Can-Am Challenge Race
Brainerd, 10 Aug 1980
|1||Patrick Tambay||Lola T530 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Teams (see note 1)
|40||1h 01m 25.99s
|2||Al Holbert||Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
#14 Holbert Racing
|40||1h 01m 32.66s
|3||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Lola T530 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Newman Racing (see note 2)
|4||Bobby Rahal||Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
|5||Danny Sullivan||Lola T530 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8
#60 Garvin Brown Racing (see note 3)
|6||Geoff Brabham||Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team VDS (see note 4)
|7||Rocky Moran||Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Rocky Moran (see note 5)
|8||Ricardo Londoño||Lola T530 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8
#33 Londono Bridge Racing Team (see note 6)
|9||Bobby Brown||Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
#79 Bobby Brown Racing
|10||Michael L. Allen||Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
#59 Don Weber
|11||Gary Gove||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79  - Hart 420R
#52 Pete Lovely VW
|12||Richard Guider||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing (see note 7)
|13||Horst Kroll||Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 8)
|14||Gerre Payvis||Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
#31 Race Power (see note 9)
|15||Chris Strong||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06] - Ford BDG
#96 Chris Strong Racing (see note 10)
|16||Randolph Townsend||Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8
#13 Spirit of Nevada
|17||Bill Blackledge||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80  - Hart 420R
#42 Bill Blackledge
|12||Stopped on course|
|18||Michael Brayton||Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 11)
|19||Jim Gustafson||March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8
#27 Greer's Pier Marina (see note 12)
|DNS||Duane Eitel||Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
#23 EKR Racing MLR Chevron
|Did not start|
|DNS||Jerry Hansen||Lola T333CS [HU3?] - Chevrolet V8
#44 Midwest Federal
|Did not start
|DNS||Leonard Janke||Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto
|Did not start|
|DNS||Robert Goulet||McKee Mk 18C ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
#92 Frontier (see note 13)
|Did not start|
|DNSC||Stephen South||Spyder NF-11 - Chevrolet V8
#4T Newman Racing
|Did not start (crashed)|
|T/C||Stephen South||Lola T530 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Newman Racing (see note 14)
|(Crashed in practice)|
All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.
|1||Geoff Brabham||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8||1m 25.748s|
|2||Danny Sullivan||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8||1m 25.809s|
|3||Al Holbert||(Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.083s|
|4||Patrick Tambay||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.652s|
|5||Bobby Rahal||(Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8||1m 26.894s|
|6||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.254s|
|7||Jerry Hansen *||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU3?] - Chevrolet V8|
|8||Rocky Moran||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.467s|
|9||Ricardo Londoño||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8|
|10||Bobby Brown||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8|
|11||Stephen South(T)||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8|
|12||Randolph Townsend||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU12] - Chevrolet V8|
|13||Gary Gove||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79  - Hart 420R|
|14||Michael L. Allen||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8|
|15||Horst Kroll||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8|
|16||Richard Guider||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R|
|17||Chris Strong||(Sports racing) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06] - Ford BDG|
|18||Michael Brayton||(Can-Am) 5-litre Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8|
|19||Bill Blackledge||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80  - Hart 420R|
|20||Jim Gustafson||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8|
|21||Gerre Payvis||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8|
|22||Robert Goulet *||(Can-Am) 5-litre McKee Mk 18C ['1'] - Chevrolet V8|
|23||Duane Eitel *||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T530 [HU2] (Patrick Tambay): Built March 1980. New to Haas Racing for 1980 and raced by Patrick Tambay, winning the Can-Am championship. Retained for 1981 when it was fitted with a taller rollhoop and raced by Jeff Wood but wrecked in practice at Watkins Glen in July 1981. Race reports say that Haas acquired VDS's backup T530 to replace it, so this car effectively ceased to exist at this point.
- Lola T530 [HU5] (Elliot Forbes-Robinson): Built April 1980. New to Budweiser Newman 1980 and raced by Elliot Forbes-Robinson as the team's #2 Budweiser entry. Unknown after 1980 until sold by Mike Brayton to Burke Ratcliffe (UK) 1986 to be used in the Thundersports series. Referred to as one former Burke Ratcliffe crew member as "the Budweiser show car", it is unclear when this car was raced. Sold with the other BRR cars to Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) in 1989 and then via Michael Duncan (Los Altos, CA, later Colchester, CT) to Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand).
- Lola T530 [HU9] (Danny Sullivan): Built July 1980. New to Garvin Brown Racing for driver Danny Sullivan, replacing the Intrepid GB1. Raced for the rest of 1980 but Garvin Brown then acquired the ex-Rosberg car from Newman Racing and Sullivan raced that car instead at the start of 1981. Assumed for now that HU9 remained as Sullivan's backup car through the 1981 season. Sold to Mike Freberg (Toronto, Ontario) and raced by him through the 1982 Can-Am season but heavily damaged at Laguna Seca in October 1982. Mike Brayton is reported to have bought this car, repaired it and sold it to Burke Ratcliffe but the exact details are not known. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lola T530 [HU4] (Geoff Brabham): Built April 1980. New to VDS Racing for 1980 and used as Geoff Brabham's T-car for the first part of the season, becoming his race car after HU3 was destroyed in a practice accident at Road America in July. Retained for 1981 and raced by Brabham until the team's new T530-based VDS-001 was ready. Sold to Rex Ramsey 1982 but very heavily damaged in an accident at Laguna Seca in October. The damaged and disassembled car sold to Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) 1988 and sold by him to Paul Sauer (Woodside, CA). In 2002, the car was still completely apart with the new tub still under construction.
- Lola T332 [HU29] (Rocky Moran): See full history: Lola T332 HU29.
- Lola T530 [HU6] (Ricardo Londoño): Built April 1980. New to Ricardo Londoño (Medellín, Columbia) and raced in nine out of ten of that season's Can-Am Challenge races. He almost always qualified in the top ten, and his best results was fifth place at Mosport Park in June. Londoño progressed, briefly, to F1 for 1981, and the Lola went to an unknown Columbian, spenind some time abandoned and used as a flower bed. It was rescured in the late 1980s by Oswaldo Farjado and restored for racing by 1990. Farjado and José Clopatofsky Londoño (Bogotá, Colombia) raced it in the Bogotá Six Hours in 1990, 1991 and 1992, with guest drivers Rob Wilson the first two years and David Sears in 1992. The team won the race in 1991, but retired the other two years.
- Marguey CA80 [March 782] (Richard Guider): Richard Guider (Ben Lomond, CA) bought a March 782 from the Toleman team at the end of 1979, and fitted it with Tony Cicale's original blue 1978/79 body from the Cicale-Ralt Can-Am car. Guider named this creation the Marguey CA80, and raced it in Can-Am in 1980 and 1981. Guider shared the car with Bertil Roos at the August 1981 Lumbermens 500. Guider crashed on the final lap at Trois-Rivières in September 1981 and the car was extensively damaged.
- Lola T332 [T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
- Lola T332 [HU53] (Gerre Payvis): See full history: Lola T332 HU53.
- Chevron B36 [36-76-06] (Chris Strong): 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.
- 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 73A [4-2] (Jim Gustafson): See full history: March 73A/4.
- McKee Mk 18C ['1'] (Robert Goulet): New for Dick DeJarld (Joliet, IL) in 1972, and raced in SCCA Formula A events. Appeared at the Michigan Pro F5000 event in 1973 but did not qualify from the heat. Raced by DeJarld until sold to Ed Midgley (Geneva, IL) for 1976, when it was also raced by Jerry Hansen at Blackhawk Farms. To Robert Goulet (Wauwatsoa, WI) for 1977, and raced in SCCA Formula A. Goulet converted the McKee to sports car bodywork for 1979, appearing at Brainerd in July that year in the ASR class. Raced in Can-Am in 1980 and 1981, then renamed the "Sabre 001" for Can-Am again in 1983, and again in 1985. To Bob McKee and raced by Bill Scott in CAT races in 1986 and 1987. Then restored to its original specification for new owner Tom Simpson (Peoria, IL), and used in vintage racing, appearing at the Chicago Historic Races at Road America in 1988. It ran alongside several other McKee cars in historic races at Road America in the early 1990s, and also ran at HSR Mid-Ohio in August 1993. After a 20-year gap, Simpson ran the Mk 18 again in historic events in 2006.
- Lola T530 [HU7] (Stephen South): Built April 1980. New to Budweiser Newman 1980 and raced by Stephen South as the team's #4 Budweiser entry. Crashed heavily by South in practice at Brainerd in August. The team bought another T530 from RJ Nelkin so this car presumably destroyed. However, this car is said to be one of the cars sold by Mike Brayton to Burke Ratcliffe (UK) 1986 to be used in the Thundersports series. Reported to have been built up as a show car for the team and then to have been sold to Peter Kaus's Rosso Bianco Collection (Aschaffenburg, Germany) in 1990. However, no mention has been found of the car in this connection and it seems more likely that it ceased to exist after South's accident..
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.