Tasca III tests positive for COVID-19, replaced by Lindberg at Indy

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Veteran Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III will miss the restart to the NHRA season. Tasca III has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Hope, Rhode Island will definitely miss the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing driver will be replaced by Jonnie Lindberg.

Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III after winning the Wally on Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Bob Tasca III after winning the Wally on Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The 30-year-old racer previously driven full-time for Head Racing before he was replaced by Blake Alexander. Lindberg may also compete at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals on July 18-19, as well.

“What makes this so scary is how good I felt for almost seven days from being exposed,” Tasca III said. “I had no symptoms, but tested positive. I couldn’t believe it. Then, day eight through 10 came and I have never been so sick in my life. It’s so important we all practice social distancing and wearing masks. We all need to play a role in limiting the dangers of COVID-19.

“I am so disappointed I will not be with my team this week, but I know they will make us Ford fans proud. If I can help one other person make those choices, it’s worth me sharing my experience.”

Tasca III would have to pass a COVID-19 with a negative and receive clearance from a doctor before he’s able to pilot his 11,000 horsepower Funny Car once again.

Lindberg is a former two-time NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion. He also previously won the U.S. Nationals in 2016 in his Top Alcohol Funny Car at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Following the two events in Indianapolis, the NHRA is expected to return for nearly every weekend on the road from August to November. The first race of that stretch would be the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado from August 7-9, 2020.

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