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Can-Am Challenge Race

Road America, 23 Jul 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alan Jones Lola T333CS [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
30 1h 04m 27.8s
111.686 mph
2 Warwick Brown Lola T333CS [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Racing Team VDS
30 1h 04m 34.84s
3 Al Holbert Lola T333CS [HU9] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing, Ltd.
30
4 George Follmer Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
30
5 John Morton Lola T333CS [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#46 John Morton
30
6 Vern Schuppan Elfin MR8A-C [8772] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Vern Schuppan/Robert Boxx (see note 1)
29 Out of fuel
7 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Spyder NF-10 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Newman-Freeman Racing
29
8 Bill Tempero Chevron B78C - Chevrolet V8
#15 Cloverleaf Texaco
29
9 Bob Nagel Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Nagel Racing Enterprises (see note 2)
29
10 Tom Spalding Schkee DB1 [2] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Tom Spalding Racing
29
11 Horst Kroll Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
28
12 Mike Roche Lola T332 [HU42] - Chevrolet V8
#80 Roche Racing (see note 3)
28
13 Leonard Janke Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto
28
14 Michael Brayton Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 4)
28
15 Dean Dietrich March 76A [2] - Chevrolet V8
#43 Dietrich Racing Ltd. (see note 5)
27
16 Dave Johnson (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford BDG
#60 P.S.B. Speakers
27
17 Dwight Zillig Lola T330/T332 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
#35 Phantom Racing Team (see note 6)
27
18 T. Patrick McGonegle Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#17 McGonegle Racing (see note 7)
26
19 Mort Platt (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06] - Ford BDG
#96 Billy Goat Industries Inc (see note 8)
26
20 Mike Hall (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Ford
#69 United Racing (see note 9)
25 Flat tyre
21 E. B. Lunken (sports) 1.8-litre March 73S [14] - Cosworth FVC
#61 E. B. Lunken Racing (see note 10)
25
22 Gordon Hamilton Jr (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-77-05] - Ford BDG
#89 Ticker Tape Racing (see note 11)
24 DNF
23 Jerry Hansen Lola T333CS [HU3?] - Chevrolet V8
#44 Midwest Federal
23 Flat tyre
24 Rick Villate (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU65] - Ford BDG
#26 RVR Inc, Lake Forest, IL (see note 12)
23 Accident
25 Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1 [RT1-94] - Ford
#47 Cicale Champion Racing
20 Accident
26 Randolph Townsend Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8
#0 Shadow Cars
16 Leaking fluid
27 Warren Purdy (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Cosworth FVC
#51 Warren Purdy
16 Leaking oil
28 Jeff Miller (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Lola T496 - Kohler
#90 Wynnfurst Ltd, Plymouth, WI (entered as 1600cc T496-Kohler)
(see note 13)
15
29 Dan Hartill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Osprey SR1 [Brabham BT38-1] - Cosworth FVC
#50 Dan Harthil (see note 14)
12
30 John Gunn Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn's Goodies (see note 15)
10
31 Howard Kelly Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#30 Howard Kelly Racing (see note 16)
10 Brakes
32 Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8
#0 Shadow Cars
Transmission
33 Michael L. Allen Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8
#59 Don Weber (see note 17)
DNF?
34 Brian Burgess (sports) 2-litre Chevron B21/B23 [72-27] - Hart 420R
#13 Dog Ring Services
DNF?
35 Rocky Moran Lola T333CS [T332 HU29] - Chevrolet V8
#58 Rocky Moran (see note 18)
DNF?

All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Alan Jones (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU7] - Chevrolet V8 2m 07.33s
2 Warwick Brown (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 2m 08.412s
3 George Follmer (Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8 2m 09.469s
4 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU9] - Chevrolet V8 2m 10.148s
5 Jerry Hansen (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU3?] - Chevrolet V8 2m 10.776s
6 Vern Schuppan (Can-Am) 5-litre Elfin MR8A-C [8772] - Chevrolet V8 2m 10.792s
7 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-10 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8 2m 11.425s
8 John Morton (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 2m 12.119s
9 Jean-Pierre Jarier (Can-Am) 5-litre Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8 2m 12.19s
10 Tom Spalding (Can-Am) 5-litre Schkee DB1 [2] - Chevrolet V8 2m 12.263s
11 Rocky Moran (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 HU29] - Chevrolet V8 2m 12.628s
12 John Gunn (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8 2m 13.5s
13 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B78C - Chevrolet V8 2m 15.389s
14 Bob Nagel (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8 2m 15.672s
15 Howard Kelly (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 2m 16.481s
16 Mike Hall (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Ford 2m 18.952s
17 Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1 [RT1-94] - Ford 2m 19.738s
18 Leonard Janke (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8 2m 19.954s
19 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 2m 20.678s
20 Michael L. Allen (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8 2m 20.681s
21 Michael Brayton (Can-Am) 5-litre Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8 2m 20.812s
22 Mike Roche (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU42] - Chevrolet V8 2m 20.816s
23 Randolph Townsend (Can-Am) 5-litre Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8 2m 21.839s
24 Dean Dietrich (Can-Am) 5-litre March 76A [2] - Chevrolet V8 2m 25.271s
25 Rick Villate (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU65] - Ford BDG 2m 25.813s
26 Dave Johnson (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford BDG 2m 26.786s
27 Dan Hartill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Osprey SR1 [Brabham BT38-1] - Cosworth FVC 2m 28.3s
28 Mort Platt (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06] - Ford BDG 2m 28.351s
29 Jeff Miller (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Lola T496 - Kohler 2m 29.046s
30 Warren Purdy (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Cosworth FVC 2m 29.286s
31 Brian Burgess (sports) 2-litre Chevron B21/B23 [72-27] - Hart 420R 2m 34.514s
32 E. B. Lunken (sports) 1.8-litre March 73S [14] - Cosworth FVC 2m 35.343s
33 T. Patrick McGonegle (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8 2m 37.155s
34 Gordon Hamilton Jr (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-77-05] - Ford BDG 2m 42.856s
35 Dwight Zillig (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T330/T332 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8 2m 42.921s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Elfin MR8A-C [8772] (Vern Schuppan): New to Vern Schuppan (Adelaide, Australia) and raced as part of Ansett Team Elfin in 1977 Australian Internationals. Converted to Can-Am form, and raced by Schuppan in the Can-Am series in late 1977, and again in 1978 and 1979. Next seen when advertised by Stuart Bradbury (Phoenix, AZ) in July 1984. Advertised by Chuck Haines in 1990. To John Wales and Ron Gouttman (NSW, Australia) in 1990, and raced by Gouttman in Australia in Can-Am form in 1992/93. To Laurie Donaher (NSW) 1998, then to Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia) in 2001. Restored to F5000 form, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series in 2003/04. To Bill Hemming (Victoria, Australia) 2005, who raced it in the Tasman Revival series from late 2006 onwards.
  2. Lola T332/Riley [HU33] (Bob Nagel): See full history: Lola T332 HU33.
  3. Lola T332 [HU42] (Mike Roche): See full history: Lola T332 HU42.
  4. 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.
  5. March 76A [2] (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.
  6. Lola T330/T332 [HU3] (Dwight Zillig): See full history: Lola T330 HU3.
  7. 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.
  8. Chevron B36 [36-76-06] (Mort Platt): New to Mort Platt (Kansas City, MO) and used in SCCA BSR racing from 1976 to 1978, qualifying for the Run-Offs each year. Also used in Can-Am races at Road America in July 1977 and July 1978. Then to Chris Strong (Lawrence, KS) and used in Can-Am in 1979 and 1980. Then probably the car raced by Dick Leppla in Can-Am in 1981 and still being raced in BSR several years later. Then via Ed Henning (early 1990s), Rudy Junco and Steve Fusillo to Brian Stark (Mequon, WI) by around 2004. Still with Stark in 2013.
  9. 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).
  10. March 73S [14] (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.
  11. Chevron B36 [36-77-05] (Gordon Hamilton Jr): New to Gordon Hamilton Jr (Fairway, KS) for SCCA BSR racing and also for selected Can-Am events in 1978 and 1979. The engine was identified in entry lists as a 1975cc Cosworth, indicating a Cosworth BDG. According to a later advert by Graber Sportgarage AG (Toffen, Switzerland) seen in February 2014, the car was sold by Hamilton to Dr Nile Lestrange (Ft Lauderdale, FL) in 1980. Lestrange continued to race the car in BSR, winning the SCCA Southeast Division in 1980 and again qualifying for the Run-Offs in 1981. Subsequent history unknown until for sale by Graber Sportgarage.
  12. 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 N├╝rburgring 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.
  13. Lola T496 (Jeff Miller): Four Lola T496s were built in 1976, intended for SCCA C Sports Racing with Cosworth BDH engines. Jeff Miller bought one of the cars but fitted a two stroke Kohler engine, originally developed for snowmobiles. Miller won the Run-Offs in this CSR car in 1978 and also competed in Can-Am between 1978 and 1980, running the car with a 6-cylinder 1600cc engine. Many years later, Miller bought the car back from the man he'd sold it to and continues to run it in vintage events in the Midwest.
  14. Osprey SR1 [Brabham BT38-1] (Dan Hartill): New to Graham Hill for Formula 2 in 1972, first appearing at the Pau Grand Prix in early May. The car was being run for Hill by Kaydon Racing, and was sponsored by Jägermeister, a German liqueur maker. The car was chassis number BT38-1, which is odd as Hill did not even order it until a dozen others were racing, so it may have been to simplify carnet arangements, as he had already taken his previous car, BT36-1, to race at Hockenheim. Hill was also leading the Brabham F1 team, so did not do a full season of F2. The BT38 remained unused at Graham Hill Racing during 1973, and was sold at the end of the year to Tom Ogilvy for Tony Charnell (Dumfries, Scotland) to drive in libre in 1974, still with a 2-litre BDA. It was sold to Dean Dietrich (Hinsdale, IL) for 1975, and was raced in Formula B. Dietrich advertised it during 1976, and raced it again in Formula A in 1977. Dan Hartill (Indianapolis, IN) and Jack Finucan then acquired it from Dietrich, together with a body from Dietrich's Lola T294 and two 2-litre Cosworth FVC engines. They fitted the body and engines to the BT38, and ran it in Can-Am as the Osprey SR1 and ran it in a few races. Its history after 1978 is not yet understood, but at some point, believed to be around 1986, it was acquired from the US by Alan Miles, and brought back to England. In 2017, Jon Waggitt of SSCC Motorsport (Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire) acquired the car and started a thorough restoration. Sold in 2020 to Oliver Schimpf, son of the J├Ągermeister Racing Principal Eckhard "Ecki" Schimpf.
  15. Lola T332 [HU47] (John Gunn): See full history: Lola T332 HU47.
  16. Lola T330 [HU2] (Howard Kelly): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  17. Lola T332 [HU46] (Michael L. Allen): See full history: Lola T332 HU46.
  18. Lola T333CS [T332 HU29] (Rocky Moran): See full history: Lola T332 HU29.

Sources

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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