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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Road America, 23 Jul 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
25 0.56.05.36
106.972 mph
2 Bill Brack March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 Doug Shierson Racing
25 0.56.08.49
3 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Pierre's Motor Racing
25
4 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34
25
5 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 Lane Sports (see note 1)
25
6 Bertil Roos Ralt RT1/78 [111] - Ford BDN Jennings
#24 AME Racing
25
7 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
25
8 Bobby Brown March 78B [13] - Ford BDN
#79 Automatic Radio
25
9 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motor Racing
25
10 Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Hunter Mountain
24
11 Bruce Jensen Ralt RT1 [95] - Ford BDN
#41
24
12 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Morris
#75 Whalley BMW Sales
24
13 Rick Bell Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#78
24
14 Peter Robinson Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN
#66 (#86?) (see note 3)
24
15 John Bauer March 77B [28?] - Ford BDN
#73
24
16 Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN Smith
#50 Starr Racing
24
17 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Furnas
#62
24
18 Mike Follett Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN
#21
23
19 Carl Liebich Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDN
#54 (see note 4)
23
20 Bob Earl Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#19 Shea Racing (see note 5)
19 Accident
21 Frank Scott March 75B - Ford BDA
(see note 6)
19
22 Skeeter McKitterick Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
(see note 7)
18
23 Dale Lang March 78B [12] - Ford BDN
13
24 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Ralt American
6 Engine
25 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
5
26 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
Great Plains Racing (see note 8)
2 Engine
27 Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth
1
28 John Mortensen March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop
0
UNK Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Ecurie Canada

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

Qualifying
1 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis 2m 13.836s
2 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola 2m 14.382s
3 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop 2m 14.733s
4 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
5 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [111] - Ford BDN Jennings
6 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
7 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
8 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
9 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Furnas
10 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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, owner of Pfieffer Ridge Racing, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Chevron B45 [45-78-03] (Bob Earl): 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.
  6. March 75B (Frank Scott): For 1976, Thomas and Theodore Sokoly acquired a March 75B from Doug Shierson Racing. The car was blue when they first acquired it, and they were told that it had been raced by a Canadian hire driver at Trois-Rivières, who had damaged the engine during practice. This would seem to be a reference to Marcel Talbot, as he was the only Canadian to drive for DSR at that race, and he failed to start the race. With Tom Sokoly (Mayville, WI) driving, and brother Ted as chief mechanic, they raced the March 75B in Formula Atlantic in 1976, including one IMSA round, two Players rounds, plus SCCA Nationals. Tom did not score any points in Central Division in 1976, but scored three points in 1977. For 1978, the car was sold to Frank Scott (Racine, WI), a local Assistant District Attorney. He scored only three points in CenDiv FB in 1978, and took part in the Labatts Championship Series race at Road America in July 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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.