Bob Tasca III will return to NHRA competition at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals after sitting out last weekend’s event recovering from his bout with COVID-19.
Tasca’s doctor has approved his return to competition in the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car that was driven last weekend by replacement driver Jonnie Lindberg, who was allowed to earn points for Tasca under new NHRA COVID-19 rules.
Tasca was treated for COVID-19 after being exposed to the disease at a small family gathering.. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car team qualified No. 1 at the first race before advancing to the second round with Lindberg.
“I can’t wait to rejoin my team,” Tasca said. “Over the last ten days I have worked hard to get my body back in shape before I came back and also make sure I couldn’t pass COVID-19 on to my crew and now that both boxes have been checked, it’s time. I can’t thank my doctors enough for their help. I want to thank Jonnie for jumping in for me, too. It’s never easy getting in someone else's car and hitting the gas. He did a great job.”
To be cleared, Tasca needed to test negative for COVID-19 and get a full release from his doctor.