and for everyone involved at Tasca Racing,” said Bob Tasca III. “We have always been a Ford family and have a long history with drag racing, so to be able to return to NHRA Funny Car full-time in 2018 with the support of our long-time friends at Ford is the perfect scenario for us.
“This is something we have been working on for months now, so it’s great to be able to finally talk about it. We are ramping up for a full-season effort on the track, but also are ready to start working with our Ford partners to help reach their business goals and to help recruit technicians and mechanics for Ford dealerships by leveraging the NHRA platform. My team is focused on winning a Championship for all the Ford fans that have supported Tasca and Ford since the 1960’s! My grandfather coined the phrase ‘Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.’ That statement is alive and well within the NHRA. We can’t wait to get started.”