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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Edmonton, 3 Jul 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada Direct Film (see note 1)
67 1h 04m 01.258s
2 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan
#4 Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
67 1h 04m 03.838s
3 Price Cobb March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Stimola
#22
67 1h 04m 20.678s
4 Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Morris
#56 Morgan Racing-Red Roof Inns
(see note 3)
67 1h 04m 21.575s
5 Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#1 STP-Shierson Racing
67 1h 04m 45.844s
6 Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#37 Pierre's Motors
66
7 Richard Spenard March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Ecurie Canada Direct Film (see note 4)
66
8 Howdy Holmes March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Quaker State-Shierson Racing
66
9 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Jennings
#21 Performance Marketing Team (see note 5)
66
10 David Oxton Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70 Team Tui
66
11 Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings
#20 Steve Jennings Team
66
12 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
65
13 Steve "Gas" Saleen March 76B [13] - Ford BDN Clayton
#39 Clayton Racing Team (see note 7)
65
14 Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 R&R Racing (see note 8)
64
15 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
57 Accident
16 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#11 Rick Shea Racing Team (see note 9)
55 Throttle Cable
17 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10 Tamaco-Colin Hine Racing Team
(see note 10)
44 Accident
18 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#67 Hunter Mountain (see note 11)
28 Engine
19 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine
#41 Exotic Plants (see note 12)
26 Gearbox
20 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Cogan Racing Team
7 Engine
DNA Francisco Romero Chevron B39 - Ford BDN Titan
#5 Fred Opert Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Bobby Fisher March 77B [12] - Ford BDN
#13 (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Tim Cooper March 77B - Ford BDA
#17 (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Ferguson Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDN
#18 Peter Ferguson Racing Team (see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
#50 Webber Racing Team
Did not arrive
DNA Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Stimola Racing (see note 16)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Morris 0.56.31
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Stimola 0.56.57
3 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan 0.56.67
4 David Oxton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson 0.56.79
5 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Race Shop 0.56.82
6 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis 0.56.92

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 77B (Gilles Villeneuve): To Ecurie Canada for Gilles Villeneuve to drive in the Labatts Formula Atlantic series in 1977, supported by Direct Film. The car was white, and ran as #69. The two Ecurie Canada cars, both now described as "ex-Villeneuve", went to Bertil Roos and Chris Gleason for 1978. Roos and Gleason are understood to have run together, and it is believed that Roos had Villeneuve's usual car. After four races, Roos moved to AME Racing to drive a Ralt, and the March was only used once more. Advertised by Joe Solvino Racing in December 1978, then sold to Paul Tavilla (Miami, FL), who crashed it Sebring in early 1979. Then to R.J. Capone (Riviera Beach, FL) and raced by him later in 1979. This car was later sold to Hubert Phipps and "destroyed" at Roebling Road in April 1980 in a collision with Sandy Brandt.
  2. Chevron B39 [39-77-08] (Keke Rosberg): New to Fred Opert Racing and used in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. One of two cars run by the team for Keke Rosberg, this one having narrower track. Retained by Fred Opert Racing for the 1978 New Zealand series, where it was Bobby Rahal's main race car. Then believed to be the car raced by Divina Galica at Long Beach in early 1978. Sold to Dean Lundreen (Franklin, MN) and raced in SCCA Nationals. He scored 13 points in 1978, 15 points in 1979, and continued to race the car in 1980 and 1981. Advertised by Lundgreen in April 1982 and February 1983. Sold to Mike Rand later in 1983, then sold on to Joe Ostrowski (Trenton, NJ) who owned it from 1984 to 1986 at least. Subsequent history unknown, but this car sold through race-cars.com from New York in 2004. In 2016, Martin Lauber commented that he had owned "B39/08" since 2012 at least.
  3. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Bobby Rahal): Ecurie Canada ran a pair of green #69 March 76Bs in 1976 for Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Quebec) with support from Skiroulle. Skiroule's signature green colour suggests they were the two cars listed in March records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars, but exactly how they were used is not known. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then entered them 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.
  4. March 77B (Richard Spenard): To Ecurie Canada for Richard Spenard to drive in the Labatts Formula Atlantic series in 1977, supported by Direct Film. The car was white, and ran as #96. The two Ecurie Canada cars, both now described as "ex-Villeneuve", went to Bertil Roos and Chris Gleason for 1978. Roos and Gleason are understood to have run together, and it is believed that Gleason had Spenard's usual car. After three races, Gleason acquired a new 1978 Ralt RT1, and the only other time the 77B was used was at Hamilton in August. Then sold to Giovanni Distasio (Edgewater, NJ) to replace his March 75B, and raced by him at Trois-Rivières and Montréal in September. Advertised by DiStasio in January 1980. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. 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). This would be the car raced by Tom Contino (Ontario, CA) between 1979 and 1981, then sold by him to Damon Meek (Los Gatos, CA), who raced the car in SCCA Nationals in 1982 and has identified it as 76B-02. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee (Temecula, CA) and it would be the 76B raced by him in the Sears Point Pro race in 1984.
  6. Chevron B39 [39-77-07] (Gregg Young): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship by Gregg Young as the team's #6 Valvoline entry. Retained by Fred Opert Racing for the 1978 New Zealand series, where it was Bobby Rahal's T car. Sold to Peter Robinson (Madison, Wisconsin) and raced in SCCA Nationals and in a couple of Labatts Championship Pro races in 1978. He scored 19 points in Central Division in 1978. He was not seen in 1979, but reappeared with the car in Southwest Division in 1980, now as a member of Lone Star Region, and qualified for the Runoffs. He converted the car to Formula C for 1981, and retained it until 1984 at least, when it was advertised from Austin, TX. Subsequent history unknown, but some time around 2003, the car was acquired by Jeff Mckay (Tacoma, WA) from the estate of a collector in Texas. Mckay sold the car in 2004 to John Bradshaw (Manchester). A car with this chassis number later owned by Sandy Watson, and raced by him in European Historic F2 and HSCC Derek Bell Trophy from 2006 to 2009. Then raced by Roland Wiltschegg (Austria) from 2010 to 2013.
  7. March 76B [13] (Steve "Gas" Saleen): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.
  8. March 77B [29] (Mike Rocke): New Mike Rocke (Livermore, CA), who raced the car through 1977 and 1978 until a serious accident at Trois-Rivières which left Rocke very badly injured and destroyed the 77B.
  9. March 76B (Tom Gloy): Rick Shea Racing Team ran a #11 March 76B in 1977 for Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA) but the origins of the car are unclear. The current owner of 76B-9 has history indicating it is the ex-Gloy car but Shea's recollection is that this car was Mortensen's which can be identified with confidence as 76B-7. Shea and Gloy retained the car for 1978, when it was run as #38 and had a front-mounted radiator. Gloy last raced it at Hamilton in August, after which it was advertised by Bud Rude in September, noting that it had a new monocoque. It was then sold, still yellow and with its front radiator, to Gary Fernandez for 1979, who painted it red. Fernandez crashed the car in April 1979, and it was repaired by Arnie Loyning, who ended up owning it, and raced it a couple of times. It was subsequently traded (for a Sports 2000) to Bob Lesnett (Berkeley, CA), owner of Pfieffer Ridge Racing, so would be the "77B" he raced in SCCA Nationals in 1982, and during his ownership the tub was rebuilt by Marc Bahner. An "ex-Gloy" March was later advertised by Pfeiffer Ridge Racing in Richmond, CA, in January 1984. Larry Savage has a car in 2019 that is said to be ex-Gloy and has the SCCA Log Book from when Gary Fernandez owned it in 1979. The car is now on a 77B tub, but a different 77B tub to the one recorded by the SCCA in 1979.
  10. March 77B [23] (Marcel Talbot): New to Marcel Talbot (Granby, Quebec) and run for him by Colin Hine Racing Team in Formula Atlantic in 1977, sponsored by Tamaco. Retained by Colin Hine Racing for 1978, and entered for Willy T. Ribbs at Long Beach, then for Jean-Pierre Alamy at two further races. Subsequent history unknown. 28 years later, a car with the chassis plate was advertised on race-cars.com from Indianapolis, IN, in 2006, when it was blue and had just been restored by restoration by McNamara Motorsports/Adkins Racing. It was next seen in Historic F2, where it was fitted with a BDG engine, and driven by Bo Warmenius from 2007 to 2014. Photographs indicate this is then the car used by Alain Girardet and Gislain Genecand between 2017 and 2019.
  11. March 77B [14?] (Robert J. Nelkin): Robert J. Nelkin (Roslyn, NY/Woodbury, NY) raced a March 77B in SCCA Nationals, run by Stimola Racing, and then the Pro series in 1977. He was sponsored by the Hunter Mountain ski resort. Nelkin retained for start of the 1978 season and raced it at Long Beach after he had engine trouble in his new 78B. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. Chevron B29 [29-75-14] (Bruce Jensen): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series in 1975, sponsored by Jensen Exotic Plants. Retained by Jensen for 1976, and retained again for 1977. Leighton Irwin, who crewed for Jensen at this time, recalls that it was sold in early 1978, he thinks to Michigan. Subsequent history unknown, but believed to be the car later converted to A Sports Racing by Lou Infante Motoracing and raced by Jerry Molnar (Lathrup Village, MI) in Can-Am in 1982. To Frank Jellinek (N. Hampton, NH), and used by him at two Can-Am races in 1983. Later sold to a "Dave", and Roger Sieling reports that it was stolen from him some time in the mid-1980s near Cleveland Ohio along with his tow truck, trailer, and an Austin-Healey Sprite. The car was never recovered.
  13. March 77B [12] (Bobby Fisher): Bobby Fisher (Charlotte, NC/Vero Beach, FL) had a red/yellow March 77B for the 1977 season, running as #13 with Stroh sponsorship. On the basis of the colour, this was probably 77B-12, the only car listed with such colours in March records. Fisher, was a beer distributor from Vero Beach, FL, whose business and race team were based in Charlotte, NC, moved into NASCAR for a couple of seasons before trying to get an entry for the Indy 500 in 1980. The March 77B was sold to Bill Anspach (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) for 1978. At the Runoffs, Anspach hit the bank very hard, which caused a problem as Anspach had arranged to sell the car to Bill Marlowe. Subsequent history unknown.
  14. March 77B (Tim Cooper): Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO/Lake Lotawana, MO) bought a new March 77B for 1977. His first recorded races were on the weekend of 7-8 May 1977 at the St Louis Region's National/Regional at Mid-America Raceway where he won the Regional on the Saturday and was second to Dorsey Schroeder's March 75B in the National on the Sunday. He was some way off the pace at the opening race of the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship at Mosport Park two weeks later, and was not seen again. The car may have been sold quite early in the 1977 season.
  15. Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] (Peter Ferguson): New to Peter Ferguson (Toronto, Ontario), to be used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series, entered by Ferguson Canada Racing as #76 with Samsonite sponsorship. The Samsonite deal was not renewed, so Ferguson did not race the car in 1976. He returned for the opening race of the 1977 season, at Mosport Park with Gingerbread Displays livery and finished a highly impressive sixth, but did not reappear. The car was sold to Colin Hine, then to Paul Swinwood, for whom Nigel Mortimer sold it to Dr Warren Eads (Rolling Valley Hills, CA). It next passed to collector Art Valdez (Torrance, CA), and remained in Valdez' collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017. Sold to new owner early 2018. Sold to further owner (Kent) late 2018.
  16. March 77B [6?] (Brad Abbott): Brad Abbott (Messapequa, NY) raced a March 77B in SCCA Nationals and then the Pro series in 1977, run by Stimola Racing. He retained the car for 1978, but was seen less often that season. 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' original results.

North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources include results sheet [OMH] and the programme.