Can-Am Challenge Race
Mid-Ohio, 11 Jun 1978
|1||Alan Jones||Lola T333CS [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
|50||1h 12m 29.567s
|2||George Follmer||Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
|50||1h 13m 18.988s
|3||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Spyder NF-10 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Newman-Freeman Racing
|4||John Gunn||Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn's Goodies (see note 1)
|5||Howden Ganley||(sports racing) Mirage GR7 - Ford
#4 British Post Office
|6||Michael Brayton||Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 2)
|7||S Peter Smith||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B19/B21 [71-06] - Ford
#54 Red Roof Inns
|8||Warren Purdy||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Cosworth FVC
#51 Diversified Engineering
|9||Dave Johnson||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford BDG
#60 P.S.B. Speakers
|10||Horst Kroll||Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
|11||E. B. Lunken||(Sports racing) 1.8-litre March 73S  - Cosworth FVC
#61 E. B. Lunken Racing (see note 3)
|12||Randolph Townsend||Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8
#0 Shadow Cars
|13||Al Holbert||Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing, Ltd. (see note 4)
|14||Don Chab||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B19/B26 - Ford
#52 C & H Specialties
|15||Rick Villate||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU65] - Ford BDG
#26 RVR Inc (see note 5)
|16||Bob Nagel||Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Nagel Racing Enterprises (see note 6)
|17||Terry Whitlock||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B26/B31 - Ford
#73 Systems-Mechanical Cont.
|18||Jim Trueman||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford BDX Swindon
#25 Red Roof Inns (see note 7)
|19||Bill Tempero||Chevron B78C - Chevrolet V8
#15 Cloverleaf Texaco
|20||Warwick Brown||Lola T333CS [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Racing Team VDS
|21||Tom Spalding||Schkee DB1  - Chevrolet V8
#7 Tom Spalding Racing
|22||Howard Kelly||Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#30 Howard Kelly Racing (see note 8)
|23||Rainer Brezinka||(sports racing) 3-litre Porsche 908/02 
#38 Ranier [sic] Brezinka
|DNS||T. Patrick McGonegle||Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#17 McGonegle Racing (see note 9)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Dean Dietrich||March 76A  - Chevrolet V8
#43 Dietrich Racing Ltd. (see note 10)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Leonard Janke||Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto
|Did not start|
|DNS||Greg Sorrentino||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 77S [77ST-1] - Ford
#79 Greg Sorrentino (see note 11)
|Did not start|
|DNA||Hans-Joachim Stuck||Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8
#0 Shadow Cars
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Michael L. Allen||Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8
#59 Michael Allen (see note 12)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.
|1||Alan Jones||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU7] - Chevrolet V8||1m 23.589s|
|2||George Follmer||(Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8|
|3||Warwick Brown||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU1] - Chevrolet V8|
|4||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-10 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8|
|5||Bob Nagel||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8|
|6||Al Holbert||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8|
|7||Howden Ganley||(sports racing) Mirage GR7 - Ford|
|8||Howard Kelly||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8|
|9||Bill Tempero||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B78C - Chevrolet V8|
|10||Tom Spalding||(Can-Am) 5-litre Schkee DB1  - Chevrolet V8|
|11||Jim Trueman||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford BDX Swindon||1m 31.244s|
|12||S Peter Smith||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B19/B21 [71-06] - Ford|
|13||Michael Brayton||(Can-Am) 5-litre Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8|
|14||Rick Villate||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU65] - Ford BDG|
|15||Horst Kroll||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8|
|16||Warren Purdy||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Cosworth FVC|
|17||Dave Johnson||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford BDG|
|18||E. B. Lunken||(Sports racing) 1.8-litre March 73S  - Cosworth FVC|
|19||T. Patrick McGonegle *||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8|
|20||Rainer Brezinka||(sports racing) 3-litre Porsche 908/02  - Porsche|
|21||Terry Whitlock||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B26/B31 - Ford|
|22||Randolph Townsend||(Can-Am) 5-litre Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8|
|23||Greg Sorrentino *||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 77S [77ST-1] - Ford|
|24||Dean Dietrich *||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 76A  - Chevrolet V8|
|25||Don Chab||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B19/B26 - Ford|
|26||Leonard Janke *||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T332 [HU47] (John Gunn): See full history: Lola T332 HU47.
- Wolf-Brayton 001 (Michael Brayton): Michael Brayton (Newport Beach, CA) acquired a Talon Formula 5000 car for 1977, but previous history of the car is unknown. During 1977, he rebodied the car for SCCA A Sports Racing, and then raced the car, as the "Wolf-Brayton 001" in Can-Am from 1978 to 1981. The car was later acquired by Mike McComas, who was then under the impression it was the Wolf-Dallara WD1. He sold it to Tony Roberts and Duncan Fox in New Zealand in 2003, where it was restored to F5000 specification. Raced by Roberts in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2005, when it was sold to Aaron Burson, then raced by him from 2005 onwards.
- March 73S  (E. B. Lunken): Sold new to Henry Candler (Lakewood, CO) and used by him in a few British sport car races in May and June 1973, before he took it back to the US for SCCA racing in the BSR class. Candler soon decided the car was too quick for him, and he sold the car to his cousin, Edmund Backus Lunken (Cincinnati, Ohio), who entered his cars as E. B. Lunken, and was known to his friends as Ebby. Lunken first raced the car in 1977, then used it in the Can-Am series from 1978 to 1982. There has been some debate over the engine used in the 73S during this time, with some reports that it was a Ford, and others that it was a BMW. Irv Zwicker, who built engine for Ebby, says Lunken used BMW engine with Heidegger rods, Kugelfischer fuel injection and a proprietary intake cam. Lunken still had the car in 2006.
- Lola T332 [HU30] (Al Holbert): See full history: Lola T332 HU30.
- Lola T294 [T292 HU65] (Rick Villate): 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.
- Lola T332/Riley [HU33] (Bob Nagel): See full history: Lola T332 HU33.
- 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 T330 [HU2] (Howard Kelly): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
- 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.
- March 76A  (Dean Dietrich): For Doug Shierson using monocoque 'M76A:01' and gearbox DG300-445 and fitted with 5-litre Bartz-Chevrolet for US F5000 series. Run by Sid Taylor and driven by Alan Jones. First run at Silverstone 9 Jun 1976. Jones won on his debut at Watkins Glen on 11 Jul but drove a Lola T332C at the next race and the March was handed over to Bruce Allison, who failed to start. The car reappeared back in Shierson's possession at Riverside on 17 Oct, driven by Maurizio Flammini. The Italian qualified 13th but retired early from both his heat and the final with mechanical problems. To Dean Dietrich: raced in Can-Am 1978 (4 races); Can-Am 1979 (4 races). Dean recalls selling the car to someone in Texas but does not remember the name. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 77S [77ST-1] (Greg Sorrentino): 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 [HU46] (Michael L. Allen): See full history: Lola T332 HU46.
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.