Can-Am Challenge Race

Watkins Glen, 5 Jul 1980

1 Patrick Tambay Lola T530 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Teams (see note 1)
55 1h 43m 00.493s
108.190 mph
2 Danny Sullivan Intrepid GB1 - Chevrolet V8
#60 Garvin Brown Racing
3 Al Holbert Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
#14 Holbert Racing, Inc.
4 Bobby Brown Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
#79 Bobby Brown Racing
5 Gary Gove (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#52 Pete Lovely VW
6 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
#58 Roman Pechmann
42 Out of gas
7 Bobby Rahal Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing/Herb Caplan
38 Broken upright
8 Geoff Brabham Lola T530 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team VDS (see note 2)
37 Accident
9 John Morton Frissbee [T332 'K1'] - Chevrolet V8
#15 Brad Frisselle Racing
37 Accident
10 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Chevron B27 - Hart 420R
#69 Roos Racing School (see note 3)
36 DNF
11 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing (see note 4)
12 Horst Kroll Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 5)
28 Broken gearbox
13 Ray Petry (sports) 1.8-litre Chevron B21 [72-3] - Cosworth BDE
#38 Ray Petry (see note 6)
18 Broken spark plug
14 Bob Roy (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre March 744/CF1 [74B-10] - Ford BDD
#41 Bob Roy (see note 7)
14 Broken shift lever
15 Steven Payne-Herbert (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU40] - Ford
#0 R. Steven Payne-Herbert (see note 8)
9 Blown engine
16 Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-149] - Hart 420R
#47 Red Roof Inns
4 Electrics
17 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Lola T530 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Newman Racing (see note 9)
3 Accident
18 Stephen South Lola T530 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Newman Racing (see note 10)
3 Accident
19 Robert J. Nelkin Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#67 Nelkin Racing (see note 11)
2 Accident
20 Michel Prévost (sports) 1.8-litre Lola T212 [HU34] - Cosworth FVC
Ecurie Autosport
2 Black flag
DNS Tom Klausler Schkee DB3 [1] - Chevrolet V8
#6 Schkee Cars/Computer Information Systems
Did not start
DNS Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-106] - Hart 420R
#48 Red Roof Inns
Did not start
DNA Michael Brayton Wolf-Brayton 001 - Chevrolet V8
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Dan Craddock Spyder NF-11 [CA-04] - Chevrolet V8
#18 Golden Gate Racing
Did not arrive
DNA John Gunn Lola T333CS [HU2?] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn Racing
Did not arrive
DNA E. B. Lunken (Can-Am 2l) March 73S/77S [14]
#61 Southern Diversified Engineering Services
(see note 13)
Did not arrive

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

1 John Morton (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee [T332 'K1'] - Chevrolet V8 1m 39.665s
2 Geoff Brabham (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8 1m 40.377s
3 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8 1m 40.784s
4 Patrick Tambay (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 41.516s
5 Stephen South (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8 1m 42.458s
6 Bobby Rahal (Can-Am) 5-litre Prophet - Chevrolet V8 1m 43.905s
7 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8 1m 44.113s
8 Bobby Brown (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8 1m 46.215s
9 Robert J. Nelkin (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1m 47.3s
10 Danny Sullivan (Can-Am) 5-litre Intrepid GB1 - Chevrolet V8 1m 47.602s
11 Gary Gove (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R 1m 50.285s
12 Tom Klausler * (Can-Am) 5-litre Schkee DB3 [1] - Chevrolet V8 1m 50.841s
13 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Chevron B27 - Hart 420R 1m 51.723s
14 Tony Cicale (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale Special [RT1-149] - Hart 420R 1m 52.027s
15 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 53.424s
16 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R 1m 54.041s
17 Ray Petry (sports) 1.8-litre Chevron B21 [72-3] - Cosworth BDE 1m 57.992s
18 Bob Roy (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre March 744/CF1 [74B-10] - Ford BDD 1m 58.492s
19 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford 1m 59.672s
20 Steven Payne-Herbert (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [T292 HU40] - Ford 2m 10.012s
21 Michel Prévost (sports) 1.8-litre Lola T212 [HU34] - Cosworth FVC 2m 14.109s
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Lola T332 [T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  6. 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.
  7. March 744/CF1 [74B-10] (Bob Roy): The early history of this car is unknown, but it may be the car raced by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) from Mosport Park in July 1974 onwards. By 1980 it was owned by Bob Roy ( Montréal, Quebec, Canada) and was being used in Can-Am. The car later went to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec), and was raced by him in Can-Am then CAT races from 1984 to 1987. At some point, Lanaro found the monocoque had bent due to the Can-Am car's downforce, and replaced the tub with that of 74B/12. The tub and associated parts from 74B/10 remained with Lanaro until he sold his remaining stock to David Clubine (Brantford, Ontario) in 2018.
  8. Lola T294 [T292 HU40] (Steven Payne-Herbert): Described consistently as the "prototype" T292, HU40 first appeared at Jarama 5 Nov 1972 where it was raced by Richard Scott. It was then Guy Edwards' works car throughout 1973 after which it was updated to T294 specification and sold by Lola to Martin Raymond for 1974. It went to Stewart Chubb for 1975 and continued to race in the European series. In 1976, Chubb sold the car to Steven Payne-Herbert and it was used in Can-Am and SCCA BSR racing until 1980. Payne-Herbert kept the car until 1989 when it was sold for vintage racing and, three owners later, it was being offered for sale by Grand Prix Classics in February 2011.
  9. 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).
  10. 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..
  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. March 73S/77S [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.


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