Prior to the third qualifying session of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Saturday, nitro Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III and crew chief Dickie Venables, hired earlier this year, decided mutually to part ways.
Tasca addressed the separation with Venables with Competition Plus Monday at the rain postponed U.S. Nationals.
“I have a ton of respect for Dickie Venables for what he has accomplished as a tuner and what he has accomplished winning championships,” Tasca said. “At the end of the day there is a certain direction that the team is going in and I set that direction, and it was a mutual decision that we part ways. There are no hard feelings whatsoever between Dickie and I. It may seem kind of abrupt, but the truth be told, it really wasn’t. It was best for both put it that way. That’s kind of how he and approached this thing when we started. We were going to try it and see how it worked and make decisions later on in the season. It just obviously came to a head on Saturday, and that’s pretty much it. He is a great guy, and I have a lot of respect (for him). We will still be friends. It is just a business decision. That’s all it was.”
Before Venables left, Tasca was qualified 11th at Indy and he stayed No. 11 after the third qualifying session. Longtime tuning duo Chris Cunningham and Marc Denner are crew chief and co-crew chief for Tasca now.
Cunningham and Denner have been with the team since Tasca’s first year in 2008.
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