CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Sears Point, 25 May 1980

1 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD Jennings
#1 Lane Sports (see note 1)
40 1h 01m 56.9s
97.75 mph
2 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#6 Shierson Racing
40 1h 02m 03.7s
3 Steve "Gas" Saleen Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
4 Jeff Wood March 80A [14] - Ford BDD Willis
5 John Mortensen March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#89 Shierson Racing (see note 2)
6 Tom Stewart March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#3 Pierre Phillips
7 Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#11 Lane Sports
8 Bob Hoff Ralt RT1/77 [79] - Ford BDD
#68 (see note 3)
9 Robert Silvestro Ralt RT1/78 [129] - Ford BDD
#99 BTG Investments (see note 4)
10 Steve Jizmagian Ralt RT1/79 [167] - Ford BDD
11 Charles Cass March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
12 Ed Donnelly Ralt RT1/76 - Ford BDD
#32 (see note 5)
31 Engine
13 Warren "Bud" Pauge Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDD
#92 (see note 6)
28 Mechanical
14 Ralph Manaker March 80A [4] - Ford BDD
24 Accident
15 Dan Marvin March 80A [21] - Ford BDD
#7 Jon Norman Racing
20 Flywheel
16 Tommy Grunnah March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
#53 Relco Racing
19 Engine
17 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [146] - Ford BDD Jennings
#19 (see note 7)
13 Overheating
18 Paul Grundrich Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#15 BTG Investments
12 Engine
19 Price Cobb March 80A [20] - Ford BDD
#22 Jon Norman Racing
11 Throttle
20 Ken Dunn Ralt RT1/78 [109] - Ford BDD
10 Suspension
21 Whitney Ganz Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#39 (see note 8)
9 Engine
22 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
9 Suspension
DNSC Dave McMillan Ralt RT1/76 [36] - Ford BDD Hart
#41 (see note 9)
Did not start (crashed)

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

1 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD Jennings 1.30.69
3 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [21] - Ford BDD
4 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
5 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
6 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
7 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [14] - Ford BDD Willis
8 Rogelio Rodriguez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
11 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [20] - 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 RT1/77 [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 RT1/78 [129] (Robert Silvestro): A blue and white Ralt RT1/78 invoiced to Ralt importer Brian Robertson for Pierre Phillips' Pierre's Motor Racing in mid-May 1978. It is believed to have been used as a spare car for Phillips' drivers Bobby Rahal and Chip Mead, but exactly how it was used in 1978 remains uncertain. At some point during 1979 it was sold to BTG Racing, but BTG had three cars (one being the very similar RT1/78-111 and the third being an older bolted-hoop car), and exactly how they were used in late 1979 and in 1980 remains uncertain. Chassis 129 is believed to have been the car raced by Robert Silvestro once in late-1979 and twice in early 1980. All three of BTG's car went to Tim Fortner during 1980, but chassis 111 quickly moved on, leaving Fortner Lucini Motorsports with 129 and the older bolted-hoop car in 1981. Chassis 129 is believed to have been raced by Bob Earl at Long Beach and by Riley Hopkins later in the season. [CT]
  5. Ralt RT1/76 (Ed Donnelly): Ed Donnelly (Long Beach, CA) scored six points in Southern Pacific Division Formula Atlantic in 1979 in a Ralt. This was presumably the Ralt RT1 he raced in the North American Formula Atlantic series in 1980. He finished seventh in Southern Pacific Division that season, with 17 points, then finished second in the Division in 1981, qualifying for the Runoffs. He raced it again in 1982, when he ran at Long Beach, and it was still being raced by Donnelly in 1985. [CT]
  6. 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 is 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.
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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]


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.