Can-Am Challenge Race
Mid-Ohio, 7 Aug 1977
|1||Patrick Tambay||Lola T333CS [HU6] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Teams, Ltd.
|58||1h 24m 49.466s
|2||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Lola T333CS [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#40 Bill Freeman Racing
|58||1h 25m 34.471s
|3||Randy Lewis||Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#0 Hogan Racing (see note 1)
|4||John Gunn||Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Racing Consultants (see note 2)
|5||Don Breidenbach||Lola T333CS ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
#77 Briggs Racing
|6||Peter Gethin||Lola T333CS [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Racing Team VDS
|7||John David Briggs||Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8
#71 Briggs Racing
|8||Gordon Smiley||(sports) 2-litre Lola T292 [HU60] - Ford
#17 Great Plains Motor Racing (see note 3)
|9||Mike Hall||(sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Ford
#69? United Racing Ltd. (see note 4)
|10||Tony Cicale||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 - Hart 420R
#47 Cicale-Champion Racing
|11||Tom Klausler||Schkee DB1  - Chevrolet V8
#7 Schkee Cars
|12||Chris Bender||McBender "McLaren" [Matich A50-003] - Ford Boss 302 V8
#41 Chris Bender
|13||Dave Johnson||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford BDG
#60 Dave Johnson
|14||Harald Kirberg||(sports) 2-litre Kirberg KK2 Special [Porsche 906-136] - Porsche
#94 Kirberg Special
|15||Brian Burgess||(sports) 1.6-litre Chevron B21/B23 [72-27] - Ford BDA
#13 Brian Burgess
|16||Dean Dietrich||(sports) 2-litre Lola T292 [HU65] - Ford BDG Richardson
#43 Richardson Racing Engines (see note 5)
|17||Warren Purdy||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Cosworth FVC
#51 Diversified Engineering
|18||Tom Bagley||Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
|19||Horst Kroll||Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Team Canada
|20||Bobby Brown||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 77S [77ST-1] - Ford
#79 Bob Brown Racing (see note 6)
|21||Rainer Brezinka||(sports) 3-litre Porsche 908/02 
#39 R&H Racing
|22||George Follmer||Lola T332C [HU56] - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
|23||Bill Phaneuf||(sports) 1.8-litre Lola T212 [HU34] - Cosworth FVC
#53 B.P. Racing
|24||Graham McRae||McRae GM3  - Chevrolet V8
#36 Jongbloed Racing Wheels
|25||Bob Nagel||Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Nagel Racing (see note 7)
|26||Thomas C. Jones||March 74A  - Chevrolet V8
#27 (see note 8)
|27||David Giorgi||(G7) 5-litre Lola T160 [SL160/9] - Chevrolet V8
#86 The Winner's Circle
|28||John Morton||Lola T332/T333 ['K2'] - Chevrolet V8
#46 Morton Racing
|12||No spare tyre|
|29||Doug Schulz||Schkee DB1  - Chevrolet V8
#6 Schkee Cars
|30||Jeff Jones||(G7) McLaren M1C - Ford
#78 Jeff Jones
|31||S Peter Smith||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B19 [71-6] - Ford
#54 Red Roof Inns
|32||T. Patrick McGonegle||Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#38 T. Patrick McGonegle (see note 9)
|33||Jim Trueman||(sports) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford BDX Swindon
#25 Red Roof Inns-Capricorn (see note 10)
|34||Evan Noyes||Lola T332 [HU51] - Chevrolet V8
#24 Evan Noyes, Jr. (see note 11)
|DNS||Leonard Janke||(G6) 5-litre McLaren M6B/M8 [M6B 50-09(B)] - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto Co. (see note 12)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Steven Payne-Herbert||(sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU40] - Ford
#89 (see note 13)
|Did not start|
|DNA||Andrew Bazeley||Bazeley Mk.1 - Chevrolet V8
#23 (see note 14)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Jerry Karl||Lola T332/Riley [HU49] - Chevrolet V8
#26 (see note 15)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.
|1||Patrick Tambay||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU6] - Chevrolet V8||1m 25.610s|
|2||George Follmer||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU56] - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.415s|
|3||Randy Lewis||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.526s|
|4||Tom Klausler||(Can-Am) 5-litre Schkee DB1  - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.845s|
|5||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU4] - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.067s|
|6||Peter Gethin||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.372s|
|7||Tom Bagley||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8||1m 28.802s|
|8||Bob Nagel||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8||1m 29.121s|
|9||John Gunn||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8||1m 29.164s|
|10||Evan Noyes||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU51] - Chevrolet V8||1m 29.436s|
|11||John David Briggs||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8||1m 29.981s|
|12||Don Breidenbach||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8||1m 30.227s|
|13||Graham McRae||(Can-Am) 5-litre McRae GM3  - Chevrolet V8||1m 30.300s|
|14||Doug Schulz||(Can-Am) 5-litre Schkee DB1  - Chevrolet V8||1m 31.314s|
|15||Gordon Smiley||(sports) 2-litre Lola T292 [HU60] - Ford||1m 31.495s|
|16||Horst Kroll||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8||1m 31.581s|
|17||Bobby Brown||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 77S [77ST-1] - Ford||1m 32.337s|
|18||T. Patrick McGonegle||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8||1m 33.259s|
|19||Mike Hall||(sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Ford||1m 33.390s|
|20||Tony Cicale||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 - Hart 420R||1m 33.509s|
|21||John Morton||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/T333 ['K2'] - Chevrolet V8||1m 34.211s|
|22||Chris Bender||(Can-Am) 5-litre McBender "McLaren" [Matich A50-003] - Ford Boss 302 V8||1m 34.826s|
|23||Jim Trueman||(sports) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford BDX Swindon||1m 36.010s|
|24||Dave Johnson||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford BDG||1m 36.240s|
|25||Steven Payne-Herbert *||(sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU40] - Ford||1m 37.425s|
|26||S Peter Smith||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B19 [71-6] - Ford||1m 37.494s|
|27||Jeff Jones||(G7) McLaren M1C - Ford||1m 38.286s|
|28||Dean Dietrich||(sports) 2-litre Lola T292 [HU65] - Ford BDG Richardson||1m 39.349s|
|29||Leonard Janke *||(G6) 5-litre McLaren M6B/M8 [M6B 50-09(B)] - Chevrolet V8||1m 38.822s|
|30||Harald Kirberg||(sports) 2-litre Kirberg KK2 Special [Porsche 906-136] - Porsche||1m 40.001s|
|31||Rainer Brezinka||(sports) 3-litre Porsche 908/02  - Porsche||1m 40.624s|
|32||Bill Phaneuf||(sports) 1.8-litre Lola T212 [HU34] - Cosworth FVC||1m 42.112s|
|33||Brian Burgess||(sports) 1.6-litre Chevron B21/B23 [72-27] - Ford BDA||1m 42.945s|
|34||Warren Purdy||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Cosworth FVC||1m 43.115s|
|35||David Giorgi||(G7) 5-litre Lola T160 [SL160/9] - Chevrolet V8||1m 49.644s|
|36||Thomas C. Jones||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 74A  - Chevrolet V8||1m 51.328s|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T332 [HU30] (Randy Lewis): See full history: Lola T332 HU30.
- Lola T332 [HU47] (John Gunn): See full history: Lola T332 HU47.
- Lola T292 [HU60] (Gordon Smiley): Only one T292 was invoiced to US agent Carl Haas and the car was 'viking orange' identifying it as the car Jerry Hansen used with great success in SCCA racing in 1973 and 1974. In late 1974, Hansen sold the car to James Gutfreund who raced it 30 times in SCCA events over the next five seasons, winning 23 of them. He also entered the car for Gordon Smiley at the Mid-Ohio Can-Am race in August 1977 who won his class easily. Gutfreund retained the car until 1994 when he sold it to an owner in New York state. Research is ongoing into this car.
- Lola T294 [HU75] (Mike Hall): Mike Hall bought a new Lola T294 in 1974 for use in SCCA BSR racing. He was highly successful in the car at National level, winning the Run-Offs in 1975, and also competed in the Can-Am series from 1977 to 1980. The car was then sold to Chuck Storrie in Quebec and entered for 'Uncle' Jacques Villeneuve in Can-Am in 1982. It was bought from Storrie by Bob Roy for the 1983 season. Bob recalls selling it back to the US to somewhere in the Great Lakes area. The SCCA log book next records it being raced by Joe Graziano in vintage racing in Oct 1993. Sold by Graziano to Peter Read about 2008 and then to Steve Read in 2010. Prepared by Pete Racely (Sports Racing, Inc.) for the 2011 season. At the beginning fo the 2012 season, HU75 was being raced by Mike Thurlow (Kingsburg, CA).
- Lola T292 [HU65] (Dean Dietrich): The last T292 built went to John Abrahams in South Africa for the 1973 Springbok series. It was co-driven in the series by Charlie Lucas. The car went back to England under the care of Derrick Worthington and was the car raced by Rikki von Opel in the Nürburgring Interserie in June (although that car was listed as a Chevron B26). It was later raced in the Hockenheim 2-litre race in August (Christian Melville), the Brands Hatch 1000 km in September (Worthington and Nigel Clarkson) and at Kyalami in November (Abrahams and Richard Scott). In 1975, it was driven at Le Mans by Worthington and Clarkson and also appeared at the Spa 1000 km and in a couple of UK races. In 1976 it was sold to SCCA driver Dean Dietrich and was used in the revived Can-Am series in 1977. It then went to Rick Villate for two more seasons of Can-Am. To David P. Gough (Atlanta, GA) 1982 and used as a road car. To Ed Swart (Torrance, California) 1997 and then via six other US owners until bought by Cal Meeker (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) in 2013. As its identity was unknown until researched in 2013 by OldRacingCars.com, the car continued to race in Primagaz colours.
- March 77S [77ST-1] (Bobby Brown): Built new for 1974, fitted with a BMW engine and entered by March Engineering for Jean Ragnotti in the European 2-litre Sports Car championship, with Antar sponsorship. Fitted with a Richardson FVC after the first few races, and later with a Cosworth BDG. Retained by March for 1975, fitted with a Hart 420R engine, updated to 75S specification and plated as '75S-U2' for John Lepp to race. The car was retained again for 1976, now to 76S specification and reportedly using the identity '76S-1', now raced by Lepp as part of the Ultramar team. Sold to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for the 1977 Can-Am season, now using the identity '77ST-1'. Sold to Greg Sorrentino (Troy, Michigan) and raced in 1979. In 1980, it was converted to centre-seat specification with a new body fabricated by Dave Craddock and campaigned in this form by Sorrentino in 1981, described as a March 802. To Charlie Monk (Sarnia, Ontario) for 1982, and then via John Adams Racing & John Kalagian to J. Byron Walker (Detroit, Michigan). Raced by Walker in 1983 and 1984 before being stored. Walker later acquired the 1977 bodywork from EB Lunken, who had used it on his March 73S, and found Lepp's Ultramar livery under the layers of paint. In 2013, Walker was in the process of restoring the car to its 1975 specification.
- Lola T332/Riley [HU33] (Bob Nagel): See full history: Lola T332 HU33.
- March 74A  (Thomas C. Jones): Dempster Developments UK 1974: for Mike Wilds at R1 (second), then retubbed for R2 (second). Tested by Taylor prior to R3 Silvestone 6 Apr. For Wilds at R3 (sixth) then replaced by newer 74A/2 and returned to Bicester. Probably for Wilds again after destruction of 74A/2: three or four races (R10, R11, R13?, R14). To Mick Hill UK 1975 - Bill Blackledge (then based in Jamaica) 1976 and then via John Gunn Feb 1977 to Tom Jones: raced in Can-Am 1977 (2 races), SCCA FA 1978, Can-Am 1979 (2 DNS), Can-Am 1980 (1 DNS); retained 2010.
- Chevron B24 [24-73-02] (T. Patrick McGonegle): New for 1973 season. Doug Shierson for Peter Gethin: raced in UK 1973 (won Race of Champions) and US 1973. To Roger Bighouse (Eastlake, OH): raced in US 1974 (7 races); US 1975 (4 races + 1 DNS) - Pat McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH): raced in US 1976 (1 race) and Can-Am 1977 (4 races + 1 DNS); probably the car entered by McGonegle as 'Mannix MX-2' in Can-Am 1978; advertised April 1979 - Danny Johnson (Kewanee, IL) 1979: raced in Can-Am 1979 (1 race), Can-Am 1981 (5 races), Can-Am 1982 (6 races) - Brian R Taylor (now Clive, Iowa) for Mike Engstrand (Des Moines, Iowa): raced in Can-Am 1985 (3 races) - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) - Anthony Taylor (Blackburn, UK) 2001: due to be rebuilt and raced in FORCE Historic F5000 series (UK) 2001. Then unknown until owned by Greg Thornton in 2011 and raced in UK and New Zealand 2011/12. Badly damaged in a fire at Thornton's garage in June 2012 but completely reconstructed.
- Lola T296 [HU88] (Jim Trueman): Sold new by Carl Haas to James Trueman of red Roof Inns (Columbus, OH), and supplied with a Swindon BDX engine. Raced by Trueman in Can-Am but also by Bobby Rahal in two Canadian Can-Am events. Raced again by Trueman in Cam-Am in early 1978. Sold at some point to Rahal's father Michael G. Rahal who sold it to John Timken (Lyme, CT) in July 1978. Timken raced it for the rest of that season and into 1979. Marcus Pye recalls that Timken crashed it at some point but kept the damaged car for many years. In the late 1990s, Timken sold it to Fred Kaimer (Concord, CA) who raced it in vintage events. Still being raced by Kaimer in 2013. Sold to Bobby Rahal in 2021.
- Lola T332 [HU51] (Evan Noyes): See full history: Lola T332 HU51.
- McLaren M6B/M8 [M6B 50-09(B)] (Leonard Janke): One of two cars to have stemmed from a McLaren M6B chassis 50-09. This car was originally raced by Jerry Titus in 1968 but wrecked prior to the Fuji race and rebuilt on a new M6B tub. This second iteration was then crashed by Jay Hills and rebuilt on a M12 tub. The tub from Hills' crash was later sold Keith Germane and built up as a M12 and then rebuilt as a M8 before being sold to Leonard Janke for the 1974 Can-Am. Janke drove this car again in the 1977 Can-Am. It is described as 50-09(B) here as was the second iteration of this divided car.
- Lola T294 [T292 HU40] (Steven Payne-Herbert): Described consistently as the "prototype" T292, HU40 first appeared at Jarama 5 Nov 1972 where it was raced by Richard Scott. It was then Guy Edwards' works car throughout 1973 after which it was updated to T294 specification and sold by Lola to Martin Raymond for 1974. It went to Stewart Chubb for 1975 and continued to race in the European series. In 1976, Chubb sold the car to Steven Payne-Herbert and it was used in Can-Am and SCCA BSR racing until 1980. Payne-Herbert kept the car until 1989 when it was sold for vintage racing and, three owners later, it was being offered for sale by Grand Prix Classics in February 2011.
- Bazeley Mk.1 (Andrew Bazeley): Andrew Bazeley (San Diego, CA) raced the Bazeley Special in Can-Am in 1977. He qualified ninth out of 19 at his first race, at Laguna Seca in June, but was the first retirement. At Sears Point in September he qualified 15th out of 25, and finished an impressive seventh of the 14 finishers. Finally at Riverside in October, he qualified 20th of 34 qualifiers, and finished 12th of 21 finishers. The car was reportedly cannibalised to make the Bazeley Mk 2.
- Lola T332/Riley [HU49] (Jerry Karl): See full history: Lola T332 HU49.
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' original results.
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