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CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Mexico City, 22 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Howdy Holmes March 79B - Ford BDD
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
32 0.55.11.278
108.719
2 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#38 Lane Sports
32 0.55.13.579
3 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1/79 [132?] - Ford BDD
#33 Ralt American
32
4 Dan Marvin March 79B - Ford BDD
#59 Marvin-Clegg Racing
32
5 Jeff Wood March 79B [17] - Ford BDD
#2 Jeff Wood Racing
32
6 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD
#19 NTS Racing
32
7 Cliff Hansen March 79B - Ford BDD
#27 Team Kiwi
32
8 Rick Koehler March 79B [9] - Ford BDD
#51 Ecurie Excalibur
32
9 John Mortensen March 79B - Ford BDD
#9 Stimola Race Preparation
32
10 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDD
#75 Keystone Auto Products
32
11 David Loring Ralt RT1/78 [96] - Ford BDD
#81 John Paul Racing
32
12 John Paul Jr Ralt RT1/79 [96] - Ford BDD
#18 John Paul Racing
31
13 Marco Tolama Chevron B45 [45.78.02] - Ford BDD
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
31
14 Mark McCaig Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#11 Rick Shea Racing (see note 2)
31
15 Gustavo Bolaños March 75B/78B - Ford BDD
#66 (see note 3)
30
16 Terry Knight March 79B [78B-1] - Ford BDD
#88 Stimola Race Preparation
29
R Bill Brack March 78B [13?] - Ford BDD
#7 STP
16
R Juan Carlos Bolaños March 78B - Ford BDD
#73 Titmas Racing
11
R Jon Norman March 79B - Ford BDD
#58 Marvin-Clegg Racing
10
R Larry Bergman Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#87
2

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

Qualifying
1 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [17] - 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 [9] - Ford BDD
4 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [142] - 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 [147] - 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 [96] - Ford BDD

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.