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CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Halifax, 1 Jul 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jeff Wood March 79B [17] - Ford BDD
#2 Jeff Wood Racing
62 1h 07m 09.690s
88.62 mph
2 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 78B [13] - Ford BDD
#7 Bill Brack Racing
62 1h 07m 57.125s
3 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [146] - Ford BDD
#19 NTS Racing (see note 1)
62
4 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1/79 [132?] - Ford BDD
#33 Ralt American (see note 2)
61
5 Rick Bell Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
#98 Rick Bell Racing (see note 3)
61
6 John David Briggs March 79B [19] - Ford BDD Pacific
#79 Briggs Racing
60
7 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#38 Lane Sports
60
8 Bruce Jensen Ralt RT1/78 [95] - Ford BDD
#41 Jensen Exotic Plants Special
(see note 4)
60
9 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#75 Keystone Auto Products (see note 5)
60
10 Don Breidenbach March 79B [20] - Ford BDD Pacific
#50 Tropicana Hotel
60
11 John Mortensen March 79B - Ford BDD
#9 Stimola Race Preparation
60
12 Ken Duclos Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDD
#84 Ken Duclos Automotive (see note 6)
60
13 Mark McCaig Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#11 Rick Shea Racing (see note 7)
58
14 Ralph Manaker March 79B [6] - Ford BDD
#23 RM Racing/Site Hill Farms
57
15 Larry Bergman Ralt RT1/77 [88] - Ford BDD
#87 Larry Bergman Racing (see note 8)
54 Not known
16 Howdy Holmes March 79B - Ford BDD
#8 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 9)
45 Oil seal
17 Cliff Hansen March 79B - Ford BDD
#27 Team Kiwi (see note 10)
29 Head gasket
18 Marco Tolama Chevron B45/B39 [45-78-02] - Ford BDD
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 11)
25 black flagged
19 Rick Koehler March 79B [9] - Ford BDD
#51 Ecurie Excalibur
14 Accident
DNS Alec Donachy March 78B - Ford BDD
#98 Rolex
Did not start
(Engine)

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

Qualifying
1 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.00.514
2 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.01.064
3 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.01.098
4 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [132?] - Ford BDD 1.01.421
5 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [17] - Ford BDD 1.01.900
6 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [146] - Ford BDD 1.02.067
7 Rick Koehler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [9] - Ford BDD 1.02.355
8 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13] - Ford BDD 1.03.227
9 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD 1.03.271
10 Don Breidenbach (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [20] - Ford BDD Pacific 1.03.404
11 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDD 1.03.474
12 Chris Gleason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD 1.03.656
13 John David Briggs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [19] - Ford BDD Pacific 1.04.082
14 Larry Bergman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [88] - Ford BDD 1.05.004
15 Ralph Manaker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [6] - Ford BDD 1.05.491
16 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [95] - Ford BDD 1.06.073
17 Marco Tolama (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45/B39 [45-78-02] - Ford BDD 1.06.511
18 Mark McCaig (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD 1.06.537
19 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.06.546

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1/78 [146] (Bob Earl): A white Ralt RT1/78 invoiced to Ralt importer Brian Robertson in early December 1978. To Bob Earl (Novato, CA) ad raced at a SCCA National at Riverside in February 1979, where it was described as new. However, when Earl raced it at Long Beach in April, it was called "ex-Cogan". Raced by Earl in the 1979 North American series, sponsored by National Treaty Services and entered by NTS Racing. Raced by Earl at Macau in November 1979. Retained for the 1980 North American series, when it was entered by Earl Motor Racing, and again raced at Macau as part of the Flying Tigers Racing Team. Towards the end of 1980, it was again described as a ex-Cogan. Sold to Andy Mahood (Vancouver, BC) and raced in ICSCC and SCCA events in 1981 and 1982. Sold to Martin Pang (Seattle, WA) and raced in WCAR events in 1984, 1985 and 1986. CT
  2. Ralt RT1/79 [132?] (Kevin Cogan): A white Ralt RT1/78 invoiced to Ralt importer Brian Robertson for his Ralt American Racing team in mid-May 1978. It is likely to have been used by Kevin Cogan in 1978, but photographs found of Cogan's cars so far show an older car with bolted rollhoop supports. This was probably Cogan's car in 1979, but he had a spare car that season, so we cannot be sure when he used each car. In 1979 he took pole position at Long Beach, and won from pole at Westwood and Québec City. He won again at Mosport Park, but in his spare car after damaging his principal car in practice. Cogan retained chassis 132 as a spare for Long Beach in 1980, then sold it to Kent Combs (Laguna Beach, CA) who raced it in 1981 and 1982. It was then sold to Tom Ballentyne (Westlake Village, CA) and converted to C Sport Racing specification using a Cicale body. Ballentyne raced it in the SCCA CSR Runoffs in 1983 and 1984. It was later raced by Frank Monise until it was retired in 1993. It was restored to original specification by Frank's son, Howard Monise, between 2002 and 2006, and sold to David S. Morrison (Long Beach, CA) in 2007.
  3. Ralt RT1/78 [127] (Rick Bell): New to Rick Bell (Lakeville, CT) and used in the 1978 Labatts Formula Atlantic championship. Retained for 1979, again in the North American Pro series. Retained for a third season in 1980, and again raced regularly in the North American Pro series. In 1981, he sold the car, and believes it went through three other drivers until it was bought by a friend of Bell's. Bell has been racing the car in historic racing, mainly at Lime Rock, since then.
  4. Ralt RT1/78 [95] (Bruce Jensen): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and raced in the North American Pro Formula Atlantic series in 1978. Retained for 1979, when he again raced it in the Pro series. To John R Fowler (Charleston, WV) for 1980, and used in SCCA Nationals and at least one Pro race. Retained by Fowler for 1981. Then sold to Mike Pinney (Mansfield, OH) for the 1982 and 1983 seasons. CT
  5. Ralt RT1/78 (Chris Gleason): Chris Gleason (Johnstown, PA) raced a white #75 Ralt RT1 in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship in 1978 from early July onwards, with sponsorship from Whalley BMW Sales. Gleason and Bertil Roos had been running together with a pair of March 77Bs earlier in the season, and both moved to Ralts at about the same time. Gleason retained the Ralt for 1979, when he was backed by Keystone Auto Products. This car looks like a new 1978 model, so could be chassis 135, a white Ralt invoiced to Robertson in late June. Retained by Gleason for 1979 when he ran at most rounds up to Road America in July, when he retired with engine failure. He entered for the next three races but does not appear in the results for any of them. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Ralt RT1/78 [119] (Ken Duclos): New to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) and used in SCCA Nationals and three Pro races in 1978. Duclos finished second in Northeast Division, breaking a run of six successive titles. He finished second at the SCCA Runoffs. Retained by Duclos for 1979, when he raced in the Pro series. He continued to race the car, but only in local events, and advertised it in August 1981. CT
  7. Chevron B45 [45-78-03] (Mark McCaig): 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. Ralt RT1/77 [88] (Larry Bergman): New to Brian Robertson's Ralt America as a late-season car for the CASC Formula Atlantic series, probably intended for Eddie Cheever to drive at Trois Rivieres, but he did not appear. To Larry Bergman (Los Gatos, CA) for SCCA Formula B in California. Bergman retained the car for 1979, winning the Northern Pacific Division Formula Atlantic title but also competing in most rounds of the North American Formula Atlantic series. Then to Steve Millen in New Zealand, and raced in the Aurora AFX New Zealand Formula Pacific series in January 1980, then in the 1980/81 season. To Eric Morgan for the 1981/82, 1982/83 and 1983/84 seasons. CT
  9. March 79B (Howdy Holmes): New to Howdy Holmes (Ann Arbor, MI) and raced in the CASC North American Formula Atlantic series in 1979, entered and prepared by Doug Shierson Racing and sponsored by Jiffy Mixes. Unknown after 1979.
  10. March 79B (Cliff Hansen): New to Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, CA) and raced in the CASC North American Formula Atlantic series in 1979. Unknown after 1979.
  11. Chevron B45/B39 [45-78-02] (Marco Tolama): 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 (SCCA New York Region) and used in NEDiv Formula Atlantic in 1981, scoring seven points that season. It was then sold to AJ "Buddy" Pugliese (New Rochelle, NY) in 1982, and used in Race Car Club of America (RCCA) races, the club formed by Pugliese in 1979 to promote the Club Ford format. In 1983, Pugliese started a new RCCA class called Formula American, for pre-ground-effect Formula Atlantic cars with their Cosworth engines limited to 9200 rpm but also allowing the use of the Chevrolet 60° V6 engine limited to 6500 rpm. The B45 was fitted with the V6 engine and Pugliese raced it through much of the 1980s. In the early 1990s, he loaned the car to Walter Nelson who crashed it and then took it to a fabricator at Dutchess County Airport for repairs, where it sat for some time after the fabricator's business closed. In February 2014, Pugliese sold the whole project to Ric Baribeault, who first had to locate the missing tub and then took it all to Bob Cavanaugh for restoration. The restoration progressed slowly and was stil incomplete in 2020 when Baribeault sold it to Cordell Secrest (Houston, TX). Secrest moved the project to the Danbury, CT, workshop of Mike Agnifilo (North Salem, NY), and it remained with him until he eventually acquired it partly in payment of storage fees. Agnifilo plans to rebuild the car to original specification.

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.