Can-Am Challenge Race
Road Atlanta, 14 May 1978
|1||Alan Jones||Lola T333CS [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
|48||1h 01m 50.563s
|2||Al Holbert||Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing, Ltd. (see note 1)
|48||1h 02m 26.339s
|3||Warwick Brown||Lola T333CS [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Racing Team VDS
|4||John Gunn||Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn's Goodies (see note 2)
|5||Bob Nagel||Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Nagel Racing Enterprises (see note 3)
|6||Bill Tempero||Chevron B78C - Chevrolet V8
#15 Cloverleaf Texaco
|7||Michael Brayton||Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 4)
|8||S Peter Smith||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B19/B21 [71-06] - Ford
#54 Red Roof Inns
|9||Vern Schuppan||Elfin MR8A-C  - Chevrolet V8
#11 Vern Schuppan/Robert Boxx (see note 5)
|10||T. Patrick McGonegle||Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#17 McGonegle Racing (see note 6)
|11||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Spyder NF-10 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Newman-Freeman Racing
|12||Horst Kroll||Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
|13||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Shadow DN6C [3A] - Dodge V8
#0 Shadow Cars
|14||Howard Kelly||Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#30 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 7)
|15||Alain de Cadenet||(sports) Mirage GR7 - Ford
#4 British Post Office
|16||Michael L. Allen||Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8
#59 Allen & Weber Racing (see note 8)
|17||E. B. Lunken||(sports) 1.8-litre March 73S  - Cosworth FVC
#61 E. B. Lunken Racing (see note 9)
|18||Jim Trueman||(sports) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford BDX Swindon
#25 Red Roof Inns (see note 10)
|19||Randolph Townsend||Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8
#00 Shadow Cars
|20||Tom Spalding||Schkee DB1  - Chevrolet V8
#7 Tom Spalding Racing
|21||Warren Purdy||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Cosworth FVC
#51 Warren Purdy
|22||Don Chab||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B19/B26 - Ford
#52 C & H Specialties
|DNSC||John Morton||Lola T332/T333 ['K2'] - Chevrolet V8
||Did not start (crashed)|
All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.
|1||Alan Jones||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU7] - Chevrolet V8||1m 16.026s|
|2||Warwick Brown||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU1] - Chevrolet V8||1m 17.41s|
|3||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-10 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8||1m 17.489s|
|4||Al Holbert||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8||1m 17.495s|
|5||Vern Schuppan||(Can-Am) 5-litre Elfin MR8A-C  - Chevrolet V8||1m 17.955s|
|6||Tom Spalding||(Can-Am) 5-litre Schkee DB1  - Chevrolet V8||1m 19.032s|
|7||John Gunn||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8||1m 19.516s|
|8||Bob Nagel||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8||1m 20.583s|
|9||Bill Tempero||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B78C - Chevrolet V8||1m 23.671s|
|10||Jim Trueman||(sports) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford BDX Swindon||1m 24.735s|
|11||Horst Kroll||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8||1m 25.584s|
|12||S Peter Smith||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B19/B21 [71-06] - Ford|
|13||Randolph Townsend||(Can-Am) 5-litre Shadow DN10 - Dodge V8|
|14||Michael L. Allen||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8|
|15||Alain de Cadenet||(sports) Mirage GR7 - Ford||1m 26.2s|
|16||Michael Brayton||(Can-Am) 5-litre Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8|
|17||Howard Kelly||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8|
|18||E. B. Lunken||(sports) 1.8-litre March 73S  - Cosworth FVC|
|19||Don Chab||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B19/B26 - Ford|
|20||Jean-Pierre Jarier||(Can-Am) 5-litre Shadow DN6C [3A] - Dodge V8|
|21||T. Patrick McGonegle||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8|
|22||Warren Purdy||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Cosworth FVC|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T332 [HU30] (Al Holbert): See full history: Lola T332 HU30.
- Lola T332 [HU47] (John Gunn): See full history: Lola T332 HU47.
- Lola T332/Riley [HU33] (Bob Nagel): See full history: Lola T332 HU33.
- 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.
- Elfin MR8A-C  (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.
- 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 T330 [HU2] (Howard Kelly): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
- Lola T332 [HU46] (Michael L. Allen): See full history: Lola T332 HU46.
- 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 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.
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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