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Can-Am Challenge Race

Road America, 26 Jul 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Geoff Brabham Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team V.D.S. (see note 1)
40 1h 23m 21.34s
115.169 mph
2 Jeff Wood Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl Haas Racing Team (see note 2)
40 1h 23m 35.54s
3 Al Unser March 817 - Chevrolet V8
#5 Paul Newman Racing
39
4 Al Holbert Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#14 CRC Chemicals
39
5 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#25 Red Roof Inns
37
6 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing
36
7 Mike Freberg Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#36 Race Safe Racing
36
8 Horst Kroll Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
34 Engine
9 John Graham (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Ford BDG
#77 Midland Racing (see note 3)
34
10 Randy Lewis Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
#2 Cribari Wines
34
11 Jeff Miller (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Lola T496 - Kohler
#0 Wynnfurst (see note 4)
31 Overheating
12 Rocky Moran Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#10 American Spirit Racing
29 Out of gas
13 Danny Sullivan Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Garvin Brown Racing (see note 5)
26 Out of gas
14 Gerre Payvis Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
#31 Gerre Payvis
23 Shift linkage
15 Dan Johnson Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#38 Danny Johnson (see note 6)
17 Overheating
16 David Kennedy Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
11 Dropped valve
17 Robert Goulet McKee Mk 18C ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
#92 Goulet Sahara (see note 7)
10 Unknown
18 Joe Salyer (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26/B31 - Ford
#73 Systems Mechanical Contractors
8 Unknown
19 E. B. Lunken (Can-Am 2l) March 73S/77S [14]
#61 Team 61 (see note 8)
5 Unknown
20 Greg Sorrentino (Can-Am 2l) March 77S/802 [77ST-1]
#41 Greg Sorrentino (see note 9)
2 Unknown
DNS Teo Fabi March 817 - Chevrolet V8
#6 Paul Newman Racing
Did not start
(Crash in practice)
DNS Graham McRae McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
#22 Skoal Bandit
Did not start
DNS Jay Jacobs (sports) 2-litre Chevron B21/B23 - Hart 420S
#91 Genoa Racing
Did not start
DNQ Leonard Janke Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto
Did not qualify
DNQ Rick Parsons Conquest - Chevrolet V8
#76 DY-CON
Did not qualify

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

Qualifying
1 Teo Fabi * (Can-Am) 5-litre March 817 - Chevrolet V8 2m 01.29s
2 Danny Sullivan (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
3 Jeff Wood (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] - Chevrolet V8
4 Geoff Brabham (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
5 Al Unser (Can-Am) 5-litre March 817 - Chevrolet V8
6 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
7 Rocky Moran (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
8 David Kennedy (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
9 Randy Lewis (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
10 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
11 Dan Johnson (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
12 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R
13 Mike Freberg (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
14 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
15 Gerre Payvis (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
16 Jeff Miller (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Lola T496 - Kohler
17 Robert Goulet (Can-Am) 5-litre McKee Mk 18C ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
18 Jay Jacobs * (sports) 2-litre Chevron B21/B23 - Hart 420S
19 John Graham (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Ford BDG
20 Joe Salyer (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26/B31 - Ford
21 Graham McRae * (Can-Am) 5-litre McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
22 Greg Sorrentino (Can-Am 2l) March 77S/802 [77ST-1]
23 E. B. Lunken (Can-Am 2l) March 73S/77S [14]
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] (Jeff Wood): Built July 1980 and invoiced to Bobby Rahal for Herb Caplan's U.S. Racing but the team decided to focus on their existing Prophet Can-Am cars and HU10 was returned to Carl Haas. It then appears to have gone to VDS as a backup car after their HU3 was wrecked at Road America in July 1980. If so, it is not known whether it was raced. Carl Haas then acquired the car again to replace HU2, after that car was wrecked at Watkins Glen in 1981 by Jeff Wood. Sold to John Foulston 1982 together with HU1 for use in Thundersports. When Foulton's car first appeared, it had red livery almost identical to Wood's usual car and with the same high rollhoop that only appeared on Wood's 1981 car(s). In September 1983, this car was observed to be wearing the HU10 chassis plate. Raced by Foulston and co-drivers HSCC Chairman Brian Cocks and John Brindley in Thundersports during 1983 and 1984. At that point Foulston wanted to modify the T530 to VDS form but too many modifications were required and the project was abandoned. Instead Foulston bought VDS-001 from Carl Haas and transferred the T530 HU10 plate onto it, inferring that he had modified HU10. After Foulston's death, his family sold the car to David Brazell (Towcester, Northamptonshire) 1996.
  3. Chevron B26 [74-08] (John Graham): 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.
  4. Lola T496 (Jeff Miller): Four Lola T496s were built in 1976, intended for SCCA C Sports Racing with Cosworth BDH engines. Jeff Miller bought one of the cars but fitted a two stroke Kohler engine, originally developed for snowmobiles. Miller won the Run-Offs in this CSR car in 1978 and also competed in Can-Am between 1978 and 1980, running the car with a 6-cylinder 1600cc engine. Many years later, Miller bought the car back from the man he'd sold it to and continues to run it in vintage events in the Midwest.
  5. Lola T530 [HU8] (Danny Sullivan): 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.
  6. Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] (Dan Johnson): New for 1973 season. Doug Shierson for Peter Gethin: raced in UK 1973 (won Race of Champions) and US 1973. To Roger Bighouse (Eastlake, OH): raced in US 1974 (7 races); US 1975 (4 races + 1 DNS) - Pat McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH): raced in US 1976 (1 race) and Can-Am 1977 (4 races + 1 DNS); probably the car entered by McGonegle as 'Mannix MX-2' in Can-Am 1978; advertised April 1979 - Danny Johnson (Kewanee, IL) 1979: raced in Can-Am 1979 (1 race), Can-Am 1981 (5 races), Can-Am 1982 (6 races) - Brian R Taylor (now Clive, Iowa) for Mike Engstrand (Des Moines, Iowa): raced in Can-Am 1985 (3 races) - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) - Anthony Taylor (Blackburn, UK) 2001: due to be rebuilt and raced in FORCE Historic F5000 series (UK) 2001. Then unknown until owned by Greg Thornton in 2011 and raced in UK and New Zealand 2011/12. Badly damaged in a fire at Thornton's garage in June 2012 but completely reconstructed.
  7. McKee Mk 18C ['1'] (Robert Goulet): New for Dick DeJarld (Joliet, IL) in 1972, and raced in SCCA Formula A events. Appeared at the Michigan Pro F5000 event in 1973 but did not qualify from the heat. Raced by DeJarld until sold to Ed Midgley (Geneva, IL) for 1976, when it was also raced by Jerry Hansen at Blackhawk Farms. To Robert Goulet (Wauwatsoa, WI) for 1977, and raced in SCCA Formula A. Goulet converted the McKee to sports car bodywork for 1979, appearing at Brainerd in July that year in the ASR class. Raced in Can-Am in 1980 and 1981, then renamed the "Sabre 001" for Can-Am again in 1983, and again in 1985. To Bob McKee and raced by Bill Scott in CAT races in 1986 and 1987. Then restored to its original specification for new owner Tom Simpson (Peoria, IL), and used in vintage racing, appearing at the Chicago Historic Races at Road America in 1988. It ran alongside several other McKee cars in historic races at Road America in the early 1990s, and also ran at HSR Mid-Ohio in August 1993. After a 20-year gap, Simpson ran the Mk 18 again in historic events in 2006.
  8. March 73S/77S [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.
  9. March 77S/802 [77ST-1] (Greg Sorrentino): Built new for 1974, fitted with a BMW engine and entered by March Engineering for Jean Ragnotti in the European 2-litre Sports Car championship, with Antar sponsorship. Fitted with a Richardson FVC after the first few races, and later with a Cosworth BDG. Retained by March for 1975, fitted with a Hart 420R engine, updated to 75S specification and plated as '75S-U2' for John Lepp to race. The car was retained again for 1976, now to 76S specification and reportedly using the identity '76S-1', now raced by Lepp as part of the Ultramar team. Sold to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for the 1977 Can-Am season, now using the identity '77ST-1'. Sold to Greg Sorrentino (Troy, Michigan) and raced in 1979. In 1980, it was converted to centre-seat specification with a new body fabricated by Dave Craddock and campaigned in this form by Sorrentino in 1981, described as a March 802. To Charlie Monk (Sarnia, Ontario) for 1982, and then via John Adams Racing & John Kalagian to J. Byron Walker (Detroit, Michigan). Raced by Walker in 1983 and 1984 before being stored. Walker later acquired the 1977 bodywork from EB Lunken, who had used it on his March 73S, and found Lepp's Ultramar livery under the layers of paint. In 2013, Walker was in the process of restoring the car to its 1975 specification.

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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