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CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Long Beach, 29 Mar 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1/76 [34] - Ford BDD Jennings
#1 Lane Sports (see note 1)
50 1h 15m 30.18s
81.867 mph
2 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#33 Ralt American/Theodore Racing
50 1h 15m 37.39s
3 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD Jennings
#19 Earl Motor Racing
50
4 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 80A [5] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#6 Douglas Shierson Racing
50
5 Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#11 Lane Sports
50
6 Bruce MacInnes Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#57 John Connolly Racing
49
7 Steve "Gas" Saleen Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
#69 Gas Saleen Racing
49
8 Takao Wada March 79B [78B-15] - Ford BDD
#7 Bill Brack Racing
49
9 Paul Grundrich Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#15 BTG Investment
49
10 Robert Silvestro Ralt RT1/78 [129] - Ford BDD
#99 BTG Investment
48
11 Rick Koehler March 80A [17] - Ford BDD
#51 Ecurie Excalibur
47
12 Bob McGregor March 78B [13] - Ford BDD
#71
47
13 Wally Farrell March 79B - Ford BDD
#96 Blumenthal, Farrell & Kennedy
47
14 Whitney Ganz Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#39 Clayton Racing
47
15 Warren "Bud" Pauge Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDD
#92 (see note 2)
46
16 John Connolly Ralt RT1/76 [10] - Ford BDD
#56 John Connolly Racing (see note 3)
46
17 Steve Jizmagian Ralt RT1/79 [167] - Ford BDD
#74 Steve Jizmagian Racing
43
18 Charles Cass March 80A [8] - Ford BDD
#8 Douglas Shierson Racing
40 Overheating
19 Bob Schader March 80A [11] - Ford BDD
#16
37 Puncture
20 Jeff Wood March 80A [14] - Ford BDD Willis
#2 Jeff Wood Racing
35 Gear linkage
21 Mike Buckenham Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDD
#34
34 Retired
22 John Mortensen March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#9 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 4)
23 Wheel
23 Juan Carlos Bolaños March 79B - Ford BDD
#79 B.M.B. Racing
23 Headgasket
24 Dan Marvin March 80A [21] - Ford BDD Hasselgren
#70 Marvin Clegg Racing
15 Collision with spinning back marker
25 Fred Whitehead March 78B - Ford BDD
#81
15 Broken wheel
26 Tom Stewart March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#3 Pierre Phillips Racing
15 Brakes
27 Ed Donnelly Ralt RT1/76 [33] - Ford BDD
#32 Concrete Concepts Building Co Inc
(see note 5)
13 Engine
28 Carlos Bobeda Ralt RT1/76 [11] - Ford BDD
#57 (see note 6)
13 CV joint
29 Price Cobb March 80A [20] - Ford BDD
#22 Jon Norman Racing
12 Rear suspension
30 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT4/80 [178] - Ford BDD
#43 Psachie Racing
11 Overheating/handling
31 Dave McMillan Ralt RT1/76 [36] - Ford BDD Hart
#47 David McMillan Racing (see note 7)
11 Collision with Cobb
32 Ken Dunn Ralt RT1/78 [109] - Ford BDD
#27 (see note 8)
8 Engine
33 Tommy Grunnah March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
#53 Relco Racing
5 Suspension
34 Garth Pollard March 78B [17] - Ford BDD
#20 NSF Racing
2 Accident
35 Danny Sullivan March 80A [24] - Ford BDD
#4 Fred Opert Racing
0 Collision with Villeneuve
36 Joe Sposato March 79B [13] - Ford BDD
#28 Sposato Motor Racing
0 Accident
37 Ralph Manaker March 80A [4] - Ford BDD
#23 RM Racing
0 Accident
38 Terry Knight Ralt RT4/80 [180] - Ford BDD
#88 Terry Knight Racing
0 Engine
39 Peter Kuhn March 79B - Ford BDD
#40 Hot laps/Titmas Racing

DNS Carl Liebich Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDD
#54 Liebrau Racing (see note 9)
Did not start
DNS Peter Greenfield March 79B [3] - Ford BDD
#17
Did not start
DNS Skeeter McKitterick Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDD Jennings
#12 AME Racing
Did not start
DNQ Colin Tuckey Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#26 (see note 10)
Did not qualify
DNQ J O 'Jocko' Cunningham March 80A [22] - Ford BDD
#55 Performance Racing
Did not qualify
T Jeff Wood March 79B [17] - Ford BDD
#2 Great Plains [Jeff Wood Racing]
(Only used in practice)
DNA Jean-Pierre Alamy Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Ford BDD
#13 J-P Alamy Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Doug Titus March 79B - Ford BDD
#14
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Follett Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#21 Follett's Mountain Sports
Did not arrive
DNA Len Campbell March - Ford BDD
#24
Did not arrive
DNA James King March 79B [16] - Ford BDD
#25 Raggedy Ann Racing (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Ken Briggs March 79B - Ford BDD
#30 Briggs Racing
Did not arrive
DNA John David Briggs March 79B [19] - Ford BDD
#31 Briggs Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Frank Bramante March 79B [78B-4] - Ford BDD
#44
Did not arrive
DNA Giuseppe "Joe" Castellano Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#66
Did not arrive
DNA Robert J. Nelkin March 80A - Ford BDD
#67 Nelkin Racing Organisation
Did not arrive
DNA Bob Hoff Ralt RT1/77 [79] - Ford BDD
#68 Gas Saleen Racing (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Rick Bell Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#78 Bell Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Patrick Garmyn unknown
#86
Did not arrive
DNA Mark C. Engler unknown
#91
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 [34] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.27.331
2 Geoff Brabham (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [178] - Ford BDD 1.27.613
3 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [21] - Ford BDD Hasselgren 1.27.977
4 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [20] - Ford BDD 1.28.037
5 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [14] - Ford BDD Willis 1.28.056
6 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD 1.28.159
7 Dave McMillan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 [36] - Ford BDD Hart 1.28.235
8 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop 1.28.686
9 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.28.737
10 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [5] - Ford BDD Race Shop 1.29.206
11 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
17 Rogelio Rodriguez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
18 Takao Wada (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [78B-15] - Ford BDD
20 Bruce MacInnes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
22 Rick Koehler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [17] - Ford BDD
24 Whitney Ganz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
25 Paul Grundrich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
28 Robert Silvestro (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [129] - Ford BDD
33 Bob McGregor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13] - Ford BDD
36 Warren "Bud" Pauge (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDD
38 Wally Farrell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1/76 [34] (Tom Gloy): New to Brian Robertson's Quick-Trans/Gabriel International Warranty team in the middle of the 1976 season, replacing the team's Lola T460s, and run for Richard Spenard in the 1976 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in yellow Planter's Peanuts livery. Both the Robertson team cares were offered for sale by Fred Opert in early 1977 so this must be the yellow RT1 that was bought from Opert by Dave Webber (Mississauga, Ontario) and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship in 1977. Badly damaged in a practice accident at St-Félicien in August and Webber spent much of 1978 rebuilding it. Webber advertised the car in February 1979 with a Can-Am body. This is then very probably the car acquired by Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA) 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. CT
  2. Brabham BT38 [‘33’] (Warren "Bud" Pauge): A "new chassis" replacing the ASCA team's Brabham BT38 wrecked by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Rouen. It was raced by teammate Adam Potocki at Imola, where Potocki failed to qualify, and was then Jaussaud's car for the rest of the season. ASCA entered Jaussaud in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, but he was involved in the startline accident at the second Interlagos race, and the Brabham was badly damaged. According to Chris Townsend's research, this car was acquired by Fred Opert Racing and raced by Héctor Rebaque in the Caracas Formula B race in March 1973, then by Brian Robertson in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1973. It's not clear what else Opert used it for in 1973, but in January 1974, he sold it to John Bernadine (Tulsa, OK) for SCCA Formula B. Then to Warren Pauge (Hacienda Heights, CA) in August 1975, replacing his well-used Brabham BT21. Pauge retained the BT38 for many years, even running it as a Can-Am car once in 1982. After he finally stopped racing it in 1988, he sold it to Marc Bahner, then it went to George Steven in 1992, Tom Stapleton about 2008, and Paul Skilowitz (Stuart, FL) in 2016.
  3. Ralt RT1/76 [10] (John Connolly): New to Team Gunston for Roy Klomfass at the end of 1975 and used through the 1976 South African Formula Atlantic season in South Africa, during which time it was extensively modified. In early 1977 it was sold "to a guy in Los Angeles". This must have been Kevin Cogan (Torrance, CA, in southwestern Los Angeles County), who raced his newer RT1/76-33 in 1977 but kept chassis 10 as a spare car for the first part of 1977. It was borrowed by Pierre Phillips at Mosport Park in May for Juan Cochesa to race after the Venezuelan crashed his intended car in practice. Then very probably the car acquired from Brian Robertson by John Connolly (Brooklyn, NY) and raced by him at Trois-Rivières in September. The car is thought to have remained with Connolly until advertised by him in early 1982, but he also had a newer RT1/78 and a Ralt RT4. CT
  4. March 80A [9] (John Mortensen): Run in 1980 by Doug Shierson Racing for John Mortensen in North American series then to Howard Cherry for 1981 and 1982 (prepared and run by Dennis Eades of Competition Preparation). Sold to an Italian-American 1982 and disassembled; to John Barrett 1990 and rebuilt with the help of Ed Midgley but not raced; to Jim Ozane 1999 (used in vintage racing); to Christian Forrer 2005 (US vintage racing); to Kim Jones (Australia) 2008.
  5. Ralt RT1/76 [33] (Ed Donnelly): New to Brian Robertson's Quick-Trans/Gabriel International Warranty team in the middle of the 1976 season, replacing the team's Lola T460s, and run for Craig Hill at Mosport Park in August 1976, a round of the 1976 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series. Then used by Kevin Cogan in the IMSA race at Laguna Seca in late 1976 and retained as his main car in 1977 when he also had RT1/75-010 as a spare car. Then retained by Cogan as an unused spare car in 1978, and advertised by him in October 1978. Retained again as a spare car in 1979, and still owned by Cogan in early 1980. To Ed Donnelly (Long Beach, CA) and raced by him in the North American Formula Atlantic series in 1980. Still being raced by Donnelly in 1985. CT
  6. Ralt RT1/76 [11] (Carlos Bobeda): New to Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) and raced by him in the 1976 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, run for him by Cavanaugh Racing in dark blue livery. Retained by Mead for 1977, when it was run for him by Pierre's Motors. It was then sold to Rick Shea Racing but unused as Shea ran a newer Chevron B45 for hire drivers. Retained by Rick Shea Racing for 1979 when it was used by Mark McCaig at Long Beach, although his regular car that season was the same Chevron B45. To Carlos Bobeda late 1979 and raced by him in 1980 and 1981. It was rebuilt on Marc Bahner tub during this time. Sold to Stu Hayner for 1982. CT
  7. Ralt RT1/76 [36] (Dave McMillan): To Cavanaugh Racing and run for Kevin Cogan in two late-season 1976 Canadian Formula Atlantic races. Sold to David McMillan and raced in the 1976/77 New Zealand Gold Star season, and in the January 1977 New Zealand International Formula Pacific series. Taken back to Canada for McMillan to race in two Canadian series races in 1977, then back to New Zealand for the 1977/78 Gold Star series and the January 1978 International series. Retained by McMillan for the 1978/79 and 1979/80 seasons, while also used in a handful of North American races in 1979 and 1980. Rebuilt as a Formula Super Vee for McMillan in 1980. McMillan moved to Ray Lipper’s Centreline Wheels team in 1981 and the old RT1 was raced by Lipper that season. CT
  8. Ralt RT1/78 [109] (Ken Dunn): New to Pierre Phillips for Bobby Rahal to race in North American Formula Atlantic in 1978, supported by James Morgan. Sold to Ken Dunn in June 1979 and retained by him for the 1980 and 1981 seasons. CT
  9. Lola T560 [T460 HU18] (Carl Liebich): New to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI/Two Rivers, WI) for Canadian and IMSA Formula Atlantic races late in the 1976 season. Liebich was said to have a new T560 for 1977, but it appears it was his nearly-new T460 updated. Retained for 1978, 1979, and the start of 1980. Chris Townsend's research shows this car was sold to Chuck Dietrich in 1980 and used by him in SCCA Central Division Formula Atlantic until 1982. It was then retained unraced by Dietrich until sold to Lowell Blossom in 1995. Sold by Blossom to Dave Jordano (Indianapolis, IN) in 2005.
  10. Chevron B45 [45-78-03] (Colin Tuckey): 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.
  11. March 79B [16] (James King): New to James King and first raced in June 1979. Raced primarily in SCCA Nationals but also used in the CASC Pro races at Road America and Montréal that year, at Long Beach and Road America in 1980, and at Road America again in 1981. Sold to Dennis Eade at Comprep after the 1982 season, but Eade was only interested in the engine and the car remained stored at Comprep for some time. Bought by Barry Rosenblum from Eade at some point and used in historic racing.
  12. 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

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.