WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship Round

Seattle, 23 Sep 1984

1 Dan Marvin Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD Hasselgren
#1 H.C. Boerner/Norman Racing Group
24 32m 13.29s
100.58 mph
2 Chris Bender Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#7 Bender Warehouse Company
3 Tom Phillips Ralt RT4/82 [80-189] - Ford BDD
#10 Glen Finch Racing
4 J O 'Jocko' Cunningham Ralt RT4/81 [270] - Ford BDD
#81 Pierre Phillips Racing
5 John Della Penna Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#64 Pacific Motor Sports
6 Ron McKay Ralt RT4/83 [82-306] - Ford BDD
#5 American Earth Stations/Red Line Oil/Pierre Phillips Racing
7 J C Myers March 79B - Ford BDD
#19 Barstow Liquid Gas
8 Bob Young Ralt RT4/80 [205] - Ford BDD
#21 Alpine Racing
9 Jim Burnett Argo "JM8" [044-FA] - Ford BDD
#33 Olkscar (see note 1)
10 Riley Hopkins Ralt RT4/82 [318] - Ford BDD Jennings
#3 Hopkins Screen Printing Intl/Fortner Lucini Motorsports
11 Chris Kneifel Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD
#70 Team Tui
12 David Roland Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
#9 Hollywood Sports Cars
13 Phil Simon March 81A [8] - Ford BDD
#74 Formula America
14 Ron Householder March 77B - Ford BDD
#16 Automotive Racing Enterprises
15 Harold Kaesbauer March 78B [7] - Ford BDD
16 Ross Bentley Johnston JM6c - Ford BDD
#86 Johnston Engineering
17 Steve Boley Argo JM11 [065-FA] - Ford BDD
#40 Northwest Systems
18 John Herne March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD
#17 Putney Station/Pennzoil/Medenica Racing
(see note 2)
19 Bob Erickson Ralt RT1/78 [96] - Ford BDD
#22 Greyhound Express (see note 3)
20 John Treder Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#13 Whale Racing
21 Larry Dunn March 722 [30] - Ford BDD
#22 Super Auto (see note 4)
22 Martin Pang Ralt RT1/78 [146] - Ford BDD
#8 Mary Pang's Foods Inc (see note 5)
23 Jim Blackwell Argo JM9 [056-FA] - Ford BDD
#14 USAG Tool (see note 6)
24 Bob McGregor March 79B [78B-13] - Ford BDD
#91 Britco

DNS Mike Downs Ralt RT4/83 [82-319] - Ford BDD
#6 Fox Fabrique [Pierre Phillips]
Did not start
DNA Tom Blackaller Ralt RT4/83 [81-213] - Ford BDD
#11 Gold Star/Rick Shea Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Roberto Quintanilla Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
Rick Shea Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Christopher Cross Ralt RT4/81 [210] - Ford BDD
Fortner Lucini Motorsports
Did not arrive

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Dan Marvin15
2Riley Hopkins15
3Chris Bender15
4Tom Phillips15
5J O 'Jocko' Cunningham15
6Ron McKay15
7John Della Penna15
8Ron Householder15
9J C Myers15
10Bob Young15
11Jim Burnett15
12Phil Simon14
13Harold Kaesbauer14
14David Roland14
15Steve Boley14
16Larry Dunn14
17Bob Erickson13
18Ross Bentley12
19Chris Kneifel9Engine
20Martin Pang8Engine
21John Treder6Spun
22Jim Blackwell5Engine
23John Herne1Clutch
24Bob McGregor1Engine
Mike DownsDNS: Engine
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Dan Marvin9
2Chris Bender9
3Tom Phillips9
4Chris Kneifel9
5J O 'Jocko' Cunningham9
6J C Myers9
7John Della Penna9
8Ron McKay9
9Bob Young9
10John Herne9
11Jim Burnett9
12David Roland9
13Ross Bentley9
14Phil Simon9
15John Treder9
16Harold Kaesbauer9
17Steve Boley9
18Bob Erickson8
19Ron Householder8
20Riley Hopkins3Gearbox
21Larry Dunn1Engine
Mike DownsDNS
Martin PangDNS
Bob McGregorDNS
Jim BlackwellDNS
1 Ron McKay (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-306] - Ford BDD 1.18.710
2 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD Hasselgren 1.19.210
3 Riley Hopkins (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [318] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.19.230
4 Chris Bender (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.19.500
5 Tom Phillips (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [80-189] - Ford BDD 1.19.690
6 J O 'Jocko' Cunningham (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [270] - Ford BDD 1.19.910
7 Chris Kneifel (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD 1.20.010
8 Jim Blackwell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM9 [056-FA] - Ford BDD 1.21.940
9 Bob Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [205] - Ford BDD 1.22.130
10 J C Myers (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.22.260
11 John Della Penna (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.22.620
12 John Herne (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD 1.23.400
13 Bob McGregor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [78B-13] - Ford BDD 1.23.580
14 Ron Householder (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.23.590
15 Jim Burnett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo "JM8" [044-FA] - Ford BDD 1.23.740
16 John Treder (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD 1.24.427
17 Phil Simon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A [8] - Ford BDD 1.24.432
18 Ross Bentley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Johnston JM6c - Ford BDD 1.24.470
19 David Roland (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD 1.25.980
20 Bob Erickson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [96] - Ford BDD 1.26.190
21 Martin Pang (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [146] - Ford BDD 1.26.270
22 Steve Boley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM11 [065-FA] - Ford BDD 1.27.320
23 Larry Dunn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 [30] - Ford BDD 1.33.860
24 Harold Kaesbauer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [7] - Ford BDD no time
25 Mike Downs * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-319] - Ford BDD no time
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Ralt RT1/78 [96] (Bob Erickson): New to Kevin Cogan (Redondo Beach, CA) and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship, entered by Ralt American. Sold to John Paul Jr (Lawrenceville, GA) for 1979 and used in the North American Formula Atlantic series. Paul had two Ralts, this car with bolted rollhoop stays and a newer car with welded stays, but it appears that he used the older ex-Cogan car in the Pro series. Then sold to Steve Overton (Belleville, IL) and used in Midwest Division SCCA Nationals in 1980, 1981 and 1982. According to the SCCA logbook with the car in 2022, its drivers after Overton were: Duane McLain (Omaha, Nebraska) who raced it in SCCA Nationals and Regionals in 1982; Bob Ericksen who raced it in SCCA Regionals in northern California in 1984, the WCAR event at Seattle in September 1984, and Regionals again in 1985; Joseph Holmes who raced it in SCCA Solo 1 and Regionals in 1985 and 1986; and then Gerald Lieberg who raced it SCCA Regionals at Lime Rock in 1990 and then in historic events from 1993 to 1995. After Lieberg it was owned by Ron Benadetti from 1998 to 2000, but he did not race it. It was then owned by Mike Agnifilo from 2001 to 2004 and used in SVRA and HSR historic events, and then by Greg Lane from 2004 to 2022. CT
  4. 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.
  5. Ralt RT1/78 [146] (Martin Pang): 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
  6. 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.


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.