Can-Am Challenge Race

Mosport Park, 3 Jun 1979

1 Jacky Ickx Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
60 1h 17m 52.53s
113.673 mph
2 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Newman-Freeman Racing
60 1h 18m 18.73s
3 Geoff Lees Lola T333CS [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Racing Team VDS
60 1h 18m 23.14s
4 George Follmer Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
5 Al Holbert Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing, Ltd.
6 Horst Kroll Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Kroll's Auto Service Ltd (see note 1)
7 Tim Evans (Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG
#51 Diversified Engineering Services
8 Gary Gove (Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD
#52 Pete Lovely VW (see note 2)
9 Howard Kelly Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
#6 Nagel Racing Ent. (see note 3)
10 Randy Lewis Lola T332 [HU39] - Chevrolet V8
#0 Randy Lewis (see note 4)
11 Bill Tempero Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Bill Tempero Racing (see note 5)
47 Accident
12 E. B. Lunken (Sports racing) 2-litre March 73S [14] - BMW M12
#61 E. B. Lunken Engineering (see note 6)
30 Black flag
13 Keke Rosberg Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Newman-Freeman Racing
28 Accident
14 Randolph Townsend Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8
#13 Newman-Freeman Racing
25 Accident
15 Gary Hirsch (sports racing) 3-litre Porsche 908/02 [017]
#36 R&H Racing
16 S Peter Smith (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Ford
#54 Red Roof Inns Inc.
4 Clutch
17 Duane Eitel Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
#23 Eitel-Kehr Racing
3 Engine
18 John McCormack (Can-Am) 4.9-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 Repco V8
#28 John McCormack
2 Engine
19 Bobby Brown Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
#79 Bobby Brown Racing
1 Engine
DNS Rocky Moran Lola T333CS [T332 HU29] - Chevrolet V8
#58 American Spirit Racing (see note 7)
Did not start
DNSC Michael L. Allen Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Don Weber (see note 8)
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-94] - Hart 420R
#47 Cicale Champion Racing
Did not start (crashed)
T Horst Kroll Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#37T Horst Kroll Racing (see note 9)
(Only used in practice)
DNA Brian Burgess (Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B21/B23 [72-27] - Hart 420R
Dog Ring Services
Did not arrive
DNA Vern Schuppan Elfin MR8A-C [8772] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Vern Schuppan (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Rick Villate (Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU65] - Ford BDG
#26 RVR Inc (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Dean Dietrich March 76A [2] - Chevrolet V8
#43 Dietrich Racing Ltd (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Roman Pechmann (Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
#59 Roman Pechman
Did not arrive
DNA Robert J. Nelkin Lola T333CS [HU6?] - Chevrolet V8
#67 Nelkin Racing Inc.
Did not arrive
DNA Price Cobb Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
#68 Nelkin Racing Inc. (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Chuck Smith (Sports racing) 1.8-litre Chevron B19 [71-6] - Cosworth FVC
#72 Smith Racing Ltd
Did not arrive

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

1 Keke Rosberg (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.93s
2 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8 1m 13.53s
3 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8 1m 13.71s
4 Jacky Ickx (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8 1m 14.1s
5 George Follmer (Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8 1m 14.73s
6 Rocky Moran * (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 HU29] - Chevrolet V8 1m 14.88s
7 Geoff Lees (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.22s
8 Bobby Brown (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8 1m 17.41s
9 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8 1m 18.28s
10 Howard Kelly (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8 1m 19.11s
11 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 19.88s
12 Randolph Townsend (Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8 1m 21.35s
13 Michael L. Allen * (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8 1m 21.77s
14 Tim Evans (Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG 1m 22.37s
15 S Peter Smith (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Ford 1m 23.14s
16 Gary Gove (Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD 1m 23.54s
17 Randy Lewis (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU39] - Chevrolet V8 1m 24s
18 John McCormack (Can-Am) 4.9-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 Repco V8 1m 25.35s
19 Duane Eitel (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8 1m 25.98s
20 Gary Hirsch (sports racing) 3-litre Porsche 908/02 [017] - Porsche 1m 28.6s
21 E. B. Lunken (Sports racing) 2-litre March 73S [14] - BMW M12 1m 31.73s
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T332 [T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  2. 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.
  3. Lola T332/Riley [HU33] (Howard Kelly): See full history: Lola T332 HU33.
  4. Lola T332 [HU39] (Randy Lewis): See full history: Lola T332 HU39.
  5. Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] (Bill Tempero): See full history: Lola T332 HU30.
  6. 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.
  7. Lola T333CS [T332 HU29] (Rocky Moran): See full history: Lola T332 HU29.
  8. Lola T332 [HU46] (Michael L. Allen): See full history: Lola T332 HU46.
  9. Lola T300 [HU15] (Horst Kroll): Invoice date 30 Mar 1972 (sold to 'Haas', colour 'Yellow'). Horst Kroll (Canada) US 1972-1974; driven by Bert Kuehne US 1975 (5 races); Kroll US 1976; damaged in crash at Watkins Glen but rebuilt and converted to Can-Am. Kroll Can-Am 1977; rental car thereafter: e.g. Marcel Talbot Can-Am 1978 (1 race: Trois-Rivieres - 04 Sep 1978), Can-Am 1979 (1 entry in "T300": Road Atlanta - 06 May 1979, entry list only); Mike Freberg 1981; Duff Hubbard 1982; John Macaluso 1983; Walter Lechner 1984; Joe DeMarco 1985 and 1986; John Graham 1986. Rebuilt as "Frissbee KR5" for 1986. Mike Engstrand recalls driving Kroll's T300-based Can-Am car at St Louis and Hallet in 1986; used until 1987 - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) 1989 - Don Jensen (US) about 1998: used extensively in vintage racing still in Can-Am specification until 2007 - Andrew Kluver (Sydney, Australia) August 2007.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Lola T332 [HU53] (Price Cobb): See full history: Lola T332 HU53.


Note that 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' published results.

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