CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Montréal, 27 Sep 1980

1 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#6 Shierson Racing
37 1h 03m 15.460s
98.13 mph
2 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD Jennings
#38 Lane Sports (see note 1)
37 1h 03m 41.850s
3 Danny Sullivan Ralt RT4/80 [200] - Ford BDD
#43 Ralt American
37 1h 04m 18.61s
4 Steve "Gas" Saleen Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
#69 Gas Saleen Racing
37 1h 04m 21.75s
5 Jeff Wood Ralt RT4/80 [162] - Ford BDD
37 1h 04m 27.76s
6 Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#11 Lane Sports
37 1h 04m 29.20s
7 John Mortensen March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#89 Shierson Racing (see note 2)
37 1h 04m 30.52s
8 Jon Milledge Ralt RT1/79 [164] - Ford BDD Jennings
37 1h 04m 41.75s
9 Dan Marvin Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
37 1h 04m 54.13s
10 Rick Bell Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
#78 (see note 3)
11 Ed Midgley March 78B [19] - Ford BDD
#40 (see note 4)
12 Tommy Grunnah March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
#53 Relco
13 Charles Cass March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
14 Jean-Pierre Alamy Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Ford BDD
#3 Pepsi Fusecar
15 Bertil Roos Chevron B27 - Ford BDD
#83 (see note 5)
16 Charles Crotts March 77B [5] - Ford BDD
#24 (see note 6)
17 John R. Fowler Ralt RT1/78 [95] - Ford BDD
#98 (see note 7)
18 Colin Tuckey Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#26 (see note 8)
19 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [146] - Ford BDD
#19 (see note 9)
20 Mauro Lanaro LM Special [March 71BM-2] - Ford BDD
#45 (see note 10)

21 Kent Combs Ralt RT1/78 [132] - Ford BDD
#64 (see note 11)

22 Joe Sposato March 79B [13] - Ford BDD

23 Price Cobb March 80A [21] - Ford BDD
#22 Jon Norman Racing

24 Whitney Ganz Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#39 (see note 12)

25 Robert J. Nelkin March 80A - Ford BDD

26 Michael Provost March 78B [17] - Ford BDD
27 Bob McGregor March 78B [13] - Ford BDD

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

1 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD Jennings
2 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
3 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [21] - Ford BDD
4 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [162] - Ford BDD
5 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [200] - Ford BDD
6 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [146] - Ford BDD
7 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
8 Whitney Ganz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
9 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
10 Rogelio Rodriguez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
11 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A - Ford BDD
12 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 - Ford BDD
13 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [13] - Ford BDD
14 Charles Cass (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
15 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
16 Ed Midgley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [19] - Ford BDD
17 Jon Milledge (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [164] - Ford BDD Jennings
18 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
19 Bob McGregor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13] - Ford BDD
20 Jean-Pierre Alamy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Ford BDD

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1 (Tom Gloy): 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. March 78B [19] (Ed Midgley): Sold new to Jerry Hansen and used in SCCA Nationals, winning the 1978 Run-Offs. Sold to Ed Midgley for 1979 and used again only in Nationals. Updated to 79B specification for 1980 and raced by Midgley in the Pro championship until wrecked at Trois Rivieres. Midgley completed the season in a borrowed 78B. The damaged car sold to Carl Berggren and rebuilt. Later with Bruce Cambern.
  5. Chevron B27 (Bertil Roos): Having raced a Chevron B27 with a 1.6-litre Cosworth BDD and fenders in Can-Am in 1979, Bertil Roos (Blakeslee, PA) acquired another Chevron B27 for 1980, and fitted a full sports car body and a 2-litre Hart 420R engine. He raced this six times in Can-Am in 1980, finishing in the top 10 every time. According to Doug Waters, this 1980 car was sold to someone in Pennsylvania for regional racing. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. 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.
  7. Ralt RT1/78 [95] (John R. Fowler): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and raced in the North American Pro Formula Atlantic series in 1978. Retained for 1979, when he again raced it in the Pro series. To John R Fowler (Charleston, WV) for 1980, and used in SCCA Nationals and at least one Pro race. Retained by Fowler for 1981. Then sold to Mike Pinney (Mansfield, OH) for the 1982 and 1983 seasons. CT
  8. 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.
  9. Ralt RT1/78 [146] (Bob Earl): A white Ralt RT1/78 invoiced to Ralt importer Brian Robertson in early December 1978. To Bob Earl (Novato, CA) ad raced at a SCCA National at Riverside in February 1979, where it was described as new. However, when Earl raced it at Long Beach in April, it was called "ex-Cogan". Raced by Earl in the 1979 North American series, sponsored by National Treaty Services and entered by NTS Racing. Raced by Earl at Macau in November 1979. Retained for the 1980 North American series, when it was entered by Earl Motor Racing, and again raced at Macau as part of the Flying Tigers Racing Team. Towards the end of 1980, it was again described as a ex-Cogan. Sold to Andy Mahood (Vancouver, BC) and raced in ICSCC and SCCA events in 1981 and 1982. Sold to Martin Pang (Seattle, WA) and raced in WCAR events in 1984, 1985 and 1986. CT
  10. LM Special [March 71BM-2] (Mauro Lanaro): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro Formula B series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian, and it is very likely to have been the car driven by Ken Huband, Norm Joy and David Westgate in 1973 and 1974. Sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) to replace the 71BM he lost in a transporter fire in 1974. Significantly modified in 1976 as the Lanaro Special with triangular sidepods, a different nose, and with its Cosworth BDA engine laid on its side. This car went through many evolutions, and was still being raced by Lanaro right up to 1995 when it was used in a vintage event. Lanaro eventually rebuilt to original 71BM specification about 1999. In late 2018, it was part of a package of cars bought from Lanaro by David Clubine (Brantford, ON), and was sold to a collector in Ontario.
  11. Ralt RT1/78 [132] (Kent Combs): A white Ralt RT1/78 invoiced to Ralt importer Brian Robertson for his Ralt American Racing team in mid-May 1978. It is likely to have been used by Kevin Cogan in 1978, but photographs found of Cogan's cars so far show an older car with bolted rollhoop supports. This was probably Cogan's car in 1979, but he had a spare car that season, so we cannot be sure when he used each car. In 1979 he took pole position at Long Beach, and won from pole at Westwood and Québec City. He won again at Mosport Park, but in his spare car after damaging his principal car in practice. Cogan retained chassis 132 as a spare for Long Beach in 1980, then sold it to Kent Combs (Laguna Beach, CA) who raced it in 1981 and 1982. It was then sold to Tom Ballentyne (Westlake Village, CA) and converted to C Sport Racing specification using a Cicale body. Ballentyne raced it in the SCCA CSR Runoffs in 1983 and 1984. It was later raced by Frank Monise until it was retired in 1993. It was restored to original specification by Frank's son, Howard Monise, between 2002 and 2006, and sold to David S. Morrison (Long Beach, CA) in 2007.
  12. 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.


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.