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Can-Am Challenge Race

Riverside, 26 Oct 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Al Holbert Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
#14 Holbert Racing
50 1h 04m 14.41s
118.940 mph
2 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Lola T530 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Newman Racing (see note 1)
50 1h 04m 15.06s
3 Patrick Tambay Lola T530 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Teams (see note 2)
50
4 Keke Rosberg Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Newman Racing (see note 3)
50
5 Rocky Moran Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Ferracone [Rocky Moran]
50
6 Ricardo Londoño Lola T530 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8
#33 Londono Bridge Racing Team (see note 4)
48
7 Gary Gove (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#52 Pete Lovely VW
48
8 Bobby Rahal Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 Ampex [U.S. Racing]
48
9 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing
47
10 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-106] - Hart 420R
#25 Red Roof Inns
46
11 Merle Brennan Lola T333CS [T332 "76-13"] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Reno Automotive
46
12 Bill Blackledge (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80 [172] - Hart 420R
#42 Bill Blackledge
46
13 Gerre Payvis Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
#31 Race Power
42
14 Vern Schuppan Tiga CA80 - Chevrolet V8
#11 Vern Schuppan (see note 5)
41 Engine
15 Don Breidenbach (sports) 2-litre Lola T294/T296 - Ford BDG
#76 Vote Republican
30 Broken exhaust
16 John Morton Frissbee [T332 'K1'] - Chevrolet V8
#15 Roy Woods Racing
26 Engine, transmission
17 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Brabham BT29 [11] - Ford
#24 Whirlpool Broan (see note 6)
18 Mechanical
18 Danny Sullivan Lola T530 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8
#60 Garvin Brown Racing (see note 7)
17 Engine
19 Graham McRae McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
9 Front suspension
20 Michael L. Allen Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
#59 Allen & Webber [Don Weber]
8 Blown engine
21 Geoff Brabham Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team VDS (see note 8)
6 Suspension
22 Jay Jacobs (sports) 2-litre Chevron B21/B23 - Hart 420S
#91 Genoa Racing
4 Mechanical
23 Michael Brayton Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 9)
3 Mechanical
24 Duane Eitel Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
#23 Duane Eitel ('MLR 001')
1 Accident
DNS James Carlson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre DRG VR-1 - Cosworth 4
Did not start
DNS Andrew Bazeley (Can-Am) Bazeley Mk.2
#50 Goldon Eagle
Did not start

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

Qualifying
1 Geoff Brabham (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.110s
2 Keke Rosberg (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.821s
3 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.955s
4 Patrick Tambay (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.072s
5 Danny Sullivan (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.176s
6 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.277s
7 John Morton (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee [T332 'K1'] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.518s
8 Bobby Rahal (Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.811s
9 Rocky Moran (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8 1m 13.041s
10 Ricardo Londoño (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8 1m 14.107s
11 Vern Schuppan (Can-Am) 5-litre Tiga CA80 - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.871s
12 Gary Gove (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R 1m 17.531s
13 Michael L. Allen (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8 1m 18.807s
14 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R 1m 19.375s
15 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-106] - Hart 420R 1m 20.394s
16 Merle Brennan (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 "76-13"] - Chevrolet V8 1m 21.33s
17 Don Breidenbach (sports) 2-litre Lola T294/T296 - Ford BDG 1m 21.57s
18 Michael Brayton (Can-Am) 5-litre Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8 1m 21.906s
19 Bill Blackledge (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80 [172] - Hart 420R 1m 22.193s
20 Jay Jacobs (sports) 2-litre Chevron B21/B23 - Hart 420S 1m 24.013s
21 Gerre Payvis (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8 1m 24.354s
22 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Brabham BT29 [11] - Ford 1m 29.823s
23 Andrew Bazeley * (Can-Am) Bazeley Mk.2 1m 35.648s
24 Duane Eitel (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8 no time
25 James Carlson * (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre DRG VR-1 - Cosworth 4 not on grid sheet
26 Graham McRae (Can-Am) 5-litre McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8 not on grid sheet
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T530 [HU5] (Elliot Forbes-Robinson): Built April 1980. New to Budweiser Newman 1980 and raced by Elliot Forbes-Robinson as the team's #2 Budweiser entry. Unknown after 1980 until sold by Mike Brayton to Burke Ratcliffe (UK) 1986 to be used in the Thundersports series. Referred to as one former Burke Ratcliffe crew member as "the Budweiser show car", it is unclear when this car was raced. Sold with the other BRR cars to Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) in 1989 and then via Michael Duncan (Los Altos, CA, later Colchester, CT) to Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand).
  2. Lola T530 [HU2] (Patrick Tambay): Built March 1980. New to Haas Racing for 1980 and raced by Patrick Tambay, winning the Can-Am championship. Retained for 1981 when it was fitted with a taller rollhoop and raced by Jeff Wood but wrecked in practice at Watkins Glen in July 1981. Race reports say that Haas acquired VDS's backup T530 to replace it, so this car effectively ceased to exist at this point.
  3. Lola T530 [HU8] (Keke Rosberg): Built May 1980. New to RJ Nelkin (Roslyn, NY/Woodbury, NY) for Can-Am in 1980 and rebuilt on fresh tub after an accident. Sold by Nelkin to Newman Racing August 1980 but they changed their mind and the car quickly passed to Garvin Brown Racing for Danny Sullivan in the last half of 1980. Retained for 1981. Sold to Mike Brayton and raced in Can-Am in 1982. Later sold to Burke Ratcliffe to be used in Thundersports in England in 1986 but wrecked in a testing accident at Brands Hatch in June 1986. Retubbed and rebuilt by Jack Smith of VDS. Believed to be the car raced by Andy Ratcliffe (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire), Mike Wilds and David Leslie in 1986, winning the last two races of the season. Also then likely to be the car shared by Wilds and Ian Flux through the 1987 season, winning two races, and then by Flux and other in 1988, when it dominated the series. Then to Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) 1989 and then to Bud Bennett of RM Motorsport (Wixom, Michigan) 1996. Completely restored by Bennett to Garvin Brown livery. It then went via either Scot Kennedy or Ron Coburn to Norm Goldrich (Cincinnati,OH) 1998 and was still with him in September 2001. Sold to Gregg Jackson (El Paso, TX) 2002 then to Kim Baker 2009 or 2010 and then to Larry Galbo (Buffalo, NY) 2011.
  4. Lola T530 [HU6] (Ricardo Londoño): Built April 1980. Ricardo Londoño-Bridge 1980 - unknown Columbian and later turned into flower bed - rescued by Oswaldo Farjado and restored for racing by 1990. Still owned by Fajardo and José Clopatofsky Londoño (Bogotá, Colombia) in 2009.
  5. Tiga CA80 (Vern Schuppan): Based on Tiga's Formula 2 F280 model, the CA80 appeared only for the two races at Laguna Seca and Riverside at the end of the 1980 season. Vern Schuppan could not qualify it in the top ten and retired in both races. It was not raced again and, by 1982, was in storage in the Sacramento, CA premises of Proformula, the Tiga importer. In 2009, the car was with a Salinas, CA owner.
  6. Brabham BT29 [11] (Jerry Kehoe): Bill Boyer (Tucson, AZ) raced an orange #88 Brabham BT29 in two early rounds of the 1970 SCCA Formula B championship, both in California, retiring both times. He was not seen again in the car but advertised it in August 1972, over two years later, complete with Vegantune FLC engine and said to be "ready for pro races". In 1973 or 1974, it was bought from dealer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR) by Jerry Kehoe (Santa Rosa, CA), who recalls having seen it at Max Mizejewski's MRE operation in Santa Ana maybe a year earlier. Mizejewski had raced a MRE-entered BT29 at Sears Point 16 Sep 1973 and this is assumed to be the same car. By 1977, Kehoe had fitted it with a Cosworth FVC engine and was using in in Formula A in SCCA Nationals. Kehoe later rebuilt the car as a sports car and used it in Can-Am in 1980 as a 2-litre car, then with a 3.5-litre Oldsmobille from 1981 to 1983 and finally with Frissbee bodywork in 1984. It later went to James Connell (Pollack Pines,CA) and Fred Schrameck (Orangeville, CA) . It changed hands again in 2007.
  7. Lola T530 [HU9] (Danny Sullivan): Built July 1980. New to Garvin Brown Racing for driver Danny Sullivan, replacing the Intrepid GB1. Raced for the rest of 1980 but Garvin Brown then acquired the ex-Rosberg car from Newman Racing and Sullivan raced that car instead at the start of 1981. Assumed for now that HU9 remained as Sullivan's backup car through the 1981 season. Sold to Mike Freberg (Toronto, Ontario) and raced by him through the 1982 Can-Am season but heavily damaged at Laguna Seca in October 1982. Mike Brayton is reported to have bought this car, repaired it and sold it to Burke Ratcliffe but the exact details are not known. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Lola T530 [HU4] (Geoff Brabham): Built April 1980. New to VDS Racing for 1980 and used as Geoff Brabham's T-car for the first part of the season, becoming his race car after HU3 was destroyed in a practice accident at Road America in July. Retained for 1981 and raced by Brabham until the team's new T530-based VDS-001 was ready. Sold to Rex Ramsey 1982 but very heavily damaged in an accident at Laguna Seca in October. The damaged and disassembled car sold to Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) 1988 and sold by him to Paul Sauer (Woodside, CA). In 2002, the car was still completely apart with the new tub still under construction.
  9. 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.

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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