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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Hamilton, 7 Aug 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Excita/Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
39 47m 24.585s
68.113 mph
2 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Ecurie Canada
39 47m 25.208s
68.098 mph
3 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Pierre's Motor Racing
39
67.704 mph
4 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Bluebonnet Foods/Quaker State
39
67.394 mph
5 Divina Galica Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
39
66.255 mph
6 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Hanna Car Wash/Pierre's Motor Racing
38
7 John Mortensen March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Doug Shierson Racing
38
8 Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#51 Brook Stevens (see note 3)
38
9 Bob Earl Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#19 James Brolin ('Chevron B39')
38
10 Rick Bell Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#78
38
11 Jean-Pierre Alamy March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Hine
#13
38
12 Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 (see note 4)
37
13 Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Cosworth
#72
37
14 Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN Smith
#50 Starr Racing
37
15 Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 Norman Racing (see note 5)
37
16 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#71
36
17 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Great Plains Racing (see note 6)
35 hit wall between corner 4 and corner 5
18 Peter Robinson Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN
#86 (see note 7)
34 mechanical problems after hitting wall
19 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Brian Robertson/Ralt American
29 rear cross member
20 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 Tom Gloy/Lane Sports (see note 8)
26 transmission
21 Bill Brack March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 Stp Special/Ecurie Canada
22 collision with Rahal
22 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Jiffy Mixes/Doug Shierson Racing
10 broken suspension/collision with backmarker
23 Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Hunter Mountain
10 mechanical problems
24 Mike Follett Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN
#21
10 spun into infield
25 Ralph Manaker March 76B [8?] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#63 (see note 9)
3 mechanical problems
26 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis
#62 Charles Gladding
2 suspension problems
27 Carl Liebich Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDN
#54 Liebrau Racing (see note 10)
0 accident at corner 3
28 Chris Gleason March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#75 Whalley BMW Sales (see note 11)
0 accident at corner 3
29 Bobby Brown March 78B [18] - Ford BDN
#79 Automatic Radios
0 accident at corner 3
30 Bertil Roos March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#24 Acme (see note 12)
0 pulled off at corner 12 prior to green flag
UNKE Eje Elgh Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Sheik Condoms (see note 13)
On entry list
UNKE Ian Ashley Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#11 Jethro Tull (see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE Page Roos Chevron B39 [39-77-09] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#14 (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Armando Trentini March 78B - Ford BDN
#17
On entry list
UNKE Joe Sposato March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola
#28 Smokegard (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Les Hill Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#29 RPM Special
On entry list
UNKE Ken Briggs March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#30 Tropicana Hotel
On entry list
UNKE Steve "Gas" Saleen March 77B - Ford BDN
#39 Clayton Bierke
On entry list
UNKE Allan Turner March 78B - Ford BDN
#40 Weight Loss Clinic [Wilbur Bunce Racing?]
On entry list
UNKE Dick Ferguson March 76B - Ford BDN
#44 ABC Mobile Brake (see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Yves La France Lola T460 - Ford BDN
#45 Phoenix Racing
On entry list
UNKE Rich Bradley March 76B/77B - Ford BDN
#53 (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Terry Visger March 77B - Ford BDN
#55
On entry list
UNKE Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN
#59 Norman Racing (see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE John Bauer March 77B [28?] - Ford BDN
#73
On entry list
UNKE Fred Greenfield Tui BH2 - Ford BDN
#77
On entry list
UNKE Willy T. Ribbs March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#78 [Colin Hine Racing] (see note 20)
On entry list
UNKE Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Joe Stimola (see note 21)
On entry list
DNA Divina Galica Chevron B39 - Ford BDN Smith
#6 Olympus
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.06.637
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
3 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
4 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
5 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
6 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
7 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
8 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
9 Divina Galica (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] - Ford BDN Smith
10 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDN

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B45 [45-78-02] (Keke Rosberg): New to Fred Opert Racing for Keke Rosberg to for race in North American Formula Atlantic in 1978, with backing from Excita. Raced by Bob Earl at Montréal in September when Rosberg drove an older B39. Retained by Opert for 1979, and driven by Marco Tolama. To Paul Fostini (SCCS New York Region) and used in NEDiv Formula Atlantic in 1981, scoring seven points that season. Then to to Albert Pugliese (Rochelle, NY) in 1982, again for local races. Advertised by Pugliese in November 1982. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] (Divina Galica): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. This car was new for Keke Rosberg to race at Trois-Rivières in September 1977. It was retained by Opert for 1978, and raced by Eje Elgh at the opening two rounds as his #5 Sheik Condoms entry before his new Chevron B45 was available. The B39 is then thought to be the #5 car raced by Divina Galica at Hamilton in August. Then probably the pink #5 Chevron raced by Marco Tolama for Opert at Road America in July 1979. Then probably the #4 entry, still in Excita livery, for Doug Titus at two other races later that season.
  3. Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] (Rick Koehler): Rick Koehler (Milwaukee, WI) raced an Excalibur EE2B in Formula Atlantic in 1978, with sponsorship from Brooks Stevens. The car was essentially a March 77B and was described as ex-Shierson and ex-Brack in adverts in late 1978 and 1979. It was leased to Joe Castellano for the Long Beach race in April 1979, and then sat unused until the end of 1980 when it was sold to David Locke (Cambridge City, IN). Locke fitted the car with Cicale Can-Am bodywork and an 1850cc Hart BDA engine and used it in Can-Am races in 1981 and 1982. He returned in 1984, now reportedly using a full F2 Hart 420R engine, and raced it in Can-Am and then CAT until 1987. Chris Townsend advises that it was sold to Lee Johnson in Colorado in April 1988, and was still with Johnson in 2012.
  4. 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.
  5. March 76B [3] (Jon Norman): 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.
  6. March 78B (Jeff Wood): Jeff Wood (Studio City, CA) had a pair of March 78Bs in 1978, entered by Great Plains Racing in Formula Atlantic in 1978 and he then raced one of them in New Zealand in December 1978 and January 1979. He started the 1979 season with one of the 78Bs at Long Beach, and then had a new 79B at either the second or third race. One of the 78Bs was sold to Greg Sun who ran it (as a 78-79B) in SCCA events in 1979. It was then acquired by Bob Schader and raced on through 1980 and early 1981, including appearances at the Long Beach and Road America Pro races in 1980 and at Long Beach again in 1981. Schader then moved into FSV and the 78B was sold to Dorsey Schroeder (Manchester, MO) and used extensively in SCCA in 1981 and 1982.
  7. Chevron B39 [39-77-07] (Peter Robinson): 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.
  8. 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.
  9. March 76B [8?] (Ralph Manaker): 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. Advertised by Manaker as a 76-77B in October 1978.
  10. Lola T362 [HU18] (Carl Liebich): Described as "the 1976 prototype", this car was loaned by Lola to the Wella team for Ted Wentz to drive in the last few races of the 1975 British Formula Atlantic season after Wentz' regular car was wrecked in testing at Silverstone by Roy James. It was loaned to Tony Trimmer for the start of the 1976 season, now as a Lola T362, and Trimmer won the first two races, only for the car to be sold from under him to Bruach Racing for Mike King, who raced it in Indylantic and Shellsport Group 8 for the rest of that season. Somehow then to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI) as a spare car to his Lola T460. Exactly when it was used is not known. Crashed at some point, and sold, still unrepaired, to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA). Still with Moreland in 2003. Later to Steve Maxted (UK), fitted with a Cosworth BDG and raced by him in HSCC F2 races from 2006 to 2011. To Mark Piercy for HSCC F2 from 2012 onwards.
  11. March 77B (Chris Gleason): 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.
  12. March 77B (Bertil Roos): 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.
  13. Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] (Eje Elgh): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. This car was new for Keke Rosberg to race at Trois-Rivières in September 1977. It was retained by Opert for 1978, and raced by Eje Elgh at the opening two rounds as his #5 Sheik Condoms entry before his new Chevron B45 was available. The B39 is then thought to be the #5 car raced by Divina Galica at Hamilton in August. Then probably the pink #5 Chevron raced by Marco Tolama for Opert at Road America in July 1979. Then probably the #4 entry, still in Excita livery, for Doug Titus at two other races later that season.
  14. Chevron B45 [45-78-03] (Ian Ashley): New to Rick Shea Racing and in North American Formula Atlantic in 1978, with backing from Jethro Tull. Raced by Shea at the first round, and by Marcel Talbot, Skeeter McKitterick, Bob Earl and Tom Gloy at later races, Retained by Shea for 1979 and raced by Mark McCaig (Calgary, Alberta) in the Pro series. To Colin Tuckey (Calgary, Alberta) for 1980, and entered in the Pro series by FBM Racing. Retained by Tuckey for 1981. Later raced by David Farmer (Niagra Falls, Ontario) in 1983. The car ended up with another Chevron in a museum in Canada, until 1989, when they were spotted by Peter Hemming. The B45 was acquired by Ed Swart in February 1993, and prepared for historic racing. He raced the B45 from October 1993 with a BDA engine in the Formula Atlantic class, and after about five years ran it with a 2-litre BDG engine in F2 classes.
  15. Chevron B39 [39-77-09] (Page Roos): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. One of two cars run by the team for Keke Rosberg, this one having wider track. Believed to have been new for Rosberg at Halifax in August. Then used by Didier Pironi at St-Félicien a week later after damaging his intended car in practice. Then raced by Jacques Laffite as the team's #1 entry at Trois-Rivières and Québec City. Sold to Formula Ford racer Page Roos (Hillsborough, CA), an heir to the Roos-Atkins clothing store chain, but it was only raced once, at Long Beach in early 1978. Advertised by Roos in January 1982, and apparently the car acquired by Dick Leppla and advertised by him in September 1982. Retained by Leppla until 1987 at least. Subsequent history unknown, but advertised in Hemmings in June 2009.
  16. March 77B [5] (Joe Sposato): New to Joe Sposato and used in SCCA Nationals in 1977. Retained for Pro Formula Atlantic for first half of 1978, then sold to Charles Crotts (High Point, NC) for remainder of 1978. Believed to be the car retained by Crotts and run in SCCA events up to 1985.
  17. March 76B (Dick Ferguson): Dick Ferguson (Los Angeles, CA) raced a #44 March 76B/77B at Long Beach at the start of the 1978 Pro season, and made a couple of entries at races later in the season. Nothing more known.
  18. March 76B/77B (Rich Bradley): Richard W. Bradley (Sunnyvale, CA/Mountain View, CA) raced a #53 March 76B/77B in a couple of races at the start of the 1978 season, but did not arrive for the second Pro race of the season and was not seen again. Nothing more known.
  19. March 76B (Dan Marvin): Dan Marvin (El Sobrante, CA) drove a #59 March 76B in 1977 as part of Jon Norman's Boxtrom-Berglen Norman Racing team. The car was built up using a tub that Norman had fabricated himself, using an unknown number of parts of unknown origin. It was, in effect, a new car. Marvin raced the car in both Pro Formula Atlantic and in SCCA Nationals in 1977 and 1978.
  20. March 77B [23] (Willy T. Ribbs): 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.
  21. 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

Results sheet provided by George Webster.