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WCAR Formula Atlantic 1985

1984 champion Dan Marvin remained in WCAR for 1985 where he was joined by Jeff Wood, still only 28 but a veteran of Formula Atlantic in the 1970s who had raced in Can-Am and in CART but who now needed to restablish his reputation. Driving a 1984 Ralt for McNeill Motor Cars, Wood really demonstrated his class, winning four races and finishing second in another four, his worst result of the season being third place at Westwood in July. Marvin put up a strong challenge, winning three WCAR races and also taking a win at Trois-Rivi?res, a round of the ECAR series. Wood won the title by 30 points and although this was not enough to propel him straight back into CART, he would go on to a long career near the back of the CART grids.

The races

31 Mar 1985 > Riverside

21 Apr 1985 > Firebird International Raceway

12 May 1985 > Willow Springs

02 Jun 1985 > Sears Point

16 Jun 1985 > Laguna Seca

21 Jul 1985 > Westwood

08 Sep 1985 > Portland International Speedway

16 Sep 1985 > Seattle

29 Sep 1985 > Sears Point

1985 WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship table

1Jeff WoodRalt RT4/84 - Ford BDD158 pts4 wins
2Dan MarvinRalt RT4/82 - Ford BDD Hasselgren128 pts3 wins
3Ron McKayRalt RT4/85 - Ford BDD Jennings85 pts 
4John RichardsRalt RT4/82 - Ford BDD78 pts 
5Roberto QuintanillaRalt RT4/85 - Ford BDD73 pts 
6Jimmy SantosRalt RT4/82 - Ford BDD Hasselgren62 pts 
7Rod BennettRalt RT4/82 - Ford BDD59 pts 
8Mike DownsRalt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
Ralt RT4/85 - Ford BDD
53 pts 
9Mike BuckenhamRalt RT4/83 - Ford BDD49 pts 
10John ChristianRalt RT4/81 - Ford BDD Hasselgren46 pts 

Only two new Ralts were brought to the US for the start of the 1985 season, by Rick Shea for Roberto Quintanilla and by fellow WCAR founder Tim Fortner by Ron McKay. Mike Greenfield acquired a third one mid-season in ECAR and two more appeared towards the end of the season.