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CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Long Beach, 7 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#38 Lane Sport Inc.
51 1h 14m 57.000s
82.471 mph
2 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1/78 [132] - Ford BDD Jennings
#33 Ralt American Racing
51 1h 15m 02.000s
3 Bill Brack March 78B [13?] - Ford BDD
#7 STP/Bill Brack Racing
51
4 Dave McMillan Ralt RT1/76 [36] - Ford BDD
#34 Ralt American Racing (see note 1)
51
5 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDD
#2 Jeff Wood Racing (see note 2)
51
6 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/78 [109] - Ford BDD
#35 Pierre Phillips Racing
51
7 Jon Norman March 79B - Ford BDD
#58 Marvin-Clegg Racing
51
8 Steve "Gas" Saleen March 77B - Ford BDD
#39 Clayton Bierke
50
9 Tony Rouff Ralt RT1/78 [129] - Ford BDD
#36 Pierre Phillips Racing
50
10 Rick Bell Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
#98 Rick Bell Racing
50
11 Terry Knight March 79B [78B-1] - Ford BDD
#88 Stimola Race Preparation
49
12 Tommy Grunnah March 79B - Ford BDD
#53 Relco Racing Enterprises
49
13 Steve Anderson March 78B - Ford BDD
#40 X-A Cabinets/White Head
49
14 Howdy Holmes March 79B - Ford BDD
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
49
15 Ralph Manaker March 79B [6] - Ford BDD
#23 Ralph Manaker Racing/Site Hill Farms
49
16 Cliff Hansen March 79B - Ford BDD
#27 Constitution Savings & Loan/Team Kiwi/Cliff Furnas
48
17 Dick Moody Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#78 Richard Moody Racing
48
18 Skeeter McKitterick Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDD Jennings
#12 AME Racing
47
19 Ken Duclos Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDD
#84 Trojan Tools/Ken Duclos Automotive
47
20 Dan Marvin March 79B - Ford BDD
#59 Marvin-Clegg Racing
47
21 John Bauer March 77B [28?] - Ford BDD
#73 John Bauer Racing
47
22 Marco Tolama Chevron B45 [45.78.02] - Ford BDD
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
47
23 Joe Sposato March 79B [13] - Ford BDD
#28 First American Title Co/Sposato Motor Racing
43
24 John Paul Jr Ralt RT1/79 [96] - Ford BDD
#18 John Paul Racing
40 Retired
25 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDD
#75 Keystone Auto Products
39 Retired
26 Mark McCaig Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#11 Rick Shea Racing (see note 4)
36 Retired
27 Ken Briggs March 79B - Ford BDD
#89 Briggs Tropicana Racing/Stimola Race Preparation
26 Retired
28 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD
#19 National Treaty Sservices
23 Transmission
29 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDD
#22 Chas Jourdan/Taurus Racing
19 Transmission
30 Rick Koehler March 79B [9] - Ford BDD
#51 Ecurie Excalibur
17 Retired
31 Tennyson Kwok March 77B [21?] - Ford BDD
#43 KWOK and Murray Promotions/Tennyson Kwok Racing
(see note 5)
10 Collision with Bauer
32 Mike Follett Ralt RT1/78 [128] - Ford BDD
#21 Follett Motorsport
7 Retired
33 Bob McGregor March 77B [6?] - Ford BDD
#52 - (see note 6)
7 Retired
34 David Loring Ralt RT1/78 [96] - Ford BDD
#81 John Paul Racing
3 Retired
35 John Mortensen March 79B - Ford BDD
#9 Stimola Race Preparation
2 Retired
36 Larry Bergman Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#87
0 Retired
DNS Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDD
#31 Bob Signom/Jerry Mong/Red Roos Inn's Racing
Did not start
DNS Dick Gamble March 75B/78B - Ford BDD
#66 Titmas Racing (see note 7)
Did not start
(Engine)
DNQ Giuseppe "Joe" Castellano March 77B - Ford BDD
Ecurie Excalibur (see note 8)
Did not qualify
T/S Jeff Wood March 79A - Ford BDD
#2T Jeff Wood Racing
(Spare - not used in practice)
T/S Howdy Holmes March 79A - Ford BDD
#8T Doug Shierson Racing
(Spare - not used in practice)
UNKE Jim Trueman Bobsy 79B - Ford BDD
Jerry Mong/Red Roof Inn's Racing
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [132] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.26.700
2 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.27.010
3 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.27.640
4 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD 1.27.910
5 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13?] - Ford BDD 1.28.280
6 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.28.320
7 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDD 1.28.380
8 Dave McMillan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 [36] - Ford BDD 1.28.400
9 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDD 1.28.550
10 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.28.680
11 Geoff Brabham (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [109] - Ford BDD 1.28.820
12 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.28.860
13 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.28.930
14 Ken Briggs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.29.060
15 Rick Koehler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [9] - Ford BDD 1.29.130
16 Tony Rouff (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [129] - Ford BDD 1.29.310
17 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDD 1.29.440
18 Chris Gleason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDD 1.29.560
19 David Loring (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [96] - Ford BDD 1.29.750
20 Ralph Manaker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [6] - Ford BDD 1.29.830
21 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [13] - Ford BDD 1.29.880
22 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.29.900
23 Chip Mead * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDD 1.29.930
24 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.30.310
25 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD 1.30.510
26 Larry Bergman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD 1.30.620
27 Mark McCaig (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD 1.30.740
28 Steve Anderson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDD 1.30.970
29 Mike Follett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [128] - Ford BDD 1.31.150
30 Tommy Grunnah (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.31.310
31 John Paul Jr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [96] - Ford BDD 1.32.020
32 Tennyson Kwok (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [21?] - Ford BDD 1.32.080
33 Dick Moody (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD 1.32.480
34 Terry Knight (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [78B-1] - Ford BDD 1.33.050
35 John Bauer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [28?] - Ford BDD 1.33.300
36 Bob McGregor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDD 1.33.790
37 Marco Tolama (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45.78.02] - Ford BDD 1.34.730
38 Dick Gamble * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B/78B - Ford BDD 1.34.740
39 Giuseppe "Joe" Castellano * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.37.100
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1/76 [36] (Dave McMillan): Consigned by Ralt to Ralt American in summer 1976. Run by Dave McMillan in New Zealand Gold Star series, late 1976. Chassis number observed on Dave McMillan's car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described there as ex Kevin Cogan, so one of the four RT1s [chassis 30; 33; 34; 36] shown in Ralt build records [reproduced Autosport 1977] sent to Brian Robertson for Formula Atlantic series in 1976. Since 30 is known to be the car of Bertil Roos, and 33 that of Craig Hill, we can assume that Cogan indeed used 36 [except at the last race of the year when he is known to use Hill's RT1-33], and 34 was that of Richard Spenard - a car originally intended for McMillan's use in North America, until his sponsorship fell through. Retained by McMillan until at least 1980, and used in both North America and New Zealand. McMillan says took his own car to Canada NZMA 29 Jul 77 p5. NZMA report of the race at Halifax says car used in NZ. Chassis number given for McMillan's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978 [NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4].
  2. 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.
  3. Chevron B45 [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 (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.
  4. 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.
  5. March 77B [21?] (Tennyson Kwok): Tennyson Kwok (Long Beach, CA) raced a March 77B at Long Beach in April 1979, and advised Chris Townsend that it was an ex-Holmes car that he bought the car from Wally Farrell who used it in SCCA Nationals with Cal Club in 1978. As 77B-22 is known to have gone to Dan Carmichael, Kwok's car is likely to have been 77B-21. Kwok then used it in a few SCCA events prior to Long Beach. It was sold to Bill Fickling (San Clemente, CA), who raced it at Long Beach in 1982, after three years in which it had barely been used. It was then sold to John Wink (Sacramento, CA) for 1983 but was wrecked at a SCCA National at Laguna Seca in 1984. The remains of the car were sold to Chuck Billington (Modesto, CA) who built them onto a CSR using a new monocoque. This is too late to be the Tracer TR2 that Billington raced in 1983, so may have been for a customer. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. March 77B [6?] (Bob McGregor): The history of this car in 1977 and 1978 is currently unresolved, but in 1979 it was raced by Bob McGregor (Burnaby, British Columbia) in Formula Atlantic. It then went to Mark Akerstream (Vancouver, BC) who used it in CASC regional events in 1980. It then went to Russ Thomson (Vancouver, BC) who used it for ICSCC races in 1981. A logbook still with the car shows that he used it with ICSCC as late as 1989. It then went to Bill Stevens (Portland, Oregon) in 1989, fitted a Mazda engine and raced it with ICSCC up to April 1995. Then to Martin Handshy (Connecticut) and restored to Formula Atlantic specification, and he raced it in SVRA vintage racing from February 1998 to October 2002. It was sold to the current owner in 2005.
  7. March 75B/78B (Dick Gamble): Ted Titmas (Van Nuys, CA) registered a Formula B March with the SCCA Cal Club Region in Southern California in June 1977. That SCCA log book gives the chassis number as '722-33', but it is unclear why the car had not already been logbooked by the SCCA before June 1977. However, Titmas had two very similar cars, one red and one orange, and it not yet clear which was the old 722. Titmas ran a March "78B" or "77B" for a number of hire drivers from 1977 onwards. In 1977, he is said to have run it for Dennis Firestone (Los Angeles, CA), but Firestone focused on Formula Ford that season, and it is not clear where he raced the March. In 1978, Titmas ran it for Ben Schilachi (Beverley Hills, CA), at which time it was blue and entered as #22. He retained it for 1979, when it was entered for Dick Gamble at the Long Beach race, and then Titmas sold it to Juan Carlos Bolaños. Bolaños advertised a March 73B in July 1979, which only deepens the mystery of this car. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. March 77B (Giuseppe "Joe" Castellano): 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.

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.