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Can-Am Challenge Race

Watkins Glen, 8 Jul 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Keke Rosberg Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Newman-Freeman Racing
55 1h 37m 15.53s
114.480 mph
2 Geoff Lees Lola T333CS/Riley [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Racing Team VDS
55 1h 37m 41.895s
3 Vern Schuppan Elfin MR8A-C [8772] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Thomas W. Barrett/Theodore Racing
(see note 1)
54
4 Bill Tempero Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Bill Tempero Racing
51
5 Horst Kroll Lola [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
51
6 Bobby Brown Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
#79 Bobby Brown Racing
51
7 John Morton Lola T333CS [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#46 John Morton Racing
51
8 Jacky Ickx Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
50
9 Gary Gove (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD
#52 Pete Lovely Volkswagen (see note 2)
49
10 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
#59 Roman Pechmann
45
11 Tim Evans (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG
#51 Diversified Engineering Services
43
12 John McCormack (Can-Am) 4-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Repco V8?
#28 John McCormack
33
13 Randolph Townsend Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8
#13 Newman-Freeman Racing
30 Broken oil line
14 Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-149] - Hart 420R
#47 Cicale Champion Racing
29 Off course
15 Gerre Payvis Lola T333CS [T330 HU19] - Chevrolet V8
#31 Christina B. Snyder
27 Gearbox
16 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 - Ford BDD
#34 Roos Racing School, Blakeslee, PA
(see note 3)
27
17 Bobby Rahal Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
22 brakes
18 S Peter Smith (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Ford
#54 Red Roof Inns
19 Axle failure
19 Al Holbert Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing, Ltd.
19 Broken A-arm
20 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Newman-Freeman Racing
18
21 Leonard Janke Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto
17
22 John Gunn Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn's Goodies
15 Clutch
23 John Timken (sports) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford
#94 Essex Racing (see note 4)
6 Off course
24 Rocky Moran Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8
#58 American Spirit Racing
4 Accident
25 Chuck Smith (sports) 1.8-litre Chevron B19 [71-6] - Cosworth FVC
#72 Charles L. Smith, Middletown, Ohio
1 Off course
26 John Sorbello Sorbello GM5 [005] - Chevrolet V8
#19
1 Off course
DNS T. Patrick McGonegle Lola T332/Riley [HU49] - Chevrolet V8
Did not start
DNS Robert E. Dugo Lola - Chevrolet V8
#97 Robert E. Dugo, Bath, NY
Did not start
DNP Jacky Ickx Lola T333CS [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
Did not take part in official practice
(Spare car)

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

Qualifying
1 Keke Rosberg (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8 1m 40.203s
2 Bobby Rahal (Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8 1m 40.999s
3 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8 1m 41.826s
4 Jacky Ickx (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8 1m 42.496s
5 Geoff Lees (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS/Riley [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 1m 43.281s
6 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8 1m 43.497s
7 John Morton (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1m 45.503s
8 Rocky Moran (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8 1m 45.904s
9 Bobby Brown (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8 1m 45.94s
10 Vern Schuppan (Can-Am) 5-litre Elfin MR8A-C [8772] - Chevrolet V8 1m 46.506s
11 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 48.555s
12 John Gunn (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8 1m 49.249s
13 Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-149] - Hart 420R 1m 49.476s
14 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8 1m 49.633s
15 Tim Evans (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG 1m 52.589s
16 S Peter Smith (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Ford 1m 53.003s
17 Randolph Townsend (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8 1m 53.313s
18 John McCormack (Can-Am) 4-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Repco V8? 1m 53.742s
19 John Timken (sports) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford 1m 54.847s
20 Gary Gove (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD 1m 55.009s
21 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 - Ford BDD 1m 55.43s
22 Leonard Janke (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8 1m 56.105s
23 Gerre Payvis (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T330 HU19] - Chevrolet V8 1m 56.896s
24 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford 1m 59.113s
25 John Sorbello (Can-Am) 5-litre Sorbello GM5 [005] - Chevrolet V8 2m 00.326s
26 Chuck Smith (sports) 1.8-litre Chevron B19 [71-6] - Cosworth FVC 2m 09.399s
27 T. Patrick McGonegle * (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU49] - Chevrolet V8 2m 14.564s
28 Robert E. Dugo * (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola - Chevrolet V8 3m 50.437s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Elfin MR8A-C [8772] (Vern Schuppan): New to Vern Schuppan (Adelaide, Australia) and raced as part of Ansett Team Elfin in 1977 Australian Internationals. Converted to Can-Am form, and raced by Schuppan in the Can-Am series in late 1977, and again in 1978 and 1979. Next seen when advertised by Stuart Bradbury (Phoenix, AZ) in July 1984. Advertised by Chuck Haines in 1990. To John Wales and Ron Gouttman (NSW, Australia) in 1990, and raced by Gouttman in Australia in Can-Am form in 1992/93. To Laurie Donaher (NSW) 1998, then to Aaron Lewis (Adelaide) in 2001. Restored to F5000 form, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series in 2003/04. To Bill Hemming (Victoria, Australia) 2005, who raced it in the Tasman Revival series from late 2006 onwards.
  2. 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.
  3. Chevron B27 (Bertil Roos): Bertil Roos had raced a Chevron B27 for the Fred Opert team in 1974, after which he had raced for a number of different teams in Formula Atlantic and even Indy racing. In early 1979, he won the SCCA 'Bonus' National at Charlotte in an old Formula Atlantic B27, quite possibly the car he had raced for Opert. He then attached fenders to the car and used it in Can-Am, still with its 1600cc Cosworth BDD engine. Roos bought a different Chevron B27 for 1980, and, according to Doug Waters, his 1979 car was sold to someone in California who planned to use it as a sports car with an Alfa Romeo V8 engine. 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.

Sources

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' orginal results.

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