Can-Am Challenge Race
Mosport Park, 14 Jun 1981
|1||Teo Fabi||March 817 - Chevrolet V8
#6 Paul Newman Racing
|60||1h 16m 36.617s
|2||Geoff Brabham||Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team V.D.S. (see note 1)
|60||1h 16m 54.268s
|3||Danny Sullivan||Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Garvin Brown Racing (see note 2)
|4||Jeff Wood||Lola T530 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl Haas Racing Team, Ltd. (see note 3)
|5||Al Holbert||Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#14 CRC Chemicals
|6||Horst Kroll||Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 4)
|7||Richard Guider||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite (see note 5)
|8||Mike Freberg||Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#36 Horst Kroll Racing
|9||Roman Pechmann||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
#58 Roman Pechmann Racing
|10||S Peter Smith||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Hart 420R
#54 Red Roof Inns
|11||Jim Trueman||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79  - Hart 420R
#25 Red Roof Inns
|12||John Graham||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Ford BDG
#77 Midland Racing (see note 6)
|13||Bill Blackledge||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80  - Hart 420R
#42 Blackledge Racing
|14||Al Unser||March 817 - Chevrolet V8
#5 Paul Newman Racing
|15||Leonard Janke||Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8
#56 Janke Auto
|16||John Sorbello||(Can-Am) Sorbello GM5 
#19 Sorbello (see note 7)
|17||Dan Johnson||Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#38 Johnson Competition (see note 8)
|18||Graham McRae||McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
#22 Burt & Hal's Skoal Bandit
|19||Bob Roy||(Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre March 744/CF1 [74B-10] - Ford BDD
#44 COPES Plus (see note 9)
|DNA||Jake Jeppeson||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B23 - Ford
#9 Jeppesen Motoracing
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Rocky Moran||Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#10 American Spirit
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Dave Hoover||Lola T300/T333 [HU5] - Chevrolet V8
#20 Motorsports Technology
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Duane Eitel||Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Gary Gove||(Can-Am) 3-litre Williams FW07B  - Cosworth DFV V8
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||E. B. Lunken||(Can-Am 2l) March 73S/77S 
#61 Team 61 (see note 10)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Wayne Rutherford||(Can-Am) Lola T332
#62 S.F.D. Autotech
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.
|1||Teo Fabi||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 817 - Chevrolet V8||1m 10.763s|
|2||Geoff Brabham||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8|
|3||Al Unser||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 817 - Chevrolet V8|
|4||Danny Sullivan||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8|
|5||Al Holbert||(Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8|
|6||Jeff Wood||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8|
|7||Jim Trueman||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79  - Hart 420R|
|8||Dan Johnson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8|
|9||Richard Guider||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R|
|10||Mike Freberg||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8|
|11||Horst Kroll||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8|
|12||S Peter Smith||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Bobsy - Hart 420R|
|13||Leonard Janke||(Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley - Chevrolet V8|
|14||John Graham||(sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Ford BDG|
|15||Roman Pechmann||(sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford|
|16||Bob Roy||(Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre March 744/CF1 [74B-10] - Ford BDD|
|17||John Sorbello||(Can-Am) Sorbello GM5 |
Notes on the cars:
- 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 T530 [HU8] (Danny Sullivan): 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.
- Lola T530 [HU1] (Jeff Wood): Built December 1979. New to Haas Racing 1980 but only used as a test car. Team mechanics Tony Dowe and Don Harper both recall that there was only one race car used and that the test car was not raced. Retained for 1981 and photographs show that it kept its usual low rollhoop when HU2 was fitted with a taller rollhoop. Jeff Wood drove HU1 at the opening race but photographs show he drove HU2 elsewhere. The Haas team did not continue in Can-Am in 1982 and all the equipment, including both cars, was sold during the season to John Foulston (Dunsfold, Surrey) to be used in the forthcoming Thundersports series. Sold to Alan Fowler and used in libre racing at Castle Combe in 1984. By this time Foulston's usual car was yellow and had the high rollhoop but Fowler's was red and had a low rollhoop. Later to Pieter Baljet (Duncan, British Columbia, Canada), and Gerry Charlesworth reports that it was never fitted with the higher rollhoop.
- Lola T332 [T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
- 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.
- Chevron B26 [74-08] (John Graham): 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.
- Sorbello GM5  (John Sorbello): See full history: McRae GM1/005.
- Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] (Dan Johnson): New for 1973 season. Doug Shierson for Peter Gethin: raced in UK 1973 (won Race of Champions) and US 1973. To Roger Bighouse (Eastlake, OH): raced in US 1974 (7 races); US 1975 (4 races + 1 DNS) - Pat McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH): raced in US 1976 (1 race) and Can-Am 1977 (4 races + 1 DNS); probably the car entered by McGonegle as 'Mannix MX-2' in Can-Am 1978; advertised April 1979 - Danny Johnson (Kewanee, IL) 1979: raced in Can-Am 1979 (1 race), Can-Am 1981 (5 races), Can-Am 1982 (6 races) - Brian R Taylor (now Clive, Iowa) for Mike Engstrand (Des Moines, Iowa): raced in Can-Am 1985 (3 races) - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) - Anthony Taylor (Blackburn, UK) 2001: due to be rebuilt and raced in FORCE Historic F5000 series (UK) 2001. Then unknown until owned by Greg Thornton in 2011 and raced in UK and New Zealand 2011/12. Badly damaged in a fire at Thornton's garage in June 2012 but completely reconstructed.
- 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.
- March 73S/77S  (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.
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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