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IMSA Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Ontario Motor Speedway, 9 May 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris
#69 (see note 1)
26 0.42.24.553
106.675
2 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#70 Allan McCall
26 0.42.39.750
3 Bill Brack Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart
#1
26
4 Johnny Gerber Chevron B34 [34.76.10] - Ford BDA BSR
#44 Bill Scott Racing
26
5 Price Cobb March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
Doug Shierson Racing
26
6 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart
#12 Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
26
7 Tim Cooper March 75B [73B?] - Ford BDA CRW
#17 Wilbur Bunce Racing (see note 3)
26
8 Dick Hayes Chevron B27 - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 4)
26
9 Chip Mead Lola T460 [HU9] - Ford BDA Cosworth
Pierre Phillips
26
10 Pete Halsmer Brabham BT38 - Ford BDA Willis
#42 (see note 5)
26
11 Tom Bagley Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#7 Fred Opert Racing
25
12 Gordon Strom Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
25
13 Kevin Cogan Chevron B34 [34.76.20] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Bill Brack Racing
25
14 Seb Barone March 76B - Ford BDA
#28 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 7)
25
15 Hugh Mooney March 71BM - Ford twin cam
RPM Racing
25
16 Johnnie Crean March 74B - Alfa Romeo twin cam
#51
24
17 Warren "Bud" Pauge Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDA
(see note 8)
24
18 Steve Jizmagian Lola T460 [HU3] - Ford BDA
24
19 Mark Munroe Brabham BT40 [30] - Ford BDA
24
20 Lynn Bentson Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#77
24
21 Dale Lang March 76B [8?] - Ford BDA
Doug Shierson Racing (see note 9)
24
22 John Weakley Lola T360 - Ford BDA
23
23 Lee Pitman Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
(see note 10)
22
24 Bobby Brown Chevron B34 [34.76.07] - Ford BDA Hart
#79 Audiovox
17 Engine
25 Dennis Firestone Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA
Wilbur Bunce Racing
8 Not running
26 Ron Dykes Brabham BT40 [33] - Ford BDA Hart
Titmas Racing
7 Not running
27 Tom Gloy Lola T460 [HU4] - Ford BDA Phillips
Pierre Phillips
5 Engine
28 Jeffrey Alkana March 75B [4] - Ford BDD
#68 (see note 11)
5 Not running
29 Tom Pumpelly March 76B [3?] - Ford BDA
(see note 12)
5 Engine
30 Bobby Rahal March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy
#9 (see note 13)
4 Engine
31 Marcel Talbot Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
#10 (see note 14)
4 Not running
32 Héctor Rebaque Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor
Carl Haas Racing
4 Engine
33 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDA
Doug Shierson Racing (see note 15)
2 Spun, couldn't restart
34 Carl Liebich Chevron B29 [29-75-03] - Ford BDA Hart
2 Not running
35 Syd Demovsky Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA
B&B Racing
2 Not running
36 Jim van Horn Chevron B27 [27-74-07] - Ford BDA
(see note 16)
2 Not running
37 Don Breidenbach March 76B [9] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#76 Roots Footwear
1 Blown plug
DNS Phil Threshie Lola T360 - Ford BDA
Did not start
DNS Howdy Holmes Ralt RT1 [6] - Ford BDA
Ameropean Racing
Did not start
DNS Joe Colantonio Lola T360 - Ford BDA
Did not start
DNS Byron Hatten March 76B - Ford BDA
Did not start
DNS Tom Christ Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA
(see note 17)
Did not start
DNS Dick Renard March 71BM - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS Jimmy Santos Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS Herman Gugliotta March 76B - Ford BDA
(see note 18)
Did not start
DNS Rocky Moran March 75B [722-33?] - Ford BDA
[Bunce]
Did not start
DNS Fred Greenfield Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
Did not start
DNA James Crawley Chevron B34 [34.76.21] - Ford BDA Hart
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris 1.35.880
2 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy 1.36.641
3 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.37.098
4 Don Breidenbach (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [9] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.37.428
5 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.07] - Ford BDA Hart 1.37.670
6 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.37.945
7 Tom Bagley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart 1.38.024
8 Tom Pumpelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [3?] - Ford BDA 1.38.050
9 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDA 1.38.140
10 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU4] - Ford BDA Phillips 1.38.165
11 Johnny Gerber (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.10] - Ford BDA BSR 1.38.186
12 Pete Halsmer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 - Ford BDA Willis 1.38.391
13 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.38.460
14 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.39.038
15 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart 1.39.039
16 Gordon Strom (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA 1.39.213
17 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU9] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.39.512
18 Dennis Firestone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA 1.39.554
19 Dick Hayes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 - Ford BDA Hart 1.39.567
20 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-03] - Ford BDA Hart 1.39.611
21 Ron Dykes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [33] - Ford BDA Hart 1.39.632
22 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.20] - Ford BDA Hart 1.39.647
23 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [73B?] - Ford BDA CRW 1.40.500
24 Seb Barone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA 1.41.085
25 Phil Threshie * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 - Ford BDA 1.41.870
26 Syd Demovsky (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA 1.42.184
27 Warren "Bud" Pauge (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDA 1.42.960
28 Howdy Holmes * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [6] - Ford BDA 1.43.759
29 John Weakley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 - Ford BDA 1.43.928
30 Steve Jizmagian (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU3] - Ford BDA 1.44.044
31 Johnnie Crean (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B - Alfa Romeo twin cam 1.44.259
32 Lynn Bentson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.45.370
33 Jim van Horn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-07] - Ford BDA 1.45.735
34 Joe Colantonio * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 - Ford BDA 1.46.107
35 Mark Munroe (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [30] - Ford BDA 1.48.197
36 Jeffrey Alkana (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [4] - Ford BDD 1.48.990
37 Dale Lang (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [8?] - Ford BDA 1.49.568
38 Byron Hatten * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA 1.51.905
39 Tom Christ * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA 1.52.731
40 Hugh Mooney (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 71BM - Ford twin cam 1.53.031
41 Lee Pitman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam 1.56.309
42 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA 1.56.472
43 Dick Renard * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 71BM - Ford twin cam No time
44 Jimmy Santos * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Winkelmann - Ford twin cam No time
45 Herman Gugliotta * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA No time
46 Rocky Moran * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [722-33?] - Ford BDA No time
47 Fred Greenfield * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson No time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Gilles Villeneuve): Ecurie Canada ran a pair of green #69 March 76Bs in 1976 for Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Quebec) with support from Skiroulle. The identity of the two cars is currently unclear but the colour suggests they were the two cars listed in Marc records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. The only other green car in those records, 76B-5, is likely to be James King's car which was a darker shade. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars. One or other was also raced by James Hunt at Trois-Rivières and by Howdy Holmes at Road Atlanta, where he crashed. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then for Rahal in the 1977 Pro series with sponsorship from Red Roof Inns. Rahal also had a 77B but this was crashed at the opening race. One 76B then went to Ron Levanduski (Elmira, NY) and the other to Bob Earl.
  2. Chevron B34 [34.76.16] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): New to Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA/Costa Mesa, CA) and run for him by Fred Opert Racing in North American Formula Atlantic in 1976. His car was entered by Performance Marketing, and this apparently disguises a move to Shierson Racing in time for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in early September. Bancroft wrecked it in practice at Trois-Rivières, and replaced it with a March 76B.
  3. March 75B [73B?] (Tim Cooper): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) had a purple #6 March 73B for 1973 but crashed at Trois-Rivières in Sept and after being repaired, the 73B was sold to Ecurie Canada for guest driver Eppie Wietzes to race at the Watkins Glen Pro FB race five weeks later. Then sold to Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) who raced the "ex-Ecurie Canada" 73B at a Willow Springs Regional in December 1973. Raced extensively in SCCA racing early in 1974 and then in the Pro F/Atlantic series, prepared by Charlie Williams Racing. Probably then the "75B" that Cooper raced as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975; maybe the 75B/76B that Wilbur Bunce ran for him in 1976, and possibly the self-entered 77B he had in early 1977. Might then be the ex-Cooper March "75B" later entered by Ted Titmus in 1978 and 1979. The latter years of this history become increasingly uncertain and we're very keen to talk to Tim Cooper to clarify.
  4. Chevron B27 (Dick Hayes): Dick Hayes (Huntingdon Beach, CA) raced a Chevron in SCCA Nationals and one IMSA Pro race in 1975 and 1976. It was described as an "ex-Howdy Holmes B27" by Finish Line in 1975, and a photograph shows that it was dark blue with dark green sidepods when it appeared at Ontario in May 1976. However, the car Holmes drove was also driven by Tom Pryce at Trois-Rivières, and an ex-Pryce car was owned by Dan Neuman in 1975 and 1976. So it is possible that the car Holmes drove at Watkins Glen in October 1974 was a new car, unrecorded in Chevron records, and this is what went to Hayes. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Brabham BT38 (Pete Halsmer): Sold new to Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) and raced in the 1972 SCCA Formula B series. Also raced in SCCA Nationals and at the Run-Offs. Retained for 1973 and run in Nationals, winning at Holtville in March. Retained again for the early 1974 Nationals and then said to have been seized by the sheriff at the Phoenix National for unpaid alimony. Next seen in May 1975 when Pete Halsmer (Huntington Beach, CA) raced "the ex-Middleton Brabham BT-38" in Formula B. Raced by Halsmer for three seasons, during which time it was extensively modified by Halsmer. Halsmer won the Laguna Seca June Sprints in the BT38 in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Chevron B29 (Gordon Strom): Gordon Strom (Santa Cruz, CA/Sunnyvale, CA) ran a Brabham BT35 in west coast SCCA racing from 1972 to 1975 when he moved up to a nearly-new Chevron B29. The car was yellow with red top bodywork and ran as #9. The identity of the Chevron is not known. Strom raced this in 1976 and 1977 until an accident at Laguna Seca in June 1977 in which he suffered massive head injuries. It is likely thast the car was destroyed. Strom was hospitalised but his medical insurance "ran out", and a fund was established to help his wife Kay with the overwhelming hospital bills. He died in November 1977 without having regained conciousness.
  7. March 76B (Seb Barone): Seb Barone (Portland, CT or Dilliner, PA) drove a white #28 March 76B in 1976, entered by Isola Racing but run by Doug Shierson Racing. As a white car, March records suggest this would have been 76B-9, 76B-11 or 76B-12. Barone crashed the car at Trois-Rivières in September and it was not seen again.
  8. Brabham BT38 [‘33’] (Warren "Bud" Pauge): A "new chassis" replacing the ASCA team's Brabham BT38 wrecked by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Rouen. It was raced by teammate Adam Potocki at Imola, where Potocki failed to qualify, and was then Jaussaud's car for the rest of the season. ASCA entered Jaussaud in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, but he was involved in the startline accident at the second Interlagos race, and the Brabham was badly damaged. According to Chris Townsend's research, this car was acquired by Fred Opert Racing and raced by Héctor Rebaque in the Caracas Formula B race in March 1973, then by Brian Robertson in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1973. It's not clear what else Opert used it for in 1973, but in January 1974, he sold it to John Bernardine (Tulsa, OK) for SCCA Formula B. Then to Warren Pauge (Hacienda Heights, CA) in August 1975, replacing his well-used Brabham BT21. Pauge retained the BT38 for many years, even running it as a Can-Am car once in 1982. After he finally stopped racing it in 1988, he sold it to Marc Bahner, then it went to George Steven in 1992, Tom Stapleton about 2008, and Paul Skilowitz in 2016.
  9. March 76B [8?] (Dale Lang): Doug Shierson Racing ran a red March 76B for Dale Lang (Wilton, CT) in 1976. The only red 76B in March build records was 76B-8, suggesting this was Lang's car. Lang retained this car for 1977 and then sold it to Ralph Manaker (Erieville, NY) who raced it in 1978.
  10. Lola T240 (Lee Pitman): Lee Pitman (La Hambra Heights, CA) raced an orange #57 in SCCA races at Riverside and Laguna Seca from 1972 to 1978 at least. He raced for CSCC but rarely scored points at National level. Nothing more known.
  11. March 75B [4] (Jeffrey Alkana): Don Breidenbach (Oakland, CA) had a new March 75B which he first raced at Holtville Aerodrome 23 Mar 1975. It was blue and ran as #61 entered by D. L. B. Industries. Last known race was in February 1976, after which Breidenbach's new 76BN arrived and the 75B went to Jeffrey Alkana (Azusa, CA), replacing his earlier 74B. Alkana is reported to have won the regional championship in 1977 with this car but it seems more likely that he won the 1976 Cal Club Formula B title. Sold to Alan Holly for 1977, repainted red and again used in Cal Club SCCA events. Sold by Holly to studio exec Steve Brimmer who raced it in 1978 and then kept it, unused, for some time. History then unknown until owned by Walter Hagstrom in 1988. It then sat unused for ten years from 1990 until sold by Roger Downer (Petaluma, CA) to Ken Stone in 2000. Retained by Stone in 2004. With Mark Rincon (Redding, CA) by 2008. Retained by Rincon 2012.
  12. March 76B [3?] (Tom Pumpelly): Tom Pumpelly (McLean, VA) raced a yellow #34 March 76B, entered by National Tire Wholesale. The only yellow 76B shown in March records was chassis 76B-3. Pumpelly raced the car until it was damaged in a collision with Bancroft at Mosport Park in August, after which it was acquired by Ecurie Canada whose regular driver Gilles Villeneuve had damaged both his cars. It is therefore believed to be the car driven by Villeneuve to win at Trois-Rivières and Road Atlanta in September but this is by no means certain. Then bought by John Lane who rented it back to Pumpelly for the SCCA Run-Offs at Road Atlanta, where Pumpelly crashed it again. Sold to John Norman (Oakland, CA) who raced it as part of a two-car team with Dan Marvin in 1977 and 1978. Norman then sold the car but later bought it back and restored it to Villeneuve's livery.
  13. March 76B [4?] (Bobby Rahal): Doug Shierson Racing ran an orange #9 March 76B in 1976 for Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL). There were four orange March 76Bs according to March records but only one was built as part of the first batch of cars, 76B-4, strongly suggesting this was Rahal's car. The subsequent history of this car is not known until it was advertised in 1985 as "ex-Villeneuve".
  14. Chevron B29 (Marcel Talbot): Marcel Talbot (Granby, Quebec), raced a second-hand Chevron B29 in the 1976 CASC and IMSA Formula Atlantic championships. The car was black and raced as #10, with Tamaco Industries sponsorship. After Mont-Tremblant in July, he upgraded to a new Chevron B34. Nothing more known.
  15. March 76B [2] (Cliff Hansen): Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, CA) campaigned a blue/red #6 March 76B in 1976 as part of the Doug Shierson Racing operation. Hansen retained the car as a spare in 1977 (he had a 77B but crashed it). It was later bought from Tom Contino (Ontario, CA) by Damon Meek, who has indentified the car as 76B-02. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee and it would be the 76B raced by him in the Sears Point Pro race in 1984.
  16. Chevron B27 [27-74-07] (Jim van Horn): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to George Sabin. Used by Alan Lader as well in 1974. Sold to Bobby Fisher (Lafayette, CA) for 1975 and used in some early-season Nationals and one Pro race. To Jim Van Horn (Orange, CA) for 1976 and run in west coast Pro and SCCA racing. Then a strong candidate for the car of Californian Mike Morris in SCCA races in 1977 though this may have been the ex Hayes car from 1975-76. Either this or the Hayes car likely to be the B27 for sale by Crosslé Cars Pacific in 1982. In February 2007, Bud Morrison bought what he believes to be B27-74-07 from Neil Johnson via Fantasy Junction (Emeryville, CA).
  17. Chevron B27 [27-74-18] (Tom Christ): Chevron build record says sold to Bobby Brown of B&B Racing Enterprises, June 1974. The car was badly damaged in an accident at Trois Rivieres in 1974. Brown says that the remains were returned to Chevron in p/x for two B29s in 1975. However, advertised by Brown in May and June 1975 as 'not raced since complete rebuild at Chevron' which suggests that the car came back to him. Sold later in 1975 to Thomas Christ (Racine, WI), and raced by him in Pro Formula Atlantic and SCCA Nationals in 1976 and 1977. Then unknown until owned by Daniel Sauriol (Appleton, WI) in 1984. Sold to Cliff Ebben (Appleton, WI) at the end of the 1984 season, then sold by him to Comprep (i.e. Dennis Eade of ComPrep (Competition Preparation) in Zenda, WI) for ComPrep customer Alan Lewis (Indianapolis, IN). Run by ComPrep for Eade. Sold to Alan Azar (O'Fallon, IL) in 1999. With dealer Chuck Haines of Can-Am Cars Ltd (St. Louis, MO) in 2018.
  18. March 76B (Herman Gugliotta): Herman Gugliotta (Dilliner, PA) drove a #33 March 76B in 1976, entered by Isola Racing but run by Doug Shierson Racing. As a white car, March records suggest this would have been 76B-9, 76B-11 or 76B-12. Gugliotta retained the car for SCCA racing, winning the 1979 NE Div title, before selling it to Lyle Heck (Reading, PA) who still owned it in 1982.

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.

1970 US FB results were compiled from Autoweek reports by Jim Thurman; 1971 results were transcribed from Autoweek by Allen Brown and 1972 results were compiled by Chris Townsend from an SCCA results publication.

The US Formula B series did not continue in 1973 but a race was organised in Caracas in March 1973 that fits here probably better than anywhere else, as do the occasional SCCA F/Atlantic and FB races in 1974 and 1975.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.