NHRA Funny Car racer Bob Tasca III announced Monday he has tested positive for coronavirus and that Jonnie Lindberg will drive the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang at this weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Tasca, 44, a third-generation auto dealer from Cranston, Rhode Island, said the diagnosis took him by surprise. It was ironic, for his Brownsburg, Indiana-based team had just participated in a video feature posted on the NHRA’s website about how it was preparing to protect itself from the spread of the disease.
“What makes this so scary is how good I felt for almost seven days from being exposed,” Tasca said. “I had no symptoms but tested positive. I couldn’t believe it.
“Then day eight through 10 came, and I have never been so sick in my life,” he said. “It’s so important we all practice social distancing and wear masks. We all need to play a role in limiting the dangers of COVID-19. I am so disappointed I will not be with my team this week, but I know they will make us Ford fans proud. If I can help one other person make those choices, it’s worth me sharing my experience.”