WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship Round

Sears Point, 9 Oct 1983

1 John David Briggs Ralt RT4/82 [318] - Ford BDD Jennings
#37 Briggs Racing
24 36m 46.230s
98.805 mph
2 John Della Penna Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#64 Pacific Motor Sports
3 Rod Bennett Ralt RT4/82 [308] - Ford BDD Jennings
#15 Symtron/Bennet
4 Ron Dykes Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD
#4 -
5 Jimmy Santos Ralt RT4/82 [81-249?] - Ford BDD
#21 Santos Racing
6 John Herne March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD
#17 Putney Station (see note 1)
7 Jeff MacPherson Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD
#9 McHoward Leasing
8 Phil Simon March 81A [8] - Ford BDD
#71 Formula America
9 Jim Burnett Argo "JM8" [044-FA] - Ford BDD
#87 - (see note 2)
10 Doug Krause March 77B - Ford BDD
#27 -
11 Tom Blackaller Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD
#75 Pfeiffer Ridge Racing
12 Steve Hostetler Tiga - Ford BDD
#13 Pacific East Air
R Steve Cameron Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
#11 Rick Shea Racing
R Damon Meek Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDD
#76 Pacific Race Engines
R Ron Householder March 77B - Ford BDD
#6 Automotive Racing Ent.
DNS Mike Rosen Ralt RT4/82 [81-271] - Ford BDD Jennings
#2 ASI Garvin Brown Racing
Did not start
DNS Robert Zinnagi Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD
#5 Pierre Phillps Racing
Did not start
DNS Mike Follett Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD
#8 Follet's MT. Racing
Did not start
DNS Bob Collins March 81A [5] - Ford BDD
#14 Rick Shea Racing
Did not start
DNS Wyatt Gerrells March 77B - Ford BDD
#20 - (see note 3)
Did not start
DNS Mike Buckenham March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#36 Stuttgart West
Did not start

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

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 77B [76B-13] (John Herne): Doug Shierson Racing ran an maroon/red #8 March 76B in 1976 for Price Cobb. In early 1977, it was entered by Doug Shierson Racing in SCCA Nationals for Steve "Gas" Saleen (Whitter, CA), but when the Pro series started in May, his entrant was Clayton Racing Team. The car's log book states that it was chassis 76B-13. Run by Clayton Racing for Frank Beetson (San Diego, CA) in 1978, when it was entered as a 77B. Also seen once in mid-1979 with Beetson, and later adbertised by him in February 1980. Its history is then unknown until 1983, when it reappeared in the hands of John Herne (Santa Ana, CA). He retained it for WCAR in 1984, then sold it in early 1985 to John Blizzard (Prescott, AZ), who raced it in WCAR that season. Blizzard remembers selling it to someone in Phoenix, AZ. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Argo "JM8" [044-FA] (Jim Burnett): Believed to be a new car supplied to Mike Nugent for 1980, built on a new monocoque but incorporating parts of Nugent's previous JM5. The monocoque of the new car was wider and longer than on the older car, extending either side of the engine. This car appears in Argo records as "JM8-044-FA" and was described by Nugent as a JM8, but it is not related to the 1981 F3 car that also used that designation. Raced by Nugent in the Irish Formula Atlantic series in 1980 and at one raced at the start of 1981, but Nugent went off on warm up lap. Then sold to Jim Burnett (Bellevue, WA) and raced by him in WCAR events in 1983 and 1984. The car remained with Burnett until his death in May 2012, at which point both Burnett's Argos were acquired by Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA), who raced the "JM8" in 2013. Sold to Douglas Schumacher (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in early 2015, and he ran it at Road America later that year, only for it to be damaged when a freak gust of wind blew a golf cart onto it. Raced at Mid-Ohio in 2016 and at again Road America in 2017, then taken to Kirkistown in 2019 where it was tested by original owner Mike Nugent. Bought by Nugent, and in the process or restoration in Northern Ireland during 2020.
  3. March 77B (Wyatt Gerrells): Wyatt Gerrells (Campbell, CA) raced a March 77B in SCCA San Francisco Region events in 1982 and 1983, and in at least one WCAR event. 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 On Track and Sports Car, plus 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.