Ford Performance Lending Aerodynamic Know-How to Tasca Racing for 2018 NHRA Funny Car Campaign
Ford Motor Company announced at the 2017 SEMA Show that its Ford Performance subdivision is teaming up with Bob Tasca III AND Tasca Racing to bring its engineering expertise to the strip for the 2018 NHRA Funny Car campaign.
Ford Performance will work with the team to ensure that its Funny Car Mustang will be as aerodynamic as possible, working to perfect it through advanced testing at its cutting-edge wind tunnels. The objective, as is ever the case when Ford becomes involved with auto racing of any stripe, will be victory and lots of it.
“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,” Pericak added. “This partnership will only serve to strengthen that legacy.”
Indeed, the Tasca name is one synonymous with achievement: Bob Tasca III amassed four wins, 11 finals appearances, and three qualifications for the Countdown to the Championship during his career as an NHRA Funny Car driver. The Tasca Racing team has also forged a technical partnership with Don Schumacher Motorsports, which makes the possibility of obtaining an NHRA Funny Car title in 2018 a plausible and achievable end-goal.
“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.”