CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Lime Rock, 5 Jul 1980

1 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 80A [5] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#6 Shierson Racing
66 55m 34.107s
100.145 mph
2 Jeff Wood Ralt RT4/80 [162] - Ford BDD
#2 Landmark - Agapiou Racing
66 56m 00.370s
3 John Mortensen March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#89 Shierson Racing
4 Rick Bell Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
#78 (see note 1)
5 Charles Cass March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
6 Joe Sposato March 79B [13] - Ford BDD
#28 Fat Cola
7 Roger 'Kip' Penske Jr Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD Jennings
#10 Lane Sports (see note 2)
8 Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#11 Lane Sports
9 Steve "Gas" Saleen Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
#69 Saleen Racing
10 Bob Hoff Ralt RT1/77 [79] - Ford BDD Jennings
#68 Saleen Racing (see note 3)
11 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#56 Connolly Racing
12 Peter Greenfield March 79B [3] - Ford BDD
13 Tommy Grunnah March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
#53 Relco
56 Fuel pump
14 Price Cobb March 80A [20] - Ford BDD
#22 Jon Norman Racing
15 Whitney Ganz Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#39 (see note 4)
39 Accident
16 Ralph Manaker March 80A [4] - Ford BDD
37 Suspension
17 Charles Crotts March 77B [5] - Ford BDD
#24 (see note 5)
20 Accident
18 Bruce MacInnes Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#57 Connolly Racing
13 Gearbox
DNSC Tom Stewart March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#3 Pierre Phillips
Did not start (crashed)

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

1 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [162] - Ford BDD 0.48.673
2 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [5] - Ford BDD Race Shop
3 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
4 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [20] - Ford BDD

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Ralt RT1 (Roger 'Kip' Penske Jr): Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA) acquired a Ralt RT1 of unknown vintage as a spare to his newer RT1/79 for the 1979 season, when he was run by Lane Sports. Retained by Lane Sports for 1980 when it was driven by Gloy and by Kip Penske. CT
  3. Ralt RT1/77 [79] (Bob Hoff): New to Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec), first appearing at Trois-Rivières in September 1977. Raced by Léger mainly in the Canadian rounds of the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship in 1978. Then used as a rental car by Léger for Marc Dancose to race at Quebec in June 1979 and Monique Proulx at Montréal in September. Sold to Bob Hoff (Long Beach, CA) for 1980, when it was run for him in the North American Formula Atlantic series by Gas Saleen Racing. CT
  4. Ralt RT1 (Whitney Ganz): Whitney Ganz raced a Ralt RT1 in 1980, but its identity has not been determined. It could be a 1978 or 1979 car. Nothing more known.
  5. March 77B [5] (Charles Crotts): New to Joe Sposato and used in SCCA Nationals in 1977. Retained for Pro Formula Atlantic for first half of 1978, then sold to Charles Crotts (High Point, NC) for remainder of 1978. Believed to be the car retained by Crotts and run in SCCA events up to 1985.


Note that 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' published 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.