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Can-Am Challenge Race

Road America, 20 Jul 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Al Holbert Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
#14 Holbert Racing
40 1h 26m 28.86s
108.498 mph
2 Geoff Brabham Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#3T Racing Team VDS (see note 1)
40 1h 26m 55.95s
3 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Lola T530 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Newman Racing (see note 2)
40
4 Bobby Rahal Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
40
5 Stephen South Lola T530 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Newman Racing (see note 3)
39
6 Ricardo Londoño Lola T530 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8
#33 Londono Bridge Racing Team (see note 4)
39
7 Bobby Brown Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
#79 Bobby Brown Racing
39
8 Gary Gove (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#52 Pete Lovely VW
39
9 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Chevron B27 - Hart 420R
#69 Roos Racing School (see note 5)
37
10 John Gunn Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn Racing (see note 6)
37
11 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-106] - Hart 420R
#48 Red Roof Inns
36
12 Horst Kroll Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 7)
36
13 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing (see note 8)
36
14 Chris Strong (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06] - Ford BDG
#96 Chris Strong Racing (see note 9)
35
15 Ray Petry (sports) 1.8-litre Chevron B21 [72-3] - Cosworth BDE
#38 Ray Petry (see note 10)
35
16 Robert J. Nelkin Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#67 Nelkin Racing (see note 11)
32 Mechanical
17 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
#58 Roman Pechmann
30 Flat tyre
18 Michael Brayton Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 12)
30
19 Leonard Janke Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto
29 DNF
20 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Brabham BT29 [11] - Ford
#34 Whirlpool (see note 13)
26 Driver ill
21 Joe Salyer (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26/B31 - Ford
#78
22 Blown tyre
22 Jeff Miller (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Lola T496 - Kohler
#70 Wynnfurst (see note 14)
22 Fuel system
23 Mike Hall (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Ford
#66 United Racing (see note 15)
21 Blown engine
24 Robert Goulet McKee Mk 18C ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
#92 Frontier (see note 16)
21 Black flag
25 Mario Andretti Lola T530 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Teams (see note 17)
18 Throttle spring
26 Danny Sullivan Intrepid GB1 - Chevrolet V8
#60 Garvin Brown Racing
14 Losing fluid
27 Michael L. Allen Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
#59 Don Weber
8 Engine
DNS Tom Klausler Schkee DB3 [1] - Chevrolet V8
#6 Schkee Cars
Did not start
DNS Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-149] - Hart 420R
#47 Red Roof Inns
Did not start
DNS Larry Johnson Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#83 LaRa Co (see note 18)
Did not start
T/C Geoff Brabham Lola T530 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team VDS (see note 19)
(Crashed in practice)
UNKE Michel Prévost (sports) 1.8-litre Lola T212 [HU34] - Cosworth FVC
#74 Michel C. Prevost
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Stephen South (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8 2m 04.099s 2m 06.208s 2m 03.359s
2 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8 2m 04.753s 2m 03.442s 2m 10.478s
3 Mario Andretti (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 2m 03.535s 2m 04.974s 2m 05.293s
4 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8 2m 04.094s 2m 05.253s 2m 05.006s
5 Geoff Brabham (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8 2m 04.235s
6 Bobby Rahal (Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8 2m 06.159s 2m 06.224s 2m 07.653s
7 Ricardo Londoño (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8 2m 08.850s 2m 08.038s 2m 08.062s
8 Danny Sullivan (Can-Am) 5-litre Intrepid GB1 - Chevrolet V8 2m 08.339s 2m 13.116s 2m 10.145s
9 Bobby Brown (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8 2m 10.268s 2m 10.039s 2m 09.934s
10 Gary Gove (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R 2m 10.648s 2m 38.777s 2m 10.748s
11 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Chevron B27 - Hart 420R 2m 13.709s 2m 13.314s 2m 11.730s
12 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R 2m 17.697s 2m 14.921s 2m 12.323s
13 Tom Klausler * (Can-Am) 5-litre Schkee DB3 [1] - Chevrolet V8 2m 30.329s 2m 12.383s
14 Michael L. Allen (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8 2m 17.885s 2m 22.234s 2m 14.113s
15 Tony Cicale * (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-149] - Hart 420R 2m 14.564s 2m 14.124s 2m 14.834s
16 Mike Hall (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Ford 2m 16.871s 2m 14.964s 2m 14.316s
17 Robert J. Nelkin (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 2m 14.510s
18 John Gunn (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8 2m 14.766s
19 Michael Brayton (Can-Am) 5-litre Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8 2m 35.755s 2m 16.021s 2m 20.978s
20 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 2m 22.523s 2m 16.338s
21 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-106] - Hart 420R 2m 21.754s 2m 24.730s 2m 18.977s
22 Jeff Miller (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Lola T496 - Kohler 2m 21.010s 2m 21.298s 2m 20.482s
23 Leonard Janke (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8 2m 33.871s 2m 22.395s 2m 20.487s
24 Chris Strong (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06] - Ford BDG 2m 26.115s 2m 30.679s 2m 21.228s
25 Larry Johnson * (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8 2m 23.558s 2m 22.943s
26 Ray Petry (sports) 1.8-litre Chevron B21 [72-3] - Cosworth BDE 2m 29.378s 2m 24.492s 2m 26.795s
27 Robert Goulet (Can-Am) 5-litre McKee Mk 18C ['1'] - Chevrolet V8 2m 27.072s 2m 25.237s
28 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford 2m 32.944s 2m 25.902s
29 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Brabham BT29 [11] - Ford 7m 27.799s 2m 30.623s
30 Joe Salyer (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26/B31 - Ford 2m 31.871s 2m 32.785s
- Geoff Brabham(T) (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8 2m 02.099s 2m 22.185s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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..
  4. 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.
  5. Chevron B27 (Bertil Roos): Having raced a Chevron B27 with a 1.6-litre Cosworth BDD and fenders in Can-Am in 1979, Bertil Roos (Blakeslee, PA) acquired another Chevron B27 for 1980, and fitted a full sports car body and a 2-litre Hart 420R engine. He raced this six times in Can-Am in 1980, finishing in the top 10 every time. According to Doug Waters, this 1980 car was sold to someone in Pennsylvania for regional racing. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Lola T332 [HU47] (John Gunn): See full history: Lola T332 HU47.
  7. Lola T332 [T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  8. 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, and Roos then raced the Marguey in 1982, a couple of races in 1983, and the first half of the 1984 season. Guider then took over the car, but crashed heavily in practice at Green Valley in October 1984, breaking both ankles and wrecking the March.
  9. 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.
  10. Chevron B21 [72-3] (Ray Petry): Sold new to Peter Smith and raced by him and co-driver David Welpton through 1972 and 1973 primarily in distance events across Europe but also in some short British events. Updated to B23 specification for 1974 and raced by Smith with various co-drivers including Rupert Keegan. Co-drivers in 1975 included John Turner. The car was replaced by the ex-KVG/John Hine Chevron B31 for 1976 and was sold to Ray Petry (Boston, MA) for SCCA racing and then for the new Can-Am series that started in 1977. Ray used an ex-Rondel 1840cc BDE engine that he'd bought from Tony Cicale. Raced in Can-Am 1978 to 1980. Ray later sold the car to dealer Mike Gue of Essex Racing, who sold it to Canada. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Lola T530 [HU8] (Robert J. Nelkin): Built May 1980. New to RJ Nelkin (Roslyn, NY/Woodbury, NY) for Can-Am in 1980 and rebuilt on fresh tub after an accident. Sold by Nelkin to Newman Racing August 1980 but they changed their mind and the car quickly passed to Garvin Brown Racing for Danny Sullivan in the last half of 1980. Retained for 1981. Sold to Mike Brayton and raced in Can-Am in 1982. Later sold to Burke Ratcliffe to be used in Thundersports in England in 1986 but wrecked in a testing accident at Brands Hatch in June 1986. Retubbed and rebuilt by Jack Smith of VDS. Believed to be the car raced by Andy Ratcliffe (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire), Mike Wilds and David Leslie in 1986, winning the last two races of the season. Also then likely to be the car shared by Wilds and Ian Flux through the 1987 season, winning two races, and then by Flux and other in 1988, when it dominated the series. Then to Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) 1989 and then to Bud Bennett of RM Motorsport (Wixom, Michigan) 1996. Completely restored by Bennett to Garvin Brown livery. It then went via either Scot Kennedy or Ron Coburn to Norm Goldrich (Cincinnati,OH) 1998 and was still with him in September 2001. Sold to Gregg Jackson (El Paso, TX) 2002 then to Kim Baker 2009 or 2010 and then to Larry Galbo (Buffalo, NY) 2011.
  12. 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.
  13. Brabham BT29 [11] (Jerry Kehoe): Bill Boyer (Tucson, AZ) raced an orange #88 Brabham BT29 in two early rounds of the 1970 SCCA Formula B championship, both in California, retiring both times. He was not seen again in the car but advertised it in August 1972, over two years later, complete with Vegantune FLC engine and said to be "ready for pro races". In 1973 or 1974, it was bought from dealer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR) by Jerry Kehoe (Santa Rosa, CA), who recalls having seen it at Max Mizejewski's MRE operation in Santa Ana maybe a year earlier. Mizejewski had raced a MRE-entered BT29 at Sears Point 16 Sep 1973 and this is assumed to be the same car. Presumably the Formula B car Kehoe drove in SCCA races at Sears Point in 1975 and 1976. By 1977, Kehoe had fitted it with a Cosworth FVC engine and was using in in Formula A in SCCA Nationals. Kehoe later rebuilt the car as a sports car and used it in Can-Am in 1980 as a 2-litre car, then with a 3.5-litre Oldsmobille from 1981 to 1983 and finally with Frissbee bodywork in 1984. It later went to James Connell (Pollack Pines,CA) and Fred Schrameck (Orangeville, CA) . It changed hands again in 2007.
  14. 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.
  15. 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).
  16. 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.
  17. Lola T530 [HU2] (Mario Andretti): 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.
  18. Lola T332 [HU30] (Larry Johnson): See full history: Lola T332 HU30.
  19. Lola T530 [HU3] (Geoff Brabham): Built March 1980. New to VDS Racing for 1980 and used as Geoff Brabham's main race car until it was destroyed in his accident in practice at Road America in July 1980. In 2006, the chassis plate to this car was auctioned on Ebay by Ben Severin and sold to Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand), who had previously acquired some surviving components of HU3 that had been brought to New Zealand by ex-VDS mechanic Ian Algie.

Sources

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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