Can-Am Challenge Race
Brainerd, 19 Aug 1979
|1||Jacky Ickx||Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
|40||1h 01m 29.53s
|2||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Newman-Freeman Racing
|40||1h 01m 57.85s
|3||Bobby Rahal||Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
|4||Geoff Lees||Lola T333CS/Riley [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Racing Team VDS
|5||Bill Tempero||Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Bill Tempero Racing (see note 1)
|6||Michael L. Allen||Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Don Weber
|7||Mike Hall||(sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Ford
United Racing (see note 2)
|8||Tim Evans||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG
#51 Diversified Engineering Services
|9||Randolph Townsend||Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8
#13 Newman-Freeman Racing
|10||Gary Gove||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD
#52 Pete Lovely (see note 3)
|11||Horst Kroll||Lola [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 4)
|12||Michael Brayton||Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 5)
|13||Al Holbert||Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing, Ltd.
|14||Dean Dietrich||March 76A  - Chevrolet V8
#43 (see note 6)
|15||Duane Eitel||Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
#23 E-K Racing
|16||Jeff Miller||(Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Lola T496 - Kohler
(see note 7)
|17||Jerry Hansen||Lola T333CS [HU3?] - Chevrolet V8
#44 Midwest Federal
|18||Vern Schuppan||Elfin MR8A-C  - Chevrolet V8
Vern Schuppan (see note 8)
|19||Dan Johnson||Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 9)
|20||James Woodruff||Lola T430 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
Titan-Woodruff Brothers (see note 10)
|21||Rocky Moran||Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8
#58 American Spirit Racing
|22||John Morton||Lola T333CS [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#46 John Morton Racing
|23||Leonard Janke||Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56? Janke Auto
|24||Keke Rosberg||Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Newman-Freeman Racing
|DNS||Jim Gustafson||March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 11)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Thomas C. Jones||March 74A  - Chevrolet V8
(see note 12)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Rick Villate||(sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU65] - Ford BDG
#26 RVR Inc (see note 13)
|Did not start|
All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.
|1||Keke Rosberg||(Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.249s|
|2||Bobby Rahal||(Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.8s|
|3||Jacky Ickx||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.819s|
|4||Jerry Hansen||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU3?] - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.35s|
|5||Al Holbert||(Can-Am) 5-litre Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.437s|
|6||Geoff Lees||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS/Riley [HU1] - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.757s|
|7||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.802s|
|8||John Morton||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU8] - Chevrolet V8||1m 28.443s|
|9||Rocky Moran||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8||1m 30.508s|
|10||Vern Schuppan||(Can-Am) 5-litre Elfin MR8A-C  - Chevrolet V8||1m 31.16s|
|11||Randolph Townsend||(Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8||1m 31.561s|
|12||Bill Tempero||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8||1m 31.897s|
|13||Dan Johnson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8||1m 33.308s|
|14||Michael L. Allen||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8||1m 33.624s|
|15||Leonard Janke||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8||1m 33.782s|
|16||Tim Evans||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG||1m 34.714s|
|17||Dean Dietrich||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 76A  - Chevrolet V8||1m 35.174s|
|18||Horst Kroll||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 36.815s|
|19||Mike Hall||(sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Ford||1m 37.097s|
|20||Gary Gove||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD||1m 37.482s|
|21||Jeff Miller||(Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Lola T496 - Kohler||1m 39.699s|
|22||Duane Eitel||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8||1m 41.96s|
|23||Rick Villate *||(sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU65] - Ford BDG||1m 42.169s|
|24||Jim Gustafson *||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 46.533s|
|25||James Woodruff||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8||1m 52.331s|
|26||Michael Brayton||(Can-Am) 5-litre Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8|
|27||Thomas C. Jones *||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 74A  - Chevrolet V8|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] (Bill Tempero): See full history: Lola T332 HU30.
- 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).
- Chevron B26 [74-08] (Gary Gove): After the closure of Red Rose Racing, Roger Hire struck a deal to run works-assisted Chevron B26s in 1974 under the name Forge Mill Racing. John Lepp ran the main car and Rafael Barrios joined the team to run a second B26, now positively identified as chassis 74-08. This car only raced once in 1975 but was then bought by Robin Smith to be used in endurance and Interserie in 1976. Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) acquired it for Can-Am in early 1977 and raced it for three seasons, winning the Pacific Coast title in 1978 and the last BSR title at the Run-Offs. It went to John Graham in Canada for the 1981 season and then to Luc Behar-Bannelier for 1982. The B26 was sold to Gil Baird for Thundersports in England in 1983 then to Richard Piper for another three seasons during which time it was converted to DFV power before moving to Ireland in the late 1980s where it stayed for nearly 15 years. It was sold back to the US again around 2003 and has raced in US vintage racing.
- Lola [T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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] (Dan Johnson): 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 T430 [HU3] (James Woodruff): Haas Racing spare car for Brian Redman US 1976 (qualified 4th at Road America but not raced during the season). Duane Smith (Milwaukee, WI) and used in SCCA Formula A in 1978. Converted to Can-Am specification and raced in a handful of Can-Am races in 1979 and 1980 by James Woodruff (Ravenna, OH), better known as guitar maker "Woody James", who died in 2015. The car evidently returned to Duane Smith, as it was sold by him to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in 1988. To Todd Stewart (Christchurch, NZ) late 2002 and won on its historic racng debut in the 2003/04 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival series race at Sandown Park Nov 2003.
- March 73A [4-2] (Jim Gustafson): See full history: March 73A/4.
- 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.
- 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.
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