It’s August. How did that happen? Being out here on the road, the time goes by so fast.
So let’s get the obvious topic out of the way first. By now, you’ve probably heard we have some big things coming up for our team in the next few years. Ford is shifting to the NHRA Sportsman classes, which means we’ll have announcements to make. Ford has always meant a lot to my family and will continue to, and I respect decisions that have been made. However, Tasca Racing has no plans on getting out of the sport and we'll announce some exciting news next season.
As always I’m focused on racing.
I had the best Western Swing of my career. We runnered-up at the first and last stops of the three-race trek, in Denver and Seattle. Talk about a great stretch for us. I’ve said it many times – I have the best car and best team of my career right now. We still have our struggles with smoking the tires and we still have work to do, but that’s something that’s true for all of us NHRA Funny Car teams out there. It’s a dogfight in our class. We’re out there every weekend fighting for points against every other team that wants the Wally as bad as we do. We hurt some engines in Seattle and my guys have been working hard giving me the best Mustang Funny Car we can have. We’re seeing results.
I think everyone’s happy to get a weekend off after the Swing. Time off doesn’t happen too much, which I actually like. I’m always thinking about the next race on the schedule; the next time I’ll get in my car. I don’t like to have too much time off away from the track.
Next up is Brainerd, Minn. I haven’t won there yet and I think we should change that. If you’ve never been to the race there, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. If you’ve heard stories about it, most of them are probably true!
Before we know it, we’ll be in Indy. We’re already talking about that race and the cut off for the playoffs. We made a big move in points in Seattle (up to ninth from 11th) and we’re only three points behind Tim Wilkerson, who’s eighth. In Seattle, all of us drivers around the 10th-place “bump” were on the same side of the ladder and it felt great to get to control our own destiny and make it all the way to the final round. Wins are tough to come by in this sport, but we’re all confident in our team and our car.