Can-Am Challenge Race

Road Atlanta, 6 May 1979

1 Keke Rosberg Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Newman-Freeman Racing
48 1h 02m 02.93s
116.966 mph
2 Jacky Ickx Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
48 1h 02m 09.99s
3 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Newman-Freeman Racing
4 Al Holbert Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing, Ltd.
5 Rocky Moran Lola T333CS [T332 HU29] - Chevrolet V8
#58 American Spirit Racing
6 Bobby Brown Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
#79 Bobby Brown Racing
7 John Gunn Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn's Goodies
8 Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-94] - Hart 420R
#47 Cicale Champion Racing
9 Howard Kelly Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
10 Tim Evans (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG
#51 Diversified Engineering Services
11 Bill Tempero Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Bill Tempero Racing
12 Gary Gove (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD
#52 Pete Lovely (see note 1)
13 Chris Strong (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06] - Ford BDG
#96 (see note 2)
14 Michael L. Allen Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Don Weber
15 Dean Dietrich March 76A [2] - Chevrolet V8
#43 (see note 3)
16 Robert J. Nelkin Lola T333CS [HU6?] - Chevrolet V8
#67 R. J. Nelkin
17 John Timken (sports) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford
#94 Essex Racing (see note 4)
22 Gear selection
18 Horst Kroll Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
19 Duane Eitel Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
#23 E-K Racing
20 Geoff Lees Lola T333CS [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Racing Team VDS
21 Price Cobb Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
#68 R. J. Nelkin
22 S Peter Smith (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Ford
#54 Red Roof Inns
DNA Don Chab (sports) 2-litre Chevron B19/B26 - Ford
Did not arrive
DNA Brad Frisselle (Can-Am) Lola T333CS [T332 'K1']
Did not arrive
DNA George Follmer Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
Did not arrive
DNA Michael Brayton Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 5)
Did not arrive
DNA John David Briggs (Can-Am) Lola T332
Did not arrive
DNA Rick Villate (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU65] - Ford BDG
#26 RVR Inc (see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Gerre Payvis (Can-Am) Lola T330/T333 [HU19]
Did not arrive
DNA Marcel Talbot Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
Did not arrive
DNA E. B. Lunken (sports) 2-litre March 73S [14] - BMW M12
#61 E. B. Lunken (see note 7)
Did not arrive
DNA Chuck Smith (sports) 1.8-litre Chevron B19 [71-6] - Cosworth FVC
Did not arrive
DNA Robert L. Douglas (sports) 1.8-litre Lola T212 [HU34] - Cosworth FVC
#74 Douglas Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Papke (Can-Am) Eagle [74A 003]
Did not arrive
DNA Hugh Kleinpeter (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT1 - Hart 420R
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.

1 Jacky Ickx (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.03s
2 Keke Rosberg (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.12s
3 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.19s
4 Geoff Lees (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.87s
5 Price Cobb (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8 1m 16.58s
6 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8 1m 16.6s
7 Rocky Moran (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 HU29] - Chevrolet V8 1m 17.1s
8 Bobby Brown (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8 1m 18.75s
9 John Gunn (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8 1m 18.99s
10 Robert J. Nelkin (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU6?] - Chevrolet V8 1m 19s
11 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8 1m 19.19s
12 Howard Kelly (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8 1m 20.66s
13 Michael L. Allen (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8 1m 21.05s
14 Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-94] - Hart 420R 1m 21.16s
15 Tim Evans (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG 1m 22.02s
16 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 23.63s
17 Gary Gove (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD 1m 23.72s
18 Chris Strong (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06] - Ford BDG 1m 24.1s
19 Dean Dietrich (Can-Am) 5-litre March 76A [2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 24.71s
20 S Peter Smith (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Ford 1m 25.15s
21 John Timken (sports) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford 1m 25.53s
22 Duane Eitel (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8 1m 28.02s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B26 [74-08] (Gary Gove): After the closure of Red Rose Racing, Roger Hire struck a deal to run works-assisted Chevron B26s in 1974 under the name Forge Mill Racing. John Lepp ran the main car and Rafael Barrios joined the team to run a second B26, now positively identified as chassis 74-08. This car only raced once in 1975 but was then bought by Robin Smith to be used in endurance and Interserie in 1976. Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) acquired it for Can-Am in early 1977 and raced it for three seasons, winning the Pacific Coast title in 1978 and the last BSR title at the Run-Offs. It went to John Graham in Canada for the 1981 season and then to Luc Behar-Bannelier for 1982. The B26 was sold to Gil Baird for Thundersports in England in 1983 then to Richard Piper for another three seasons during which time it was converted to DFV power before moving to Ireland in the late 1980s where it stayed for nearly 15 years. It was sold back to the US again around 2003 and has raced in US vintage racing.
  2. Chevron B36 [36-76-06] (Chris Strong): New to Mort Platt (Kansas City, MO) and used in SCCA BSR racing from 1976 to 1978, qualifying for the Run-Offs each year. Also used in Can-Am races at Road America in July 1977 and July 1978. Then to Chris Strong (Lawrence, KS) and used in Can-Am in 1979 and 1980. Then probably the car raced by Dick Leppla in Can-Am in 1981 and still being raced in BSR several years later. Then via Ed Henning (early 1990s), Rudy Junco and Steve Fusillo to Brian Stark (Mequon, WI) by around 2004. Still with Stark in 2013.
  3. March 76A [2] (Dean Dietrich): For Doug Shierson using monocoque 'M76A:01' and gearbox DG300-445 and fitted with 5-litre Bartz-Chevrolet for US F5000 series. Run by Sid Taylor and driven by Alan Jones. First run at Silverstone 9 Jun 1976. Jones won on his debut at Watkins Glen on 11 Jul but drove a Lola T332C at the next race and the March was handed over to Bruce Allison, who failed to start. The car reappeared back in Shierson's possession at Riverside on 17 Oct, driven by Maurizio Flammini. The Italian qualified 13th but retired early from both his heat and the final with mechanical problems. To Dean Dietrich: raced in Can-Am 1978 (4 races); Can-Am 1979 (4 races). Dean recalls selling the car to someone in Texas but does not remember the name. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Lola T296 [HU88] (John Timken): Sold new by Carl Haas to James Trueman of red Roof Inns (Columbus, OH), and supplied with a Swindon BDX engine. Raced by Trueman in Can-Am but also by Bobby Rahal in two Canadian Can-Am events. Raced again by Trueman in Cam-Am in early 1978. Sold at some point to Rahal's father Michael G. Rahal who sold it to John Timken (Lyme, CT) in July 1978. Timken raced it for the rest of that season and into 1979. Marcus Pye recalls that Timken crashed it at some point but kept the damaged car for many years. In the late 1990s, Timken sold it to Fred Kaimer (Concord, CA) who raced it in vintage events. Still being raced by Kaimer in 2006 but later owned by Pascal Th├ębault.
  5. Wolf-Brayton 001 (Michael Brayton): Michael Brayton (Newport Beach, CA) acquired a Talon Formula 5000 car for 1977, but previous history of the car is unknown. During 1977, he rebodied the car for SCCA A Sports Racing, and then raced the car, as the "Wolf-Brayton 001" in Can-Am from 1978 to 1981. The car was later acquired by Mike McComas, who was then under the impression it was the Wolf-Dallara WD1. He sold it to Tony Roberts and Duncan Fox in New Zealand in 2003, where it was restored to F5000 specification. Raced by Roberts in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2005, when it was sold to Aaron Burson, then raced by him from 2005 onwards.
  6. Lola T294 [T292 HU65] (Rick Villate): The last T292 built went to John Abrahams in South Africa for the 1973 Springbok series. It was co-driven in the series by Charlie Lucas. The car went back to England under the care of Derrick Worthington but raced only twice in 1974, at Silverstone in September (Worthington and Nigel Clarkson) and at Kyalami in November (Abrahams and Richard Scott). In 1975, it was driven at Le Mans by Worthington and Clarkson and also appeared at the Spa 1000 km and in a couple of UK races. In 1976 it was sold to SCCA driver Dean Dietrich and was used in the revived Can-Am series in 1977. It then went to Rick Villate for two more seasons of Can-Am. To David P. Gough (Atlanta, GA) 1982 and used as a road car. To Ed Swart (Torrance, California) 1997 and then via six other US owners until bought by Cal Meeker (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) in 2013. As its identity was unknown until researched in 2013 by OldRacingCars.com, the car currently races in Primagaz colours.
  7. March 73S [14] (E. B. Lunken): Sold new to Henry Candler (Lakewood, CO) and used by him in a few British sport car races in May and June 1973, before he took it back to the US for SCCA racing in the BSR class. Candler soon decided the car was too quick for him, and he sold the car to his cousin, Edmund Backus Lunken (Cincinnati, Ohio), who entered his cars as E. B. Lunken, and was known to his friends as Ebby. Lunken first raced the car in 1977, then used it in the Can-Am series from 1978 to 1982. There has been some debate over the engine used in the 73S during this time, with some reports that it was a Ford, and others that it was a BMW. Irv Zwicker, who built engine for Ebby, says Lunken used BMW engine with Heidegger rods, Kugelfischer fuel injection and a proprietary intake cam. Lunken still had the car in 2006.


The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

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