WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship Round

Sears Point, 30 Sep 1984

1 Dan Marvin Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD Hasselgren
#1 H.C. Boerner/Jon Norman Racing
27 43m 45.90s
93.724 mph
2 Chris Bender Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#7 Bender Warehouse Company
27 44m 05.52s
3 Ron McKay Ralt RT4/83 [82-306] - Ford BDD
#5 American Earth Stations/Red Line Oil/Pierre Phillips Racing
4 Rod Bennett Ralt RT4/82 [308] - Ford BDD Jennings
#15 Symtron/W.R. Hatch Inc
5 Ken Dunn Ralt RT4/81 [204] - Ford BDD
#77 Systems Control
6 H J Long Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
#49 Rick Shea Racing
7 Damon Meek Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDD
#76 Pollard Tool
8 John Herne March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD
#17 Putney Station/Pennzoil (see note 1)
9 Roberto Quintanilla Ralt RT4/81 [259] - Ford BDD
#2 Rick Shea Racing
10 John Della Penna Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#64 Pacific Motor Sports
11 Bob Young Ralt RT4/80 [205] - Ford BDD
#21 Alpine Racing
12 Mike Buckenham March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#36 Stuttgart West
13 Phil Simon March 81A [8] - Ford BDD
#74 Formula America
14 Chris Kneifel Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD
#70 Team Tui
15 J C Myers March 79B - Ford BDD
#19 Barstow Liquid Gas
16 David Roland Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
#9 Hollywood Sport Cars
17 J O 'Jocko' Cunningham Ralt RT4/81 [270] - Ford BDD
#91 Pierre Phillips Racing
18 Doug Krause March 77B - Ford BDD
#29 La Vida Racing
19 Mike Downs Ralt RT4/83 [82-319] - Ford BDD
#6 Fox Fabrique
20 Joe Henry March 74B ["742-18"] - Ford BDD
#42 P.R.C. Sports (see note 2)
21 Steve Hartgraves March 722/76B - Ford BDD
#90 Road Runner Enterprises (see note 3)
22 Ron Householder March 77B - Ford BDD
#16 Automotive Racing Enterprises
23 Jimmy Santos Ralt RT4/82 [81-249?] - Ford BDD
#21 Santos Racing
DNS Chris Gerrells Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#59 Gerrells Formula Racing
Did not start
DNS Rick Lempe Ralt RT4/82 [310] - Ford BDD
#43 Tires by Wheel Works/KFRC
Did not start
DNA Riley Hopkins Ralt RT4/82 [81-270] - Ford BDD Jennings
#3 Hopkins Screen Printing Intl/Fortner Lucini Motorsports
Did not arrive
DNA TBA Ralt RT4/81 [210] - Ford BDD
#4 Fortner Lucini Motorsports
Did not arrive
DNA Tom Phillips Ralt RT4/82 [80-189] - Ford BDD
#10 Glen Finch Racing
Did not arrive
DNA TBA Ralt RT4/83 [81-213] - Ford BDD
#11 Rick Shea Racing
Did not arrive
DNA John Treder Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#13 Whale Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Jim Blackwell Argo JM9 [056-FA] - Ford BDD
#14 USAG Tool (see note 4)
Did not arrive
DNA Larry Dunn March 722 [30] - Ford BDD
#22 Super Auto (see note 5)
Did not arrive
DNA Fred Whitehead Ralt RT4/82 [81-205] - Ford BDD
#61 MDB Systems
Did not arrive
DNA Nathan Burmeister Lola T242 [T240 HU15] - Ford BDD
#81 Sports Racing Enterprises (see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Ross Bentley Johnston JM6c - Ford BDD
#86 Johnston Engineering
Did not arrive

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Dan Marvin13
2Chris Bender13
3H J Long13
4Rod Bennett13
5Damon Meek13
6Ken Dunn13
7Ron McKay13
8J C Myers13
9John Herne13
10Mike Downs13
11Mike Buckenham13
12Bob Young13
13Phil Simon12
14David Roland12
15Joe Henry12
16Doug Krause12
17Ron Householder
18Steve Hartgraves8Oil leak
19Roberto Quintanilla6
20Chris Kneifel2Engine
21John Della Penna1Engine
Chris GerrellsDNS
J O 'Jocko' CunninghamDNS: Steering rack
Jimmy SantosDNS: Engine
Rick LempeDNS
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Dan Marvin14
2Chris Bender14
3Ron McKay14
4John Della Penna14
5Roberto Quintanilla14
6Ken Dunn14
7Rod Bennett14
8Chris Kneifel14
9J O 'Jocko' Cunningham14
10H J Long14
11Damon Meek14
12John Herne14
13Bob Young14
14Phil Simon14
15Mike Buckenham14
16Doug Krause13
17David Roland13
18Steve Hartgraves13
19Joe Henry13
20Ron HouseholderElectrics
21Jimmy Santos1Engine
22J C Myers1Accident
23Mike Downs1Accident
Chris GerrellsDNS
Rick LempeDNS
1 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD Hasselgren 1.30.383
2 Jimmy Santos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [81-249?] - Ford BDD 1.31.117
3 Chris Bender (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.31.868
4 John Della Penna (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.32.131
5 Rod Bennett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [308] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.32.896
6 Chris Kneifel (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD 1.33.095
7 Damon Meek (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDD 1.33.145
8 Roberto Quintanilla (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [259] - Ford BDD 1.33.438
9 Ron McKay (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-306] - Ford BDD 1.33.504
10 H J Long (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD 1.33.631
11 Mike Downs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-319] - Ford BDD 1.33.913
12 J O 'Jocko' Cunningham (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [270] - Ford BDD 1.34.424
13 Ken Dunn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [204] - Ford BDD 1.34.473
14 J C Myers (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.34.793
15 Bob Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [205] - Ford BDD 1.35.951
16 Mike Buckenham (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [10] - Ford BDD 1.36.552
17 John Herne (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD 1.36.803
18 Chris Gerrells * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD 1.36.993
19 Ron Householder (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.37.625
20 Rick Lempe * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [310] - Ford BDD 1.38.079
21 Phil Simon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A [8] - Ford BDD 1.38.307
22 Doug Krause (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.38.548
23 David Roland (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD 1.39.776
24 Steve Hartgraves (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722/76B - Ford BDD 1.39.873
25 Joe Henry (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B ["742-18"] - Ford BDD 1.42.381
* 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. March 74B ["742-18"] (Joe Henry): Joe Henry (Sacramento, CA) raced a March in SCCA Formula Atlantic in northern California in 1983 and 1984, and in a WCAR race at Sears Point in 1984. This is believed to be chassis 742-18, the Patrick Depailler F2 car, but it may alternatively be which ever car was built on tub number 742-18, so quite possibly a 74B. As a 74B is much more likely to have been in California in 1983 than a 742, this car is listed as with the 74Bs until more is known of its provenance,
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. March 722 [30] (Larry Dunn): New to racing car importer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR). It is believed to have been intended for customer Bud Rude (Auburn, WA), but no record has yet been found of Rude driving the car. Used by Phillips to win the Formula B class at the Oregon Region's Rose Cup Races SCCA National on 11 June 1972. It is then said to have gone to Mike Fisher (Portland, OR), who raced a black-and-white March 722 in the Westwood Players series round in May 1973 and in SCCA Nationals in the Pacific northwest that season. Sold to Bob Tracy (Hillsboro, OR) who continued to race it in SCCA National and Regionals in Oregon in 1974, then in ICSCC events in 1975. Then via Steve Plumb and Jack Scher to Squire Tomasie (Bellevue, WA) in 1978, then to Mike Gilbert and Ty Fikse in 1981. Then via Jim Burnett and Allan Karlberg to Larry Dunn (Lake Stevens, WA) who raced the car in WCAR Formula Atlantic between 1984 and 1986, and advertised it in December 1986 with chassis number 722-30. Sold to Steve Marks in May 1987, then to Kevin Shipley in September 1997. In 2007, Tim Greenshields in Colorado sold the car to Scott Monroe in Texas. From him it went to John Slade (Texas) in 2012, then to a customer of Don Blenderman (Houston, TX) in 2016. In May 2021, the car was for sale by Blenderman.
  6. Lola T242 [T240 HU15] (Nathan Burmeister): Invoiced to Hayes Racing in late June 1971, but it is now known how this car was used in 1971. To Ted Titmas (Van Nuys, CA) for Formula B in 1972. Retained for the first race of 1973. History then unclear until February 1978 when acquired by Rob Mullaney (Pleasant Hill, CA), but the car was still wearing Titmas's #4 Autohaus livery so may not have been used since 1973. Raced by Mullaney in SCCA Regionals in San Francisco Region in 1978. To Tom Tampi in January 1979, and raced in one SCCA Regional, then to Nathan Burmeister (Manton, CA) September 1980, and raced from 1981 to June 1984, when the car was retired and stored. Restored by Burmeister 2001 to 2003, and advertised by him on race-cars.com in February 2005. The car was acquired at that time or soon after by Bob Yarwood (Lymm, Cheshire) and returned to the UK. Later to Tim Harrison (Ripon, North Yorkshire).


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.