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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Lime Rock, 4 Jul 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Red Roof/Morgan [Pierre's Motor Racing]
65 54m 55.024s
2 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Jiffy Mixes [Doug Shierson Racing]
65
3 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Great Plains Racing (see note 1)
65
4 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Excita Condoms [Fred Opert Racing]
(see note 2)
65
5 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Direct Films [Ecurie Canada]
64
6 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 Lane Sports (Tigre JD-1) (see note 3)
64
7 Bertil Roos March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#24 Acme/Racetune (see note 4)
64
8 Bill Brack March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 Doug Shierson Racing
64
9 James Crawley Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 5)
63
10 Bobby Brown March 78B [13] - Ford BDN
#79 Automatic Radio
63
11 Ken Duclos Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDN Duclos
#84
63
12 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Sigmon [Pierre's Motor Racing]
63
13 John Mortensen March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Race Shop [Doug Shierson Racing]
63
14 Rick Bell Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#78
62
15 Carl Liebich Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils
#54 (see note 6)
62
16 Peter Neumahr Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#42
62
17 Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 Rocke Racing (see note 7)
62
18 Joe Sposato March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola
#28 C.B. Sports (see note 8)
61
19 Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#51 Brooks Stevens (see note 9)
61
20 Skeeter McKitterick Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#11 Shea Racing (see note 10)
59
21 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Parnelli Jones [Ralt American]
58
22 Ken Briggs March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#30 Tropicana Hotel
58
23 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#71
56
24 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Bluebonnet
40 Engine
25 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis
#62
33 Mechanical
26 Jean-Pierre Alamy March 77B [23] - Ford BDN
#13 Greenpeace [Colin Hine Racing]
(see note 11)
27 Engine
27 Mike Follett Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#21
25 Spun
28 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 (see note 12)
22 Mechanical
29 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Morris
#75 Whalley BMW Sales
21 Spun
30 Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Palm Beach Gem Lab [Hunter Mountain]
11 Electrics
T/C Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 (see note 13)
(Crashed in practice)
UNKE Eje Elgh Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Sheik Condoms [Fred Opert Racing]
(see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE Marcel Talbot Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#11 Jethro Tull
On entry list
UNKE Bruce Jensen March 78B - Ford BDN
#41 Maritimes Special
On entry list
UNKE J B Kendrick Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#42 Paragon Industries
On entry list
UNKE Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN
#50 Starr Racing
On entry list
UNKE Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN
#59 (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#72 Laval Motors
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop 48.321s
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 48.479s
3 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola 48.519s
4 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Nicholson 48.541s
5 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis 48.662s
6 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith 48.882s
7 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis 48.890s
8 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings 49.065s
9 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis 49.102s
10 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13] - Ford BDN 49.491s
11 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis 49.553s
12 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop 49.583s
13 Ken Briggs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 49.617s
14 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDN Duclos 49.669s
15 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis 49.728s
16 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola 49.738s
17 Chris Gleason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Morris 50.029s
18 Peter Neumahr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 50.097s
19 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Morris 50.107s
20 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils 50.191s
21 Mike Rocke (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson 50.289s
22 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth 50.336s
23 Rick Koehler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth 50.710s
24 James Crawley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Smith 50.724s
25 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola 50.726s
26 John Connolly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 50.964s
27 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola 50.977s
28 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN 51.343s
29 Mike Follett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN Cosworth 51.611s
30 Jean-Pierre Alamy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN 52.168s

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Keke Rosberg): New to Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford in 1979, winning five races and finishing second in the championship. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. It was entered by Peers himself in libre in 1984. Then to Steve Raine for Sprints, co-driven by Robin Boucher, and then hired to Bob Fearnley's RK Racing for Tiff Needell to drive in a pair of races in India in early 1985. Then reportedly to Stuart Ridge for 1986. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Chevron B39 [39-77-06] (James Crawley): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. Believed to be the car raced by Francisco Romero at the opening round. Believed to be the car intended for Didier Pironi at St-Félicien in August, but crashed in practice. Repaired and entered for Patrick Depailler at Trois-Rivières and Québec City as the team's #2 car. Retained by Fred Opert Racing for the 1978 New Zealand series, where it was the team's #2 entry raced by Bobby Rahal. Then raced by Jim Crawley in two North American races in early 1978. Subsequent history unknown, but "77-06" was advertised on the Autosport Forum in January 2006 by "Joe" from northern New Jersey. At the Monterey Historics in 2013, this car with this chassis number was driven by Chris Cord. It was driven by Bill Cord at Monterey in 2014 in pale blue Excita livery.
  6. Lola T560 [T460 HU18] (Carl Liebich): New to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI/Two Rivers, WI) for Canadian and IMSA Formula Atlantic races late in the 1976 season. Liebich was said to have a new T560 for 1977, but it appears it was his nearly-new T460 updated. Retained for 1978, 1979, and the start of 1980. Chris Townsend's research shows this car was sold to Chuck Dietrich in 1980 and used by him in SCCA Central Division Formula Atlantic until 1982. It was then retained unraced by Dietrich until sold to Lowell Blossom in 1995. Sold by Blossom to Dave Jordano (Indianapolis, IN) in 2005.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Chevron B45 [45-78-03] (Skeeter McKitterick): 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.
  11. March 77B [23] (Jean-Pierre Alamy): 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Eje Elgh): New to Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford in 1979, winning five races and finishing second in the championship. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. It was entered by Peers himself in libre in 1984. Then to Steve Raine for Sprints, co-driven by Robin Boucher, and then hired to Bob Fearnley's RK Racing for Tiff Needell to drive in a pair of races in India in early 1985. Then reportedly to Stuart Ridge for 1986. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  15. 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.

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.