WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship Round

Firebird International Raceway, 21 Apr 1985

1 Jeff Wood Ralt RT4/84 [504] - Ford BDD
#26 McNeill Motor Cars
2 Hubert Phipps Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#37 Agapiou-MDB Systems
3 Dan Marvin Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#1 Jon Norman Racing
4 Rod Bennett Ralt RT4/82 [308] - Ford BDD
5 John Richards Ralt RT4/82 [81-271] - Ford BDD
#8 Pierre Phillips Motorsports
6 John Della Penna Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
7 Mike Buckenham Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
8 Mike Downs Ralt RT4/81 [267] - Ford BDD
#6 (see note 1)
9 Steve Vague March 79B - Ford BDD
10 Sandy Dells Ralt RT4/81 [259] - Ford BDD
11 Chris Bender Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
12 Ron McKay Ralt RT4/85 [512] - Ford BDD Jennings
#4 Fortner Lucini Motorsports
13 Roberto Quintanilla Ralt RT4/85 [509] - Ford BDD
#2 Rick Shea Racing
14 Bob Young Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD
15 Mark Brannon Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
16 Ed Donnelly Ralt RT1/76 - Ford BDD
#5 (see note 2)
17 Phil Simon Ralt RT4/81 [210] - Ford BDD
18 John Blizzard March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD
#92 (see note 3)
19 Joe Sposato March 79B [13] - Ford BDD Jennings
20 Scott Wood Ralt RT4/83 [403] - Ford BDD
#25 McNeill Motor Cars
21 Ron Lampley Ralt RT4/82 - Ford BDD
22 Jimmy Santos Ralt RT4/82 [81-249?] - Ford BDD

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Dan Marvin2095.53
2Hubert Phipps20
3Jeff Wood20
4Ron McKay20
5John Della Penna20
6Chris Bender20
7Rod Bennett20
8Roberto Quintanilla20
9John Richards20
10Mike Downs20
11Mike Buckenham20
12Joe Sposato20
13Bob Young20
14Sandy Dells19
15Steve Vague19
16Ed Donnelly18
17Mark Brannon18
18John Blizzard18
19Ron Lampley17Handling
20Phil Simon17
21Jimmy Santos5Engine
22Scott WoodGearbox
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Jeff Wood2093.39 mph
2Hubert Phipps20
3John Richards20
4Rod Bennett20
5Mike Buckenham20
6Mike Downs20
7Dan Marvin19Stub axle
8Steve Vague19
9Sandy Dells19
10John Della Penna19
11Phil Simon19
12Mark Brannon18
13Ed Donnelly17
14John Blizzard17
15Bob Young17Loose wheel
16Roberto Quintanilla8Accident
17Chris Bender8Accident
18Scott WoodGearbox
19Ron McKay1Accident
Ron LampleyDid not start (Handling)
Jimmy SantosDid not start (Engine)
Joe SposatoDid not start (Water leak)
1 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/84 [504] - Ford BDD 0.55.42
2 Hubert Phipps (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 0.55.60
3 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 0.55.75
4 Ron McKay (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/85 [512] - Ford BDD Jennings 0.55.84
5 John Richards (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [81-271] - Ford BDD 0.56.52
6 Mike Downs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [267] - Ford BDD 0.57.11
7 John Della Penna (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 0.57.40
8 Chris Bender (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 0.57.46
9 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [13] - Ford BDD Jennings 0.57.70
10 Rod Bennett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [308] - Ford BDD 0.57.71
11 Roberto Quintanilla (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/85 [509] - Ford BDD 0.58.20
12 Bob Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD 0.58.32
14 Steve Vague (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 0.58.32
15 Sandy Dells (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [259] - Ford BDD 0.58.90
15 Jimmy Santos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [81-249?] - Ford BDD 0.58.33
16 Scott Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [403] - Ford BDD 0.59.13
17 Mike Buckenham (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 0.59.53
18 Phil Simon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [210] - Ford BDD 1.00.58
19 Ed Donnelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 - Ford BDD 1.00.67
20 John Blizzard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD 1.01.97
21 Mark Brannon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD 1.02.98
22 Ron Lampley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 - Ford BDD 1.03.15

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT4/81 [267] (Mike Downs): Ralt sales record says sold to Theodore Racing, delivered 16 Oct 81. [Tub no: 81/135; gearbox FT1488; fuel cell JM37176 10/81] Dave McMillan's car at Bay Park 3 Jan 82 is described by NZMN as Lees's car from Macau, 1981. Chassis number given NZMN 21 Jan 83 p16 for the car of Dave McMillan at Bay Park, 2 Jan 83. Presumed to be the car used by McMillan for the first part of the 1982 North American season, before he was given a 1982 specification car to use [alternatively this may have been RT4-205]. Chassis number given for McMillan's car at 1982 AGP, [AMSYB-82 p167] [CT]
  2. 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
  3. March 77B [76B-13] (John Blizzard): 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.


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.

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