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Paul Radisich on his way to victory at Detroit in 1987 in his Ralt RT5.  Copyright Mark Windecker 2016.  Used with permission.

US Formula Super Vee 1987

Scott Atchison had been SCCA Formula Ford champion in 1985 and had moved into FSV in 1986, ending the season as rookie of the year. He started the 1987 season driving for Dominic Dobson before moving across to Bill Simpson's team. Atchison won four races, but more importantly he finished every race well inside the points, and this kept him ahead of his nearest challenger, Dave Kudrave. Steve Bren could have been a major contender for the title, especially considering his dominant victory at Long Beach, but he preferred to take time out trying to tie up a CART deal that even his father's multi-billion dollar wealth could not secure. In 2015, Bren was top of California's list of "Delinquent Taxpayers", owing the taxman over $4.5 million.

Ken Johnson was back in FSV after a failed attempt at Formula 3000 in Europe. He was soon back to winning ways in the smaller FSV cars, and ended the season third in the table. Other familiar surnames further down the table were Tony George, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway heir, and Robbie Groff, the 18-year-old younger brother of FSV alumnus Mike Groff.

The races

05 Apr 1987 > Long Beach

12 Apr 1987 > Phoenix International Raceway

23 May 1987 > Indianapolis Raceway Park

31 May 1987 > Milwaukee (Wisconsin State Fair Park)

21 Jun 1987 > Detroit

27 Jun 1987 > Meadowlands Sports Complex

05 Jul 1987 > Cleveland

30 Aug 1987 > Road America

06 Sep 1987 > Mid-Ohio

20 Sep 1987 > Pennsylvania International Raceway

01 Nov 1987 > Tamiami Park

08 Nov 1987 > St Petersburg

1987 Robert Bosch/VW Super Vee Championship table

1Scott AtchisonRalt RT5/85 - VW Bunce
Ralt RT5/85 - VW Brabham
Ralt RT5/86/87 - VW Brabham
Ralt RT5/86 - VW
189 pts4 wins
2David KudraveRalt RT5/87 - VW Bertils
Ralt RT5/87/86 - VW Bertils
Ralt RT5/85/87 - VW Bertils
169 pts3 wins
3Ken JohnsonRalt RT5/84 - VW IHP
Ralt RT5/86 - VW IHP
113 pts2 wins
4Dennis VitoloRalt RT5/87 - VW Brabham
Ralt RT5/87/86 - VW Brabham
105 pts 
5Gary RubioRalt RT5/87 - VW Bertils
Ralt RT5/86 - VW Bertils
Ralt RT5/87/86 - VW Bertils
102 pts 
6Robbie GroffRalt RT5/87 - VW Bertils84 pts 
7=Paul RadisichRalt RT5/85 - VW Brabham
Ralt RT5/87 - VW Brabham
60 pts1 win
7=Tony GeorgeRalt RT5/87 - VW Bertils60 pts 
9E J LenziAnson SA6 - VW Bertils
Ralt RT5/85 - VW Bertils
Ralt RT5/85/86 - VW Bertils
59 pts1 win
10Bernard JourdainRalt RT5/86 - VW Brabham58 pts 

Previous: the 1986 US FSV season

This points table is from Autosport 3 Mar 1988 p38.

On the technical side, Martini's moment in the sun was over, and it was wall-to-wall Ralt RT5s, with the top teams juggling 1985, 1986 and 1987 monocoques and specification, in an effort to find the best combination. A handful of Martini MK53s were sold, and Mike Smith's fourth place at IRP was the best result. A few Anson SA6s and Griffiths were the only other non-Ralts.

Atchison moved into CART with Machinists Union Racing, a minor team, and he had little success. Kudrave moved to ARS, and reached CART by a more patient route in 1993. Dennis Vitolo, fourth in the points table, was the only leading FSV runner to have any sort of CART career, and even that was very intermittent.