CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race
Mexico City, 22 Apr 1979
|1||Howdy Holmes||March 79B - Ford BDD
#8 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 1)
|2||Tom Gloy||Ralt RT1/79  - Ford BDD Jennings
#38 Lane Sports
|3||Kevin Cogan||Ralt RT1/79 [132?] - Ford BDD
#33 Ralt American
|4||Dan Marvin||March 79B - Ford BDD
#59 Marvin-Clegg Racing (see note 2)
|5||Jeff Wood||March 79B  - Ford BDD
#2 Jeff Wood Racing
|6||Bob Earl||Ralt RT1/78  - Ford BDD
#19 NTS Racing
|7||Cliff Hansen||March 79B - Ford BDD
#27 Team Kiwi (see note 3)
|8||Rick Koehler||March 79B  - Ford BDD
#51 Ecurie Excalibur
|9||John Mortensen||March 79B - Ford BDD
#9 Stimola Race Preparation
|10||Chris Gleason||Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#75 Keystone Auto Products
|11||David Loring||Ralt RT1/78  - Ford BDD
#81 John Paul Racing
|12||John Paul Jr||Ralt RT1/79  - Ford BDD
#18 John Paul Racing
|13||Marco Tolama||Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDD
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 4)
|14||Mark McCaig||Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#11 Rick Shea Racing (see note 5)
|15||Gustavo Bolaños||March 75B/78B - Ford BDD
#66 (see note 6)
|16||Terry Knight||March 79B [78B-1] - Ford BDD
#88 Stimola Race Preparation
|R||Bill Brack||March 78B [13?] - Ford BDD
|R||Juan Carlos Bolaños||March 78B - Ford BDD
#73 Titmas Racing
|R||Jon Norman||March 79B - Ford BDD
#58 Marvin-Clegg Racing
|R||Larry Bergman||Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDD
#87 (see note 7)
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Jeff Wood||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B  - Ford BDD||1.40.325|
|2||Howdy Holmes||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD||1.41.329|
|3||Rick Koehler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B  - Ford BDD|
|4||Bob Earl||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78  - Ford BDD|
|5||Kevin Cogan||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [132?] - Ford BDD|
|6||Tom Gloy||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79  - Ford BDD Jennings|
|7||Dan Marvin||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD|
|8||Jon Norman||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD|
|13||David Loring||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78  - Ford BDD|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- March 79B (Dan Marvin): New to Dan Marvin (El Sobrante, CA) and raced in the CASC North American Formula Atlantic series in 1979, entered and prepared by Marvin-Clegg Racing. Also raced by Price Cobb at Trois-Rivières. To Tom Phillips for 1980. Advertised in February 1981.
- 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.
- 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 (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.
- 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.
- March 75B/78B (Gustavo Bolaños): 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.
- Ralt RT1/77  (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
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.
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