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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Road America, 26 Aug 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Chuck Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam Hart
#57 Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc., Rockville, Md
20 1.05.18.6
73.639 mph
$2250
2 Gordon Smiley Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford twin cam Hart
#7 L.R. Burchett, Leawood, Kansas
20 1.05.43.1
$1175
3 Maurice McCaig Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford twin cam
19
$850
4 Tom Outcault March 722 - Ford twin cam
#3 Troco Racing, Cranford, NJ
19
$500
5 Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#79 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
19
$400
6 Mike Hall Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
#27 Michael Hall, Deerfield, Ill.
19
$300
7 Mike Eyerly Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam
#80 Bunny Ribbs Plumbing & Heating
(see note 1)
18 Engine $250
8 Jim Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam Hart
#67 Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc., Rockville, Md
18
$200
9 Mike Hansen Brabham BT35 [31] - Ford twin cam
#33 Mark Hansen Racing, Belmost, California [Marx-Hansen Racing]
18
$200
10 Dan Murphy Cicada Mk I - Ford twin cam HRE
#19 Rislone Special/Cicada Racing Ent., Inc. Plymouth, Wisconsin
17
$150
11 Bill Middleton Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam Hart
#31 Dr. Bill Middleton, Newport Beach, Calif.
(see note 2)
17
$150
12 Dale Lang March 722 - Ford twin cam
#21 Race Shop, Midland Park, N.J.
17
$100
13 Seb Barone March 722 - Ford twin cam Hart
#28 J.C. Competition Eng., Southington, Conn.
16
$100
14 James Gutfreund Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
#17 Great Plains Racing
16
$75
15 Thomas C. Jones Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
#96 Tom Jones Racing, Jamestown, N.Y.
(see note 3)
15
$75
16 Bob Hebert Lotus 69 - Ford twin cam
#91 JC Competition Eng., Southington, Conn
15
$50
17 Nick Craw Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam Hart
#71 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
(see note 4)
15
$50
18 Joe Shepherd Lola T240 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#51 Joe Shepherd, Indianapolis, Indiana
(see note 5)
14
$50
19 Allan Lader March 722 [27] - Ford twin cam Hart
#2 Pacifico Inc, Gresham, Oregon
(see note 6)
7
$50
20 Tim Simpson March 702 - Ford twin cam
Bob-Kat Racing
6 Engine $50
21 Bob Schutt Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam
#65 Bob Schutt, Kirkwood, Mo. (see note 7)
3 Unknown  
22 Brownlee Cote Brabham BT18/21 - Ford twin cam HRE
#40 Grand View Lodge, Brainerd, Minn.
3 Puncture  
23 Syd Demovsky Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
#11 Demovsky Racing, Chicago, Illinois
(see note 8)
0 Spun on pace lap  
24 James King March "712B" (71BM) [4?] - Ford twin cam CRW
#22 James King, E. St Louis, Ill.
0 Puncture on pace lap  
25 Bill O'Connor Chevron B15 - Ford twin cam Hart
#95 Bill O'Connor Racing, Chicago, Illinois
(see note 9)
0 Unknown on pace lap  
26 Bob Lazier March 722 [16b] - Ford twin cam CRW
#6 Bobby Lazier, Vail, Colorado
0 Puncture on pace lap  
27 Howard Jackson Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#63 Cyclone Racing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(see note 10)
0 Suspension damage on pace lap  
28 Warren Ogden III March 712M [15] - Ford twin cam Hart
#49 Warren G. Ogden, North Andover, Mass.
(see note 11)
0 Unknown on pace lap  
29 Dick Doherty March 722 - Ford twin cam
#88 Doherty Racing Ent., Hollywood, Calif.
0 Unknown on pace lap  
DNS David McConnell GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
DWM Racing
Did not start
(Withdrew because of weather conditions)
DNS Bobby Brown Chevron B20 [72-3] - Ford twin cam Hart
#72 Bob Brown Racing, Inc., Hicksville, N.Y.
(see note 12)
Did not start
DNS Chuck Dietrich March 722 - Ford twin cam
#30 Dietrich Motors, Inc., Sandusky, Ohio
Did not start
DNS James Dunkel Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
#1 Dunkel Racing, Rockford, Ill
(see note 13)
Did not start
DNS Peter W Nye March "712" (71BM) - Ford twin cam HRE
#8 Peter Nye Racing Ent., Fostoria, Ohio
(see note 14)
Did not start
DNS Bob Newton March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
#89 (entered as Lotus-Ford) Bob Newton, Cupertino, Calif.
Did not start
UNKE John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
#16 John Angus, Hartland, Wis. (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Paul Dalton Royale RP5 [1] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#20 Paul Dalton, Davenport, Iowa
On entry list
UNKE Ted Thomas March 722 - Ford twin cam Hart
#50 Tebar Racing, Bethel Park, Pa.
(see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Dick Drexler McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
#54 Dick Drexler, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
(see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Cliff L. Phillips Lola T242 [HU16] - Ford twin cam Hart
#60 Cliff Phillips, Palos Park, Ill.
(see note 18)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 David McConnell * (FB) 1.6-litre GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam 2.23.460
2 Gordon Smiley (FB) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford twin cam Hart
3 Chuck Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam Hart
4 Jim Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam Hart
5 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [16b] - Ford twin cam CRW
6 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam Hart
7 Mike Hall (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
8 Mike Eyerly (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam
9 James King (FB) 1.6-litre March "712B" (71BM) [4?] - Ford twin cam CRW
10 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
11 Bob Hebert (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 - Ford twin cam
12 Tom Outcault (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
13 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [27] - Ford twin cam Hart
14 Bobby Brown * (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-3] - Ford twin cam Hart
15 Mike Hansen (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [31] - Ford twin cam
16 Nick Craw (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam Hart
17 Howard Jackson (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
18 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
19 Bill O'Connor (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15 - Ford twin cam Hart
20 Seb Barone (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam Hart
21 Joe Shepherd (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
22 Maurice McCaig (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford twin cam
23 James Gutfreund (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
24 Chuck Dietrich * (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
25 Warren Ogden III (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M [15] - Ford twin cam Hart
26 James Dunkel * (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
27 Peter W Nye * (FB) 1.6-litre March "712" (71BM) - Ford twin cam HRE
28 Dale Lang (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
29 Dan Murphy (FB) 1.6-litre Cicada Mk I - Ford twin cam HRE
30 Bob Schutt (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam
31 Bob Newton * (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
32 Brownlee Cote (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18/21 - Ford twin cam HRE
33 Dick Doherty (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
34 Thomas C. Jones (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
35 Tim Simpson (FB) 1.6-litre March 702 - Ford twin cam
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT29 [38] (Mike Eyerly): The early history of this car is unknown but it is believed to be the blue-and-red Brabham BT29 entered by Bunny Ribbs (San Jose, CA) for Mike Eyerly in FB in 1971 (#63) and 1972 (#80). Jon Milledge also drove Ribbs car at Brainerd in Sep 1972. Ribbs, father of future Trans-Am star Willy T. Ribbs, advertised the car at the end of 1972. The next owner is unknown but the car was quickly on to Skip Jones who remembers buying it in San Francisco and that Ribbs had previously been involved. Jones raced the car in Regional events in 1973, winning the 1973 ICSCC Formula B championship, and then sold it to Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who fitted a BDA for the 1974 season and raced it in SCCA Formula A and in Canadian Formula Atlantic. Jones believes that the car was sold and campaigned in eastern Canada with Kimberly Clark livery by Monique Proulx. Proulx drove Karlberg's March 712M in a Pro Atlantic race supporting the US GP at Watkins later that year so may have driven the older BT29 in local events.
  2. Brabham BT38B (Bill Middleton): 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.
  3. Chevron B14 (Thomas C. Jones): In Sep 1970, a young Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) raced a blue and silver Chevron in the Mid-Ohio 'Pro' Formula B race. Trueman would later found the Red Roof Inn motel chain and use his ensuing wealth to form the Truesports racing team and win the Indy 500 in 1986. After the 1970 season, he sold the Chevron to one-time F1 driver Tom Jones (Euclid, OH) who understood it to be a B14 and entered it as such. He raced it in 1971 and 1972 and then traded it to Ed Zink for the remains of the McLaren M22 that Zink's nephew Harry Ingle had crashed at Road America. The later history of the Chevron is unknown.
  4. Brabham BT38B (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington, DC) raced a #71 Brabham BT38 in the 1972 SCCA Pro Formula B series but is only known to have started two races. The car was described as blue/yellow or yellow and was entered by Fred Opert Racing. It is likely that this was a brand new BT38B. In February 1973, the "ex-Craw" car was advertised by Opert as "4 races from new". Nothing more known.
  5. Lola T240 (Joe Shepherd): Joe Shepherd (Indianapolis, IN) raced a black #51 Lola T240 in CenDiv FB and in the Road Atlanta and Road America Pro FB races in 1972. Nothing more known.
  6. March 722 [27] (Allan Lader): Allan Lader (Gresham, OR) had a black #2 March 722 for 1972. As his main focus in 1972 was Formula 5000, he only raced the car in two Pro FB races and in the Sep 1972 Lime Rock FA race when it was fitted with a BDA and ran in the Formula A class. It was entered by Pacifico Inc. and also, at Laguna Seca in May 1972, by Pierres Motors Racing. In 1973, Robert Hall (Oakland, CA) raced a black March 722 that was said to be ex-Lader. He raced this car in SCCA National and Regional races over the next three seasons or longer.
  7. Brabham BT35 [9] (Bob Schutt): Chassis number given for Nick Craw's car in Autosport report of Arco Trophy race at Castle Combe, April 12, 1971, where the car debuts. [AS 15 Apr 1971 p20] Report says car is being taken over to North America, so presumably the BT35 used by Craw in races there in 1971, entered by Fred Opert.
  8. Lola T240 [HU4] (Syd Demovsky): New to Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) and his red #11 Demovsky Racing Lola T240 in the 1971 Pro FB series. Retained for 1972 and again did a full season, still red and still using #11. Subsequent history unknown. A car with this chassis number raced by Bob Juggins in 1996/97.
  9. Chevron B15 (Bill O'Connor): Bill O'Connor (Chicago, IL/Highland Pk, IL) raced a blue/orange/yellow Chevron B15b in SCCA Formula B in the fall of 1972. He scored 13 points in Central Division FB and also entered several Pro races in the fall, but faield to start any, the closets being when he retired on the pace lap at Road America. O'Connor then acquired a Brabham BT38 for 1973 so the Chevron may have been traded back to Fred Opert. Nothing more known.
  10. Lola T240 (Howard Jackson): Howard E. Jackson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) drove a blue #32 Lola T240 in CenDiv SCCA FB events in 1971 and also in the Pro race at Brainerd. He raced the car again in 1972, this time using #63. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. March 712M [15] (Warren Ogden III): John Cannon generally ran his March 712M in Formula 2 but took it to the US in September for the Lime Rock Formula 5000 race fitted with an FVC (MN 3 Feb 1972 p18). In 1972, the car was converted to Formula B specification with a Hart twin cam and raced by Warren G. Ogden III (North Andover, MA) in SCCA events. He advertised the car in Feb 1973 but it may have been the basis of the March 73B that he drove at Virginia International Raceway on 8 Apr 1973.
  12. Chevron B20 [72-3] (Bobby Brown): Sold via Fred Opert to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for SCCA Formula B. Third and first in the two Bogotá races early in 1972, then raced in the JAP GP at Fuji in May. Also won the Pro FB race at Lime Rock in July. Likely to be the B20 raced by Dan Carmichael (Columbus, OH) at the 1972 SCCA Runoffs. Raced by Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) at Mosport Park in July 1973. To Freeman Racing for 1974, and raced by Price Cobb in the Pro Formula Atlantic races that season. Advertised by Cobb in early 1975, then advertised by Richard Jackson (Dallas, TX) in August 1975 as "ex-Brown", and February 1976. Next seen when sold by a dealer, Paul Lindell (Houston, TX), to James Sawyer in January 1978. From Sawyer to Jeff McKay (Tacoma, WA) then on to Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO). Sold by Pawluczkowycz to Steve Marschman (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in May 2004.
  13. Chevron B18 (James Dunkel): After racing a Lola T190 in Formula A in 1971, James Dunkel (Rockford, IL) stepped back into Formula B for 1972 with a blue Chevron B18, scoring five points in CenDiv. He advertised the car in Feb 1973 as "six races from new". If Dunkel only raced it two or three times, it is possible that it had been Dan Carmichael's car in 1971.
  14. March "712" (71BM) (Peter W Nye): Raced by Geoff Freeman (Ohio) in SCCA events in Central Division in 1971 but this 71BM did not appear in Pro events until bought by Peter Nye for the 1972 season. Nye crashed the car early in the season but rebuilt it on a new tub supplied by March and raced through 1972 and 1973 in Pro events and in SCCA. In 1974, Nye loaned the car to Galen Lyons and he raced it in one or two SCCA Nationals before it was sold to the Northwest US where its new owners planned to rebuild it as a sports car.
  15. Brabham BT29 [1] (John Angus): John Angus bought the first BT29, ordering the car as early as late summer of 1968 but taking delivery in August 1969. He ran it in Regionals in late 1969 before participating in the Pro series in 1970. He swapped from a Vegantune to a Racing Services engine for 1971 and continued in Nationals. Angus continued with the car in 1972, when Ron Dykes also drove it in the Bogotá races and again in 1973, when the car continued to be competitive at National level. Unknown after the end of the 1973 season.
  16. March 722 (Ted Thomas): Ted Thomas (Bethel Park, PA) had a March 722 during 1972 and 1974 but little is known of its race record. It was entered by Tebar Racing and its livery was given as red/white/blue but entry numbers varied, including #50 in 1972, #12 in 1973 and #24 in 1974. This would presumably have been a new car but nothing is currently known of the car's fate.
  17. McLaren M4B (Dick Drexler): Dick Drexler (Pewaukee, WI) had a red/grey McLaren M4A which he entered in local SCCA Formula B events from 1969 to 1972, usually as #5 or #51. A one-time Regional Executive of the SCCA Milwaukee Region, Richard W Drexler was president of Milwaukee-based oil refiner Lubricant, Inc. Records of him actually starting a race are rare but he was a regular entry at his local Road America and Blackhawk Farms circuits or even as far afield as Brainerd. He returned in 1973 and 1974 with the car now fitted with a 1-litre engine for Formula C, qualifying for the Run-Offs in 1973. He scored his last FC points in 1975. Drexler died in April 2003 and nothing more is known of the history of the McLaren.
  18. Lola T242 [HU16] (Cliff L. Phillips): Shown in Lola records as a red Lola T242 invoiced in May 1972 so probably the red #60 Lola T242 bought by Tom Fraser (Atlanta, GA), sponsored by his 't.edwards' stores and raced by him in the Road Atlanta Pro race in July 1972. This may also be the red #60 Lola T242 entered by Cliff Phillips (Palos Park, IL) at Road America in late August but a share between drivers in Atlanta and Illinois seems unlikely. Fraser had been entered by Bobby Rinzler Racing when he raced a Lola T212 in 1971 so this T242 is likely to be the car advertised by Bobby Rinzler Racing as "new car with race on it" in January 1973. Subsequent history unknown.

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.