The PPG-sponsored Tasca Racing team will take part in the NHRA New England Nationals July 6-8 at the New England Dragway – its home track – in Epping, N.H. The event is part of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Led by Bob Tasca III, team president and driver, and his 11,000-horsepower PPG Ford Shelby Mustang, the crew competes in the Nitro Funny Car Class.
PPG is supporting Tasca Racing throughout the 2018 season. The company served as the team’s primary sponsor at the Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga., in May and will repeat its prominent role at the New England Nationals. PPG is also an associate sponsor for Tasca’s remaining NHRA races during the year.
Tasca and PPG have a solid partnership that began when Bob III’s grandfather, Bob Tasca Sr., started using PPG products at his Ford dealership’s collision shop in Cranston, R.I. Today, the Tasca Automotive Group has eight locations – including new car dealerships, collision centers and service centers – in New England. PPG’s Envirobase High Performance system is the preferred brand in the company’s four collision centers. The waterborne basecoat is also the paint of choice for the Tasca Mustang.
“PPG has been a Tasca Racing supporter since we started, and we’ve been loyal PPG customers for more than 20 years,” said Tasca. “It’s exciting to run PPG’s colors – I’m excited to have them as a sponsor. New England is where it all began for us, and coming home is a big deal. I’m hoping to see our PPG customers and racing fans cheering for us at the dragway. Racing in front of our crowd means a lot to us.”
Added Bill Shaw, PPG director, refinish marketing, Automotive Refinish, “It’s a thrill to be a Tasca Racing sponsor. We have a long-standing business relationship with the Tasca family, and we’re racing fans. PPG and Tasca are a natural match. You know we’ll be trackside come July 6.”
Tasca’s Shelby Mustang consistently hits speeds in the 325-mph zone in just over 3.8 seconds on the quarter mile when racing in the NHRA Funny Car category. He has won six national NHRA events. The team currently stands in the top 10 in its class.