Tasca III takes No. 1 spot one week after missing Indy event due to the coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III was forced to miss the first Indy event in this double-header in back-to-back weekends. The Hope, Rhode Island native tested positive for the coronavirus and was replaced on an interim basis by Jonnie Lindberg.

Tasca III returned on Saturday and piloted his Funny Car to the No. 1 qualifier at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. He went 3.991 at 319.07 mph in his Ford Mustang.

Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III racing on Saturday at the inaugural Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals
Bob Tasca III racing on Saturday at the inaugural Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“Welcome back to NHRA Drag Racing,” Tasca III said. “I’ll tell you, being No. 17 going into that last session, but I just have so much confidence in [crew chief] Mike Neff and Jon Schaffer. You just don’t want to screw it up. Once it went past half-track that thing was singing.”

Tasca III will face Hot 4 Teacher Funny Car pilot Alex Miladinovich, who made the trek from California to compete, in the first-round of eliminations.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 2 qualifier. The Don Schumacher Racing pilot, who resides in Avon, Indiana, went 4.017 at 300.86 mph.

Johnson Jr. went to the final round last weekend, before losing to his teammate Matt Hagan.

Levi, Ray, and Shoup Inc. Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson is the No. 3 qualifier. The Springfield, Illinois rounded out the Top 3 with a 4.034 pass at 317.05 mph.

Elimination Ladder:

– Bob Tasca III vs. Alex Miladinovich

– Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. Bob Bode Jr.

– Tim Wilkerson vs. Dale Creasy Jr.

– Ron Capps vs. Matt Hagan

– J.R. Todd vs. Jim Campbell

– Jack Beckman vs. Chad Green

– Cruz Pedregon vs. Terry Haddock

– Paul Lee vs. Alexis DeJoria

These Funny Cars did not make the show:

– Mike McIntire Jr.

– Blake Alexander

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