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Ludwig Heimrath Jr. in his Ralt RT5 at Laguna Seca in October 1984.  Copyright Dan Wildhirt 2015.  Used with permission.

US Formula Super Vee 1984

Such was the increased profile of SCCA Super Vee Championship, it started to attract some international participation with the arrrival of Dutchman Arie Luyendijk, who changed the spelling of his surname to Luyendyk to help the US press. In his Ralt RT5, run by Lee Hagen and financed by fellow Dutchman Aat Groenevelt's Provimi Veal business, Luyendyk won four races and took four second places, as well as four pole positions and four fastest laps. His closest competitor was Chip Robinson, one of the finds of 1983, who won three races in 1984 and had taken three second places up to the penultimate round, at Laguna Seca in October. Here he was leading comfortably on the last lap and poised to take the championship lead when a stub axle sheared and pitched his Cateret Savings Ralt into the barrier. That loss of 20 points would prove conclusive, and the Dutchman was crowned as champion.

The races

01 Apr 1984 > Long Beach

15 Apr 1984 > Phoenix International Raceway

03 Jun 1984 > Milwaukee (Wisconsin State Fair Park)

17 Jun 1984 > Portland International Speedway

01 Jul 1984 > Meadowlands Sports Complex

08 Jul 1984 > Cleveland

05 Aug 1984 > Road America

19 Aug 1984 > Watkins Glen

02 Sep 1984 > Trois-Rivières

23 Sep 1984 > Michigan International Speedway

21 Oct 1984 > Laguna Seca

11 Nov 1984 > Caesars Palace

1984 Robert Bosch/VW Super Vee Championship table

1Arie LuyendijkRalt RT5 - VW Brabham172 pts4 wins
2Chip RobinsonRalt RT5 - VW Brabham150 pts3 wins
3Jeff MacPhersonRalt RT5 - VW Brabham116 pts1 win
4Ludwig Heimrath Jr.Ralt RT5 - VW Brabham
Ralt RT5 - VW Bertils
111 pts3 wins
5Roger Penske JrRalt RT5 - VW Brabham104 pts 
6Peter MoodieRalt RT5 - VW Schrick86 pts 
7Mike HooperRalt RT5 - VW Brabham76 pts 
8Ted PrappasRalt RT5 - VW Brabham66 pts1 win
9Dominic DobsonRalt RT5 - VW Brabham59 pts 
10John RichardsRalt RT5 - VW Brabham52 pts 

Previous: the 1983 US FSV season

Next: the 1985 US FSV season

Both leading drivers moved up, Luyendyk straight into the Provimi Veal CART team alongside Derek Daly and Robinson into the Group 44 Jaguar IMSA team. Luyendyk would still be wearing Provimi badges when he won his two Indy 500s. Ludwig Heimrath Jr who won three races but was not as good at getting his car to the finish, also moved into IMSA, driving an Alba GTP car for the Truesports team. Staying in FSV for 1985 but looking to follow in their footsteps were Californian off-road racer Jeff McPherson and Irishman Tommy Byrne, the fomer F3 star looking to rebuild his career after a brief but disasterous F1 career.

Although Ralt dominated the season once again, at least there was some technical variety provided by concerns about the new pushrod suspension design that replaced the rocker arms on the new RT5/84. As in Formula 3, it did not prove universally popular and some 1983 Ralts with 1984 sidepods appeared during the season. As well as Ron Tauranac dominating on the chassis side, the 'Brabham' engine named after his old partner was the dominant powerplant. Built by John Judd's Engine Developments Ltd in England, the VW engines wore 'Brabham' on the cam cover since Jack Brabham had been Judd's original partner in the business. Other engine suppliers included Peter Schrick in Remscheid, Germany; Siegfried Spiess in Stuttgart, Germany; and Bertil Sollenskog in Antioch, IL.

For more on this season, see John Zimmerman's seasonal survey in Autosport 24 January 1985 p59.