Can-Am Challenge Race
Watkins Glen, 8 Jul 1979
|1||Keke Rosberg||Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Newman-Freeman Racing
|55||1h 37m 15.53s
|2||Geoff Lees||Lola T333CS/Riley [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Racing Team VDS
|55||1h 37m 41.895s
|3||Vern Schuppan||Elfin MR8A-C  - Chevrolet V8
#11 Thomas W. Barrett/Theodore Racing
(see note 1)
|4||Bill Tempero||Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Bill Tempero Racing (see note 2)
|5||Horst Kroll||Lola [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 3)
|6||Bobby Brown||Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
#79 Bobby Brown Racing
|7||John Morton||Lola T333CS [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#46 John Morton Racing
|8||Jacky Ickx||Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
|9||Gary Gove||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD
#52 Pete Lovely Volkswagen (see note 4)
|10||Roman Pechmann||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
#59 Roman Pechmann
|11||Tim Evans||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG
#51 Diversified Engineering Services
|12||John McCormack||(Can-Am) 4-litre McLaren M23  - Leyland P76 Repco V8
#28 John McCormack
|13||Randolph Townsend||Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8
#13 Newman-Freeman Racing
|30||Broken oil line|
|14||Tony Cicale||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-149] - Hart 420R
#47 Cicale Champion Racing
|15||Gerre Payvis||Lola T333CS [T330 HU19] - Chevrolet V8
#31 Christina B. Snyder (see note 5)
|16||Bertil Roos||(Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDD
#34 Roos Racing School, Blakeslee, PA
(see note 6)
|17||Bobby Rahal||Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
|18||S Peter Smith||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Ford
#54 Red Roof Inns
|19||Al Holbert||Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing, Ltd.
|20||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Newman-Freeman Racing
|21||Leonard Janke||Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto
|22||John Gunn||Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn's Goodies (see note 7)
|23||John Timken||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford
#94 Essex Racing (see note 8)
|24||Rocky Moran||Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8
#58 American Spirit Racing
|25||Chuck Smith||(Sports racing) 1.8-litre Chevron B19 [71-6] - Cosworth FVC
#72 Charles L. Smith, Middletown, Ohio
|26||John Sorbello||Sorbello GM5  - Chevrolet V8
#19 (see note 9)
|DNS||T. Patrick McGonegle||Lola T332/Riley [HU49] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 10)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Robert E. Dugo||Lola - Chevrolet V8
#97 Robert E. Dugo, Bath, NY
|Did not start|
|DNP||Jacky Ickx||Lola T333CS [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#1T Carl A. Haas Racing Team, Ltd.
|Did not take part in official practice
All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.
|1||Keke Rosberg||(Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-02] - Chevrolet V8||1m 40.203s|
|2||Bobby Rahal||(Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8||1m 40.999s|
|3||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-01] - Chevrolet V8||1m 41.826s|
|4||Jacky Ickx||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8||1m 42.496s|
|5||Geoff Lees||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS/Riley [HU1] - Chevrolet V8||1m 43.281s|
|6||Al Holbert||(Can-Am) 5-litre Hogan HR-001 - Chevrolet V8||1m 43.497s|
|7||John Morton||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU8] - Chevrolet V8||1m 45.503s|
|8||Rocky Moran||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8||1m 45.904s|
|9||Bobby Brown||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8||1m 45.94s|
|10||Vern Schuppan||(Can-Am) 5-litre Elfin MR8A-C  - Chevrolet V8||1m 46.506s|
|11||Horst Kroll||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 48.555s|
|12||John Gunn||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8||1m 49.249s|
|13||Tony Cicale||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-149] - Hart 420R||1m 49.476s|
|14||Bill Tempero||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] - Chevrolet V8||1m 49.633s|
|15||Tim Evans||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU27] - Ford BDG||1m 52.589s|
|16||S Peter Smith||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Ford||1m 53.003s|
|17||Randolph Townsend||(Can-Am) 5-litre Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8||1m 53.313s|
|18||John McCormack||(Can-Am) 4-litre McLaren M23  - Leyland P76 Repco V8||1m 53.742s|
|19||John Timken||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T296 [HU88] - Ford||1m 54.847s|
|20||Gary Gove||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD||1m 55.009s|
|21||Bertil Roos||(Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDD||1m 55.43s|
|22||Leonard Janke||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8||1m 56.105s|
|23||Gerre Payvis||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T330 HU19] - Chevrolet V8||1m 56.896s|
|24||Roman Pechmann||(Sports racing) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford||1m 59.113s|
|25||John Sorbello||(Can-Am) 5-litre Sorbello GM5  - Chevrolet V8||2m 00.326s|
|26||Chuck Smith||(Sports racing) 1.8-litre Chevron B19 [71-6] - Cosworth FVC||2m 09.399s|
|27||T. Patrick McGonegle *||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU49] - Chevrolet V8||2m 14.564s|
|28||Robert E. Dugo *||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola - Chevrolet V8||3m 50.437s|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- Lola T332/T332C [T332 HU30] (Bill Tempero): See full history: Lola T332 HU30.
- Lola [T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
- 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 T333CS [T330 HU19] (Gerre Payvis): See full history: Lola T330 HU19.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-04] (Bertil Roos): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to Doug Shierson Racing. According to Chevron the car used by James King at Mallory Park before being shipped to the USA. (King and Mead owned their own cars in the Shierson team.) Badly damaged by King at Mosport in July 1974 and rebuilt around a new tub. Formula Mar 75 p29 reports, 'King is trying to sell the B27 he drove in 1974 under Shierson's management'. (King still has the plate for this car.) Sold to Lloyd Callaway (Chicago, IL) and used in SCCA racing in 1975 and early 1976, and in some pro races. Callaway advises that the car was sold to Fred Opert in early 1976 in p/x for a new Chevron B34. It was bought from Opert by John Connolly (Brooklyn, NY) who raced it in local SCCA and EMRA events in 1976 and 1977. After Connolly bought a new Ralt RT1 in early 1978, he advertised the Chevron B27 in September 1978 and sold it to Bertil Roos (Blakeslee, PA), who won the Formula Atlantic race at the SCCA 'Bonus' National at Charlotte in April 1979. He then attached fenders to the car and used it in Can-Am, still with its 1600cc Cosworth BDD engine. Roos bought a different Chevron B27 for 1980, and, according to Doug Waters, his 1979 car was sold to someone in California who planned to use it as a sports car with an Alfa Romeo V8 engine. Many years later, in 1999, Sandy Dells Racing (San Diego, CA) sold two B27 tubs to Jim Sparks (San Diego, CA). Dells restored one of these to running condition for Sparks, then sold the other tub and parts on Sparks' behalf to Mike Winebrenner (Louisville, KY) in 2004. Winebrenner was able to identify his monocoque by its SCCA Chicago Region stamping as Lloyd Calloway's 1975 car, but the 74-04 chassis plate is on Sparks' car. Winebrenner's parts were sold in early 2009 to Bud Morrison (Tempe, AZ), who already owned 74-05 and 74-07. It would appear that Sparks' car is built on the original tub, and Morrison's is the replacement tub.
- Lola T332 [HU47] (John Gunn): See full history: Lola T332 HU47.
- Lola T296 [HU88] (John Timken): 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.
- Sorbello GM5  (John Sorbello): See full history: McRae GM1/005.
- Lola T332/Riley [HU49] (T. Patrick McGonegle): See full history: Lola T332 HU49.
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.