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Can-Am Challenge Race

Sears Point, 9 Oct 1983

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jacques Villeneuve Sr Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8
#6 Canadian Tire
50 1h 14m 22.702s
101.764 mph
2 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 3.3-litre Ensign N180B [MN15] - Cosworth DFL V8
#7 Fernley Racing
50 1h 14m 24.27s
3 Michael Roe VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8
#26 Norwood-Walker Racing (see note 1)
49
4 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 2)
47
5 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#2 Elite Racing (see note 3)
47
6 Charles Monk Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#30 Charles Monk Racing
46
7 Frank Joyce Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#51 Fel-Pro Racing
45
8 Gary Gove (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [249] - Ford BDD
#87 Norman Racing
45
9 Clive Bush Conquest B2 - Chevrolet V8
#43
45
10 Walt Bohren Escort - Chevrolet V8
#10 Herb Adams Racing
43
11 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#42 Zimmer Racing (see note 4)
42
12 Robert Meyer Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#39 Hohstadt Meyer Racing
42
13 Marzio Romano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
#20 Genoa Racing
41 Mechanical
14 John Graham (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#16 RK Racing Summit
39
15 Robb Woltring Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8
#3
37
16 Merle Brennan Frissbee-Lola T332 ["76-13"] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Brennan
33 Spin
17 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman TG280 [03] - Hart 420R
#15 Ausca International Racing (see note 5)
4 Mechanical
18 John McDonald (unknown) R.S. MK II
#45
1 Mechanical
19 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am) 3.5-litre Brabham BT29 [11] - Oldsmobile V8
#34 Kehoe Racing (see note 6)
1 Mechanical
DNS Andy Ratcliffe McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
#14 Ratcliff Racing
Did not start

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

Qualifying
1 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8 1m 23.703s
2 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 3.3-litre Ensign N180B [MN15] - Cosworth DFL V8
3 Michael Roe (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8
4 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
5 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R 1m 30.569s
6 Charles Monk (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
7 Marzio Romano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
8 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman TG280 [03] - Hart 420R
9 Clive Bush (Can-Am) 5-litre Conquest B2 - Chevrolet V8
10 Robert Meyer (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
11 Frank Joyce (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
12 Robb Woltring (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8
13 Gary Gove (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [249] - Ford BDD
14 Andy Ratcliffe * (Can-Am) 5-litre McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
15 John Graham (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
16 Merle Brennan (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T332 ["76-13"] - Chevrolet V8
17 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
18 Walt Bohren (Can-Am) 5-litre Escort - Chevrolet V8
19 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am) 3.5-litre Brabham BT29 [11] - Oldsmobile V8
20 John McDonald (unknown) R.S. MK II
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. VDS 002 (Michael Roe): New for the VDS team in 1982 and raced that season by Al Holbert, but exactly when he used VDS-001 and when he used VDS-002 is still uncertain. Acquired by Norwood-Walker Racing for 1983, together with the brand new VDS-003, but VDS-003 was destroyed at its first race. VDS-002 was driven by Michael Roe in 1983. The team was renamed Dallas Motorsports Inc for 1984 and VDS-002 was modified to side-radiator form for 1984, joined later by a new car VDS-004 in normal front-radiator form. Roe dominated the season, winning seven races. VDS-002 reappeared once more at Mosport Park at the start of 1985 when Dallas Motorsports boss Don Walker crashed it heavily in practice. The car remained dismantled for some time while Jack Smith repaired the monocoque. Dallas Motorsports cars and equipment were sold to Frank D'Aquanno (Monterey, CA) in 1987, and in 1989 VDS-002 was restored and sold to Jimmy Landrum (Dallas, TX). In August 2014, Craig McCormick reported that this car was "in a private collection in the Dallas, TX area, completely restored".
  2. Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  3. Marguey CA82 [March 782] (Bertil Roos): 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.
  4. Rondel M1 [201] (Randy Zimmer): The prototype Rondel was used for testing in late 1972, before the first production cars were built. It was taken to Hockenheim 8 April 1973 as team spare, and to Pau as a spare for Tim Schenken, but not raced. Its history is then unknown until 1974, and it appears it has been acquired by Fred Opert to use as a set of spares. After Mike Rand crashed his car, wrecking the monocoque, 201 was supplied to Ron Ignatowski (Milford, CT), who rebuilt Rand's car on 201's tub with a BRM 1-litre engine and used it in SCCA Formula C. In 1980 it was sold to Randy Zimmer (Buffalo, NY) as the basis for his Can-Am car. He raced it with a Volkswagen engine in 1982 and then with a Mazda rotary engine from 1983 to 1986. Zimmer then entered it for Jim Del Russo in the 1987 CAT championship, and raced it a few more times himself in 1989, 1990 and 1994. Then retained for many years until Zimmer sold it to Seann Burgess (Markdale, Ontario) in 2019.
  5. Toleman TG280 [03] (Eddie Wachs): New to Docking Spitzley Racing for Huub Rothengatter to race in F2 in 1980. Raced once by John Lewis in the Aurora series at the end of that season. Retained by Docking Spitzley for 1981 when it was run by Bob Salisbury for Ricardo LondoƱo. Retained by Docking Spitzley for 1982 when it was rebuilt with new rear suspension and "totally new bodywork" for Thierry Tassin to drive. Sold to Eddie Wachs' Ausca Racing at the end of the F2 season, and converted to Can-Am specification for Horst Kwech to drive. Retained for 1983, when it was raced by Wachs. Retained again for 1984, when it was driven by Wachs, Bill Alsup, and Enrique Mansilla. Subsequent history unresolved.
  6. 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.

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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