LAS VEGAS – Ford and its selected brands will sponsor Funny Car competitor Bob Tasca III and Tasca Racing for 16 races during the upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Ford will also serve as a co-sponsor on Tasca’s Funny Car for the remainder of the season.
Tasca’s team will have a technical alliance with Don Schumacher Racing, as Ford returns to NHRA drag racing for the first time since departing the professional level at the end of the 2013 season, when they split from John Force Racing.
As a result of the support from Ford, Tasca will contest the full NHRA schedule for the first time since 2014.
“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,” said Pericak. “This partnership will only serve to strengthen that legacy.”
During his decade as an NHRA Funny Car competitor, Tasca has four race wins, 11 final round appearances and he qualified for the Countdown to the Championship three times. His career best ET is 3.892 and his career best speed is 326.56 mph.
“This is a very exciting day for me personally, and for everyone involved at Tasca Racing,” said Tasca. “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.”
CREDIT: Ford Performance