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Can-Am Challenge Race

Summit Point, 5 Jul 1986

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 84C [023] - Chevrolet 358 ci V8
#15 Texas American Racing Team
70 1h 33m 30.48s
89.902 mph
2 Tony LaRosa (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7
#2 Grand Prix Auto (see note 1)
68
3 Peter Harholdt ('C' sports) 1.6-litre Bobsy SR-6 - VW 4
#9 Yorkshire Motorsports (see note 2)
68
4 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
65
5 Dennis Ehrie (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Wise (Brabham BT40) [BT40-25] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
#35 Stanley Steemer
66
6 Bob Dupre Yorkshire GR7 - Chevrolet V8
#10 Yorkshire Motorsports
55 2:CV joint
7 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#14 Output Improvements (see note 3)
49 2:Engine
8 John Macaluso Lola T332 [HU45] - Chevrolet V8
#84 Niagra Motorsport
64 1:Broken shock
9 Seann Burgess (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre March RX10-B [73B-17] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#17 Signcraft (see note 4)
66
10 Jeff Wright (S2000) 2-litre Royale S2000M [17] - Ford Pinto ohc
Hill Racing? [Eve Wright] (see note 5)
66
11 Bruce Langson Langson 02 - Chevrolet V8
#70 Laser 7000-Texas Microdyne
34 1:Engine
12 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [2] - Hart 420R
#11 Dawson Racing
26 2:DNF
13 Mauro Lanaro (Can-Am 2l) 1.7-litre March 74B/77B [10] - Ford BDD
#74 Lanaro Racing
16 1:Electrical; 2:Engine
14 John Gunn Phoenix 85 - Chevrolet V8
#39 Phoenix Racing
13 1:Distributor drive; 2:DNS
15 David Locke (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R
#12 Lockesport
9 1:Oil pressure; 2:DNS
16 Lou Sell March 85C [44] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Starfighter Racing (see note 6)
7 1:Oil pressure; 2:DNS
17 Gene Forsthofel Penske PC9B [005] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Championship Racing
0 1:DNS; 2:Engine
DNS Buddy Lazier Watson - Chevrolet V8
#43 Texas American Racing Team (see note 7)
Did not start
DNS Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] - Hart 420R
#00 Sprott Securities (see note 8)
Did not start
DNS Jim Gradel March 847 [01] - Chevrolet V8
#6 Wensel Jackson
Did not start
DNSC Frank Chianelli (Can-Am) 5.8-litre March 84C - Chevrolet 355 ci V8
#44 Chianelli Racing
Did not start (crashed)

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Bill Tempero35
2Randy Zimmer35
3Bob Dupre34
4Peter Harholdt34
5Tony LaRosa33
6Jeff Wright33
7Seann Burgess32
8Dennis Ehrie32
9Horst Kroll30
10John Macaluso29loose shock
11Cliff Dawson24unknown
12John Gunn13distributor drive
13Mauro Lanaro12motor off song
14David Locke9rising oil temperature
15Lou Sell7oil pressure
16Bruce Langson1dead motor
Buddy LazierDNS (burnt piston in qualifying)
Jeremy HillDNS (accident in practice)
Jim GradelDNS (car not fully sorted)
Frank ChianelliDNS (accident in practice)
Gene ForsthofelDNS (car not fully sorted)
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Bill Tempero35
2Horst Kroll35
3Tony LaRosa35
4John Macaluso35
5Dennis Ehrie34
6Peter Harholdt34
7Seann Burgess34
8Bruce Langson33
9Jeff Wright33
10Bob Dupre21CV joint
11Randy Zimmer15engine
12Mauro Lanaro4carburettor fire
13Cliff Dawson2unknown
14Gene Forsthofel0spin, engine blown
John GunnDNS (distributor drive)
David LockeDNS (rising oil temperature)
Lou SellDNS (oil pressure)
Buddy LazierDNS (burnt piston in qualifying)
Jeremy HillDNS (accident in practice)
Jim GradelDNS (car not fully sorted)
Frank ChianelliDNS (accident in practice)
Qualifying
1 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.976s
2 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 84C [023] - Chevrolet 358 ci V8 1m 15.305s
3 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor 1m 16.917s
4 Buddy Lazier * (Can-Am) 5-litre Watson - Chevrolet V8 1m 16.973s
5 David Locke (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R 1m 18.296s
6 Mauro Lanaro (Can-Am 2l) 1.7-litre March 74B/77B [10] - Ford BDD 1m 19.076s
7 John Gunn (Can-Am) 5-litre Phoenix 85 - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.529s
8 Bruce Langson (Can-Am) 5-litre Langson 02 - Chevrolet V8 1m 16.493s
9 Peter Harholdt ('C' sports) 1.6-litre Bobsy SR-6 - VW 4 1m 20.325s
10 John Macaluso (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU45] - Chevrolet V8 1m 20.396s
11 Jeff Wright (S2000) 2-litre Royale S2000M [17] - Ford Pinto ohc 1m 20.407s
12 Bob Dupre (Can-Am) 5-litre Yorkshire GR7 - Chevrolet V8 1m 20.535s
13 Tony LaRosa (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7 1m 22.149s
14 Dennis Ehrie (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Wise (Brabham BT40) [BT40-25] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor 1m 23.666s
15 Seann Burgess (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre March RX10-B [73B-17] - Mazda 13B twin rotor 1m 25.633s
16 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [2] - Hart 420R 1m 26.173s
17 Jeremy Hill * (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] - Hart 420R no time recorded
18 Lou Sell (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C [44] - Chevrolet V8 no time recorded
19 Jim Gradel * (Can-Am) 5-litre March 847 [01] - Chevrolet V8 no time recorded
20 Frank Chianelli * (Can-Am) 5.8-litre March 84C - Chevrolet 355 ci V8 no time recorded
21 Gene Forsthofel (Can-Am) 5-litre Penske PC9B [005] - Chevrolet V8 no time recorded
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Osella PA9B/84 [126] (Tony LaRosa): Martin Spetz observed the number 'Osella PA9B/84-126' on Trentini's Osella at Road Atlanta in 1984. As Mancini's car was also entered by Fiorano Sports Cars of Houston, as Trentini's had been, it is assumed to be the same car.
  2. Bobsy SR-6 (Peter Harholdt): Originally owned by Don Byer (Falls Church, VA), this Bobsy SR-6 was raced by driven in SCCA C Sport Racing (CSR) racing by Tom Luce, the "Racing Reverend", in 1977. The car was originally powered by a 1.3-litre Cosworth BDH, and is belived to have been the last SR-6 built. Its a second owner partly converted it to use a 1.6-litre VW Formula Super Vee engine, another available option for CSR, and this conversion was completed by Peter Harholdt (Falls Church, VA) when he acquired it. Harholdt raced it during 1985 and 1986, including in the Can-Am race at Summit Point, Harholdt's home track, in July 1986. He later sold the Bobsy to Oliver Kutnet (Charlottesville, VA). Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Rondel M1 [201] (Randy Zimmer): Sold new to Chris Meek to run in British Atlantic and Libre racing with Tate of Leeds support; also used by Tom Pryce for three Atlantic races. Sold via Fred Opert to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) for Formula B in 1974 but damaged in a road accident. Sold still damaged, but with a new tub from Opert, to Ron Ignatowski; rebuilt and used in SCCA Formula C until 1980 when sold to Randy Zimmer as the basis for his Can Am car. Raced with a Volkswagen engine in 1982 and then with a Mazda rotary engine in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986. Entered for Jim Del Russo in the 1987 CAT championship. Retained by Zimmer as of 2011.
  4. March RX10-B [73B-17] (Seann Burgess): Originally raced by Bruce MacInnes (Sharon, CT) as part of a two-car team with Ron Cohn. After 1973, it was sold to Joe Ostrowski (Trenton, NJ) and used in SCCA club events until early 1982 when it was bought by Seann Burgess (Caledon, Ontario). Burgess won the CASC Ontario Formula Atlantic championship and the BARC Drivers Championship in 1982 as well as appearing in 'pro' events. After two more seasons of Atlantic, he converted the car to Can-Am specification at the end of 1985 and then fitted a McLaren M1B body and a Mazda 13B rotary engine for 1986. This "March RX10-B" was raced through the 1986 season. Burgess kept the March after it was retired from racing and is in the process of restoring it. By the beginning of 2012, he reckoned it was 90% complete.
  5. Royale S2000M [17] (Jeff Wright): Jeff Wright's Royale was entered as a RP37, the 1984 Sports 2000 model, but Wright's son has confirmed to Martin Krejci that it was a 1981 S2000M, chassis 17. Royale records, quoted in Paul Lawrence's book "Nowhere To Hide", show that this car was originally invoiced to Cooke Racing in the US. According to Doug Waters, the car used a standard Ford Pinto engine for its Can-Am and CAT appearances.
  6. March 85C [44] (Lou Sell): Lou Sell's #5 March 85C Can-Am car was identified at Willow Springs in 1987 by Martin Spetz as 85C-44 "ex-Michael Andretti Kraco".
  7. Watson (Buddy Lazier): For 1982, AJ Watson built a copy of a March 82C. The car was only used rarely but became one team's only remaining option when the 1981 car was rolled into a ball in Dick Simon's massive accident at Riverside late 1982. This is presumably the Watson-DFX that appeared rarely in 1983. Three years later the car reappeared as a single-seat Can-Am car entered by Texas American Race Teams.
  8. Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] (Jeremy Hill): Jeremy Hill's 1984-86 'Photon' was based on a March 78B Formula Atlantic car but fitted with a 2-litre Hart 420R engine, and a Frissbee-inspired body. A later advert for the car on Race-cars.com gives the car as March 78B/15, an ex-Brack car used for a season by Hill in Formula Atlantic before being converted to Can-Am spec.

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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