WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship Round

Riverside, 7 Oct 1984

1 Davy Jones Ralt RT4/82 [81-271] - Ford BDD
#8 Garvin Brown Racing
23 30m 10.431s
116.486 mph
2 Chris Bender Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#7 Bender Warehouse Company
23 30m 22.527s
3 John Della Penna Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#64 Pacific Motor Sports
4 Rod Bennett Ralt RT4/82 [308] - Ford BDD Jennings
5 John Richards Ralt RT4/81 [270] - Ford BDD
#91 Pierre Phillips Racing [Archie Snider]
6 J C Myers Ralt RT4/81 [210] - Ford BDD
#4 Fortner Lucini Motorsports
7 Ken Dunn Ralt RT4/81 [204] - Ford BDD
#77 Systems Control
8 Bob Young Ralt RT4/80 [205] - Ford BDD
#21 Alpine Racing/Pizza Hut
9 Joe Sposato March 79B [13] - Ford BDD
#28 Sposato Motoracing
10 John Herne March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD
#17 Putney Station/Pennzoil/Mendenica Racing
(see note 1)
11 Sandy Dells Ralt RT4/81 [259] - Ford BDD
#22 Sandy Dells Racing
12 Dan Marvin Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD Hasselgren
#1 H.C. Boerner/Norman Racing Group
13 David Roland Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
#9 Hollywood Sport Cars
14 Phil Simon March 81A [8] - Ford BDD
#74 Formula America
15 John Treder Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#13 Whale Racing
16 Ron Householder March 77B - Ford BDD
#16 Automotive Racing Enterprises
17 Doug Krause March 77B - Ford BDD
#29 La Vida Racing
18 Mike Downs Ralt RT4/83 [82-319] - Ford BDD
#6 Fox Fabrique
19 Head gasket
19 Hubert Phipps Ralt RT4/84 [504] - Ford BDD
#37 Briggs Racing
11 wing
20 Chris Kneifel Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD
#70 Team Tui
6 Coil
21 Ron McKay Ralt RT4/83 [82-306] - Ford BDD
#5 Simpson Safety Equipment/Red Line Oil/Pierre Phillips Racing
0 Engine
DNS Mark Wolocatiuk Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#18 Conte Racing
Did not start
DNS Bill Sundin Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#99 Seagull Marketing Services
Did not start
DNS Tom Phillips Ralt RT4/82 [80-189] - Ford BDD
#10 Viking Racing [Arnie Loyning/Glen Finch]
Did not start
DNS Roberto Quintanilla Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
#2 Rick Shea Racing
Did not start
DNS Peter West Ralt RT1/76 [35] - Ford BDD
#71 (see note 2)
Did not start
(Not known)
DNA Jim Blackwell Argo JM9 [056-FA] - Ford BDD
#14 USAG Tool (see note 3)
Did not arrive
DNA J C Myers March 79B - Ford BDD
#19 Barstow Liquid Gas
Did not arrive
DNA Jimmy Santos Ralt RT4/82 [81-249?] - Ford BDD
#21 Santos Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Buckenham March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#36 Stuttgart West
Did not arrive
DNA Steve Boley Argo JM11 [065-FA] - Ford BDD
Did not arrive
DNA Fred Whitehead Ralt RT4/82 [81-205] - Ford BDD
#61 MDB Systems
Did not arrive
DNA Johnnie Crean Ralt RT4/83 [431] - Ford BDD
#87 Alfa Leisure Inc
Did not arrive
DNA Steve Hartgraves March 722/76B - Ford BDD
#90 Road Runner Enterprises (see note 4)
Did not arrive

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

1 Hubert Phipps (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/84 [504] - Ford BDD 1.16.831
2 Chris Kneifel (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD 1.17.254
3 Davy Jones (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [81-271] - Ford BDD 1.17.324
4 Chris Bender (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.17.779
5 John Della Penna (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.18.234
6 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD Hasselgren 1.18.517
7 Mark Wolocatiuk * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.18.789
8 Rod Bennett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [308] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.19.384
9 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [13] - Ford BDD 1.19.412
10 Roberto Quintanilla * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD 1.19.440
11 J C Myers (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [210] - Ford BDD 1.19.499
12 John Richards (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [270] - Ford BDD 1.19.722
13 John Herne (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD 1.19.876
14 Mike Downs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-319] - Ford BDD 1.20.065
15 Bob Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [205] - Ford BDD 1.20.300
16 Ken Dunn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [204] - Ford BDD 1.20.812
17 John Treder (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD 1.22.544
18 Sandy Dells (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [259] - Ford BDD 1.22.706
19 David Roland (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD 1.22.909
20 Doug Krause (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.22.991
21 Ron Householder (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.23.558
22 Peter West * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 [35] - Ford BDD 1.29.217
23 Tom Phillips * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [80-189] - Ford BDD 1.36.193
24 Ron McKay (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-306] - Ford BDD no time
25 Phil Simon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A [8] - Ford BDD no time
26 Bill Sundin * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD no time
* Did not start

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. Ralt RT1/76 [35] (Peter West): New to Ron Dennis's Project Four Racing in August 1976 and fitted with a Hart 420R engine for Eddie Cheever to race in European F2, replacing his March 762. First raced by Cheever at the Brands Hatch Shellsport G8 race on 30 August, then in two F2 races, and another Shellsport G8 race at Brands Hatch. Dennis bought three new Ralts for 1977, and RT1-35 was not used again until May 1978, when it was bought by Alo Lawler, still with its 1976-spec Hart 420R, to use in the Aurora AFX British F1 championship. Raced in three rounds, retiring from each, and was easily beaten in a libre race at Croft by Andy Barton. It was then unseen in 1979 and 1980, until advertised in November 1980 as a "hardly used" rolling chassis. It was acquired by Richard Fry (Bath, Avon) and fitted with a 2.5-litre Hart engine and run at the Prescott hillclimb on 5 April, where Fry was sharing with Ted Williams. The pair later moved to a Pilbeam MP40, and the Ralt was abandoned again. In December 1982, it was advertised by Dave Williams (Humble, TX), who had been racing in the UK and had evidently taken the car home with him to Texas. From him it went to Joe Sposato (Rossmoor, CA) and was sold for 1984 to Peter West. He raced it in the WCAR event at Riverside in October 1984 but failed to start, and car was returned to Sposato. He then sold it to Tom Shanley (Riverside, CA)
  3. Argo JM9 [056-FA] (Jim Blackwell): New to Tyrrell Arnold to race in the 1981 Irish Atlantic series, then to Jim Blackwell (Seattle, WA) in 1982 and raced in WCAR events in 1984 and 1985, then Marty Knoll (North Vancouver, BC) who raced it in WCAR in 1986 and 1987. Then to Terry Edwards in 1987-88 and from him to Gary Milligan (Richmond, British Columbia) who used it as the basis of the Buick-engined Lotus Europa with which he won the National Autocross Championship in 1994.
  4. March 722/76B (Steve Hartgraves): In January 1980, Jim Buick (Berthoud, CO) registered a Formula Atlantic March 722/76B with SCCA's Colorado Region. He first raced it at La Junta in May 1980, but sold it in August 1980 to Bill Murray, who then raced it at La Junta in October. Roy Jo Peltz, better known as a sprint car racer, bought the March in September 1982 and raced it at Pueblo and La Junta in 1982 and 1983. Then to Steve Hartgraves (Sunnyvale, CA) who raced it in Solo I and in west coast WCAR Formula Atlantic races in 1984. It was advertised by Steve's father Roger Hartgraves (Sunnyvale CA) in March 1985, but unfortunately Steve cannot remember where it came from or where it went. This car was acquired soon after by John Hammill (Albuquerque, NM), and has remained with him since then.


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.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources for these races include Autosport and On Track magazine.