CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Westwood, 1 Jun 1980

1 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 80A [5] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#6 Shierson Racing
2 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD Jennings
#1 Lane Sports (see note 1)
3 Steve "Gas" Saleen Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
#69 Gas Saleen Racing
4 Dan Marvin March 80A [21] - Ford BDD
#70 Norman Racing
5 Jeff Wood March 80A [14] - Ford BDD Willis
#2 Wood Racing
6 Price Cobb March 80A [20] - Ford BDD
#22 Norman Racing
7 John Mortensen March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#9 Shierson Racing-Transcendental Meditation
(see note 2)
8 Tom Stewart March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#3 Pierre Phillips Racing
9 Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#11 Lane Sports
10 Tommy Grunnah March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
#53 Relco Racing
11 Charles Cass March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing-Limited Editions
12 Mike Follett Ralt RT1/78 [128] - Ford BDD
#21 Follett Motorsport (see note 3)
13 Ed Donnelly Ralt RT1/76 - Ford BDD
#32 Concrete Concepts Blg Co Ltd
(see note 4)
14 Bob McGregor March 78B [13] - Ford BDD
#71 Bob McGregor
15 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#56 John J. Connolly Ent. Inc.
16 Garth Pollard March 78B [17] - Ford BDD
#20 NSF Racing
17 Brian McLoughlin Ralt RT1/77 [81] - Ford BDD
#41 Brian McLaughlin (see note 5)
18 Ralph Manaker March 80A [4] - Ford BDD
#23 RM Racing
42 brkn shift l
R Bob Hoff Ralt RT1/77 [79] - Ford BDD Jennings
#68 Gas Saleen Racing (see note 6)
25 throttle
R Steve Jizmagian Ralt RT1/79 [167] - Ford BDD
#74 Chula
10 oil plug blo
R Whitney Ganz Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#39 Whit Ganz Racing (see note 7)
1 throttle
DNA TBA March 80A [24] - Ford BDD
#4 Fred Opert Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Skeeter McKitterick Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDD Jennings
#12 Cam 2-AME (see note 8)
Did not arrive
DNA Paul Grundrich Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#15 BTG Investments
Did not arrive
DNA Carlos Bobeda Ralt RT1/76 [11] - Ford BDD
#18 Condor Racing (see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [146] - Ford BDD
#19 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Colin Tuckey Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#26 FBM (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Ken Dunn Ralt RT1/78 [109] - Ford BDD
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Buckenham Chevron B34 [34-76-34] - Ford BDD
#34 Stuttgart West (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Dave McMillan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#47 Pan Am
Did not arrive
DNA Carl Liebich March 79B [21] - Ford BDD
#54 Liebrau Racing (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Rick Bell Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
#78 Bell Racing (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Terry Knight Ralt RT4/80 [180] - Ford BDD
#88 Ralt American
Did not arrive
DNA Warren "Bud" Pauge Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDD
#92 Spirit of America (see note 15)
Did not arrive

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

1 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD Jennings 1m 02.277s
2 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [5] - Ford BDD Race Shop 1m 02.400s
3 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [21] - Ford BDD 1m 02.912s
4 Tom Stewart (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [10] - Ford BDD 1m 03.369s
5 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [14] - Ford BDD Willis 1m 03.528s
6 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings 1m 03.594s
7 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [20] - Ford BDD 1m 03.606s
8 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop 1m 03.721s
9 Whitney Ganz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD 1m 03.961s
10 Tommy Grunnah (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [16] - Ford BDD 1m 04.122s
11 Rogelio Rodriguez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings 1m 04.321s
12 Ralph Manaker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [4] - Ford BDD 1m 04.639s
13 Steve Jizmagian (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [167] - Ford BDD 1m 04.800s
14 Charles Cass (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop 1m 05.483s
15 Brian McLoughlin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [81] - Ford BDD 1m 06.164s
16 Mike Follett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [128] - Ford BDD 1m 06.496s
17 Bob Hoff (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [79] - Ford BDD Jennings 1m 06.531s
18 John Connolly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD 1m 06.912s
19 Bob McGregor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13] - Ford BDD 1m 07.053s
20 Ed Donnelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 - Ford BDD 1m 07.893s
21 Garth Pollard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [17] - Ford BDD 1m 08.556s

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 [128] (Mike Follett): New to Mike Follett (Lewiston, Idaho) and raced in the North American Formula Atlantic series from 1978 to 1980. He kept the car until the end of 1983 when he crashed heavily in a WCAR race at Sears Point. CT
  4. 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
  5. Ralt RT1/77 [81] (Brian McLoughlin): This car would have been new as a Formula Atlantic in 1977, but its first owners in 1977, 1978 and 1979 are unknown. The first definitive reference to this car is when it was sold by Ted Titmas to Brian McLaughlin (Vancouver, BC), and raced by McLaughlin in ICSCC and Pro Formula Atlantic in 1980 and 1981. It was wrecked by McLoughlin at Westwood and later advertised by Sans Thompson in unrepaired state. Thompson's recollection is that he sold it to the northeast US. CT
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Ralt RT1/78 [136] (Skeeter McKitterick): A white and blue Ralt RT1/78 invoiced to Ralt importer Brian Robertson in August 1978. To AME Racing for Skeeter McKitterick (San Diego, CA/Woodland Hills, CA), debuting at Trois-Rivières in early September. Also raced by McKitterick at the Macau Grand Prix in November as part of the Flying Tigers team. Retained by McKitterick for 1979, when he had sponsorship from CAM 2 Motor Oil. Raced in the North American series and again in Macau, entered by Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team. Entered a few times in 1980, but rarely seen. Sold to Kyle Buxton (Trabuco, CA) who raced it in Formula Atlantic in 1981 and 1982, then fitted a sports car body for Can-Am racing later in 1982, using a Ford BDP engine. To Dennis Brisken, and used in ASR class racing in 1984, but later wrecked at Sears Point. Sold to Carl Olsson (San Diego, CA) and rebuilt as a FC, and later as a CSR. Then to Tom Nelson (San Francisco area, CA) who rebuilt it again as an improved CSR. CT
  9. 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 Shea's Chevron B45. To Carlos Bobeda (Northridge, CA) late 1979 and raced by him in 1980 and 1981. It was rebuilt on Marc Bahner tub during this time. Sold to Stu Hayner (Yorba Linda, CA) for 1982. CT
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Chevron B34 [34-76-34] (Mike Buckenham): New to Fred Opert Racing and believed to be the car raced by Alan Jones at Trois-Rivières in early September. To Butch Owsley (Aptos, CA/San Jose, CA) and raced in the IMSA race at Laguna Seca in early October. Retained by Owsley for SCCA Nationals and Regionals in 1977. Then raced by Bob Earl (Novato, CA) at a couple of late-season SCCA Regionals. The car was bought by actor James Brolin and run for Earl to drive by Ron Tourte's Tourté Racing in 1978, then Earl raced it in Pro events and SCCA Nationals. Earl did not get the results he expected, and also raced Doug Dreager's March 76B in one race, and ended the season in one of Fred Opert's newer Chevron B39s. The B34 went to Mike Buckenham (Stockton, CA) for 1979 and he raced it in SCCA Nationals until 1982 at least. The car was then taken by Joe Ordoqui (Boeing, CA) in partial payment for his March 80A. Ordoqui recalls that the Chevron sat in his garage for a couple of years but he is not sure where it went. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. March 79B [21] (Carl Liebich): Long-time Chevron importer Fred Opert acquired a March 79B for 1979 and ran it alongside the Chevron B45 he had left from 1978. It was raced once by team driver Marco Tolama and also by European F2 stars Derek Daly (at Trois-Rivières) and Eje Elgh (at Montréal). It went to Carl Liebich for 1980, who recalls buying a car from Opert that had previously been driven by Daly. Retained for 1981 but Liebich does not recall who he sold it to. History then unknown until the early 1990s when it was part of "the Indy Car Experience" at Phoenix International Raceway. It was acquired by Todd Cook of TCE Performances Products (Tempe, AZ) around 1994, then to Jon Gibson, then Jim McDonald, and then to Don Sandy and Art Hebert (San Rafael, CA) in early 2011. It was advertised on motorsportsmarket.com in early 2015 and sold to Charles Arton in South Africa, who ran the car at Killarney in February 2015 in Martini livery and still with Hebert's name on the side. In May 2017, following the Simola Hill Climb, the 79B was destroyed when a transporter containing six cars bound for Cape Town caught fire.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.


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.