Bob Tasca III has enjoyed quite a bit of success in his various Ford Mustang funny cars over the years, claiming an overall victory at the NHRA Brainerd Nationals in Minnesota in 2022 – along with several others – as well as his second NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Funny Car Wally at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas last year. However, the debut of the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang meant that some changes were on the horizon, and fittingly, the brand new Ford Mustang Dark Horse funny car was just revealed last month. Regardless, it didn’t take long for Bob Tasca III to pilot that same machine to history.
In fact, Tasca III and his new Ford Mustang Dark Horse funny car recorded the fastest pass in drag racing history for a wheel-driven dragster with a scorching 341.68 mile-per-hour run during Q4 of the non-NHRA sanctioned PRO Superstar Shootout in Florida recently. This happened after Tasca managed to hit 339.87 mph during Q1 of that same event, which equaled the fastest pass on that particular portion of the race.
This record run forever etches Tasca’s name in drag racing history as the fastest man ever in a wheel-driven drag racing competition – at least until he or someone else manages to eventually best that mark. Unfortunately, he just missed out on a win after losing to reigning funny car champ Matt Hagan in the second round of eliminations, recording a 4.137-second pass versus Hagan’s 3.912 ET.
Regardless, it was still a highly successful weekend for Bob Tasca III and his brand new Mustang dragster, which bodes well for the 2024 season – fresh off a strong 2023 that saw Tasca III record the fastest quarter-mile time at 1,000 feet in his Mustang – 3.836 seconds – en route to his best career season finish.