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Can-Am Challenge Race

Dallas (Fair Park), 7 Jul 1984

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Michael Roe VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8
#2 Dallas Motorsports Inc. (see note 1)
50 1h 46m 58.143s
67.982 mph
2 Jim Crawford March 847 [02] - Chevrolet V8
#0 RK Fibers
50 1h 47m 06.439s
3 Juan Manuel Fangio II (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
#20 Genoa Racing
49
4 Charles Monk Frissbee-Lola T333 - Chevrolet V8
#30 Monk Racing
49
5 Kim Campbell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [20] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
#44 Tom Mitchell Racing
48
6 Phil Compton Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#45 Texas American Racing Team
48
7 Enrique Mansilla (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 - BMW M12/7
#4 Different Drummer Racing (see note 2)
48
8 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 3)
46
9 Clive Bush Conquest B2 - Chevrolet V8
#43 Lafayette Racing
46
10 Ron Canizares (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 812 [9] - Hart 420R
#8 Ares Sports (see note 4)
46
11 Armando Trentini (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7
#22 Fiorano Sports Cars (see note 5)
43
12 John Gunn Phoenix 84 [JG-1-001 GTP] - Chevrolet V8
#99 Phoenix Racing (see note 6)
37
13 Gerre Payvis Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU19] - Chevrolet V8
#31 Race Power (see note 7)
34 DNF?
14 Rod Cusumano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#7 RGC Financial Racing
33 DNF
15 Bill Tempero Theodore TY02 [1?] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Zena Jeans Racing
21 DNF
16 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#14 Output Improvements (see note 8)
17 Accident damge
17 Mike Freberg (Can-Am) 3.8-litre Ralt RT1/Cicale - Chevrolet 229 ci V6
#33 Mike Freberg Racing (see note 9)
9 DNF
18 Cheryl Glass (Can-Am 2l) Van Diemen 682 - Volkswagen
#41
6 DNF
19 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
#73 (see note 10)
6 DNF
20 Robert Meyer Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#39 Hohstadt Meyer
2 Accident
21 David Leslie Lola T332 [HU49] - Chevrolet V8
#9 GTS Racing/Racing for Britain
(see note 11)
2 Accident
22 Mark Rose Lola T332 [T330 HU16] - Chevrolet V8
#17 Texas American Racing Team (see note 12)
0 DNF
23 Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] - Hart 420R
#0 Hill Racing (see note 13)
0 DNF
DNS Bill Vincent (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Yorkshire KV3 - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
#10
Did not start
DNS Walter Lechner (Can-Am) 3-litre Williams FW07C [15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#55 Walter Lechner Racing School
(see note 14)
Did not start
DNS Bill Blackledge (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA84 [March 812] - Hart 420R
#67 Elite Racing
Did not start
DNS Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#69 Elite Racing (see note 15)
Did not start
(Cam drive belt)
DNSC Cheryl Glass (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman T850 [HU2-2] - Hart 420R
#5 Ausca Racing (see note 16)
Did not start (crashed)
DNA Jim Cooke Lola T333CS [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Canadian Spirit Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Marzio Romano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
#20 Genoa Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Sylvain Perigny (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
#50 Roy & Perigny Performance
Did not arrive
DNA Larry Clain (Can-Am) Lola T400 [HU10?]
#77 Clain Racing
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Michael Roe (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8 1m 44.299s
2 Juan Manuel Fangio II (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R 1m 49.19s
3 Kim Campbell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [20] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger 1m 49.674s
4 Bertil Roos * (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
5 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 5-litre March 847 [02] - Chevrolet V8 1m 51.849s
6 Enrique Mansilla (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 - BMW M12/7 1m 53.828s
7 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 54.825s
8 Charles Monk (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333 - Chevrolet V8 1m 54.276s
9 Walter Lechner * (Can-Am) 3-litre Williams FW07C [15] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 56.421s
10 Phil Compton (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8 1m 56.978s
11 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor 1m 57.057s
12 John Gunn (Can-Am) 5-litre Phoenix 84 [JG-1-001 GTP] - Chevrolet V8 1m 57.789s
13 Ron Canizares (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 812 [9] - Hart 420R 1m 58.697s
14 Robert Meyer (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8 1m 59.797s
15 Rod Cusumano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R 2m 00.85s
16 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre Theodore TY02 [1?] - Chevrolet V8 2m 02.924s
17 Gerre Payvis (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU19] - Chevrolet V8 2m 05.581s
18 Armando Trentini (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7 2m 06.448s
19 Clive Bush (Can-Am) 5-litre Conquest B2 - Chevrolet V8 2m 07.031s
20 Mark Rose (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU16] - Chevrolet V8 2m 07.923s
21 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor 2m 10.469s
22 David Leslie (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU49] - Chevrolet V8 2m 11.623s
23 Mike Freberg (Can-Am) 3.8-litre Ralt RT1/Cicale - Chevrolet 229 ci V6 3m 27.769s
24 Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] - Hart 420R 4m 14.177s
25 Cheryl Glass * (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman T850 [HU2-2] - Hart 420R
25 Cheryl Glass (Can-Am 2l) Van Diemen 682 - Volkswagen 4m 23.259s
 
* 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. March 822 (Enrique Mansilla): Greg Sorrentino's Different Drummer Racing ran a sports car bodied March 822 for Enrique Mansilla in Can-Am racing in early 1984. After three races, he left the team, and the car was taken over by Rod Cusumano (Summit, NJ). The March then remained with Sorrentino until February 1988, when it was sold to British GT racer Eddie McLurg, and raced in the Thundersports race at Snetterton in July 1988, where it was disqualified in a dispute over its allowed weight. McLurg ran the car as a F2 in 1989, winning the British libre series, but then refitted the Can-Am bodywork to use it in Interserie from 1989 to 1992. It was later used in libre racing as a F2, then in EuroBOSS up to 1998. In April 2019, it was still sitting in McLurg's garage, partly dismantled.
  3. Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  4. March 812 [9] (Ron Canizares): Martin Spetz observed the number '812-009' on Canizares' March 812-Hart at Road Atlanta in 1984.
  5. Osella PA9B/84 [126] (Armando Trentini): Martin Spetz observed the number 'Osella PA9B/84-126' on Trentini's Osella at Road Atlanta in 1984. As Mancini's car was also entered by Fiorano Sports Cars of Houston, as Trentini's had been, it is assumed to be the same car.
  6. Phoenix 84 [JG-1-001 GTP] (John Gunn): Martin Spetz noted "'83 JG-1-001 GTP" against Gunn's "Phoenix 84" at Road Atlanta in 1984, positively identifying it as the same JG1 that Gunn drove in IMSA GTP events in 1983 and 1984. At Green Valley in Oct 1984, Gunn's car is listed as Phoenix 85 and this may have been a new car.
  7. Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU19] (Gerre Payvis): See full history: Lola T330 HU19.
  8. 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.
  9. Ralt RT1/Cicale (Mike Freberg): Hugh Kleinpeter (Key Biscayne, FL/Hiawassee, GA) had a Cicale-bodied Ralt RT1 for Can-Am in 1979, but only appeared once, at Road America in July where he failed to start. He retained the car for 1980, again appearing only once in Can-Am, at Road Atlanta in September, but also appeared at least once in SCCA Nationals, scoring six points in Southeast Division A Sports Racing. For 1981, the car was sold to John Graham (Willowdale, Ontario) and entered by Midland Racing Enterprises for him in three Can-Am races that season. He returned for 1982, but after competing in two early-season races, the car was not seen until driven by Scott Goodyear at Mosport Park in September. The Cicale-Ralt then went to Chuck Storrie, who installed a Chevrolet V6 engine for the 1983 Can-Am season. Mike Freberg drove the car for Storrie Racing but it did not prove competitive with the 5-litre cars in its class. Freberg drove it again in early 1984 as a Mike Freberg Racing entry. Subsequent history unknown, but this may be the ex-Cicale Ralt RT1 that later turned up in Northern Ireland.
  10. Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] (Bill Hill): New to Chuck Willis's CRW Racing (Anaheim, CA) and leased to Jean de la Bruyere (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) for Max Mizejewski (Woodland Hills, CA) to race in SCCA Formula B in 1971 as "The Edmonton Flyer". De la Bruyere then split from CRW and Ron Dykes (Marina del Rey, CA) then took over the 71Bm for Pro Formula B races and SCCA Nationals for the rest of 1971. Sold to Bob Newton (Cupertino, CA) and run in Pro FB and SCCA Nationals in 1972, 1973 and 1974. It was also raced by Craig Fraser (Santa Cruz, CA) in 1973 and 1974 before Newton's last known appearance in it in late 1974. To Jim Van Horn (Orange, CA) and raced in Cal Club Regionals in late 1975. Van Horn bought a newer Chevron B27 for 1976, but returned to the March for 1977, which was rebuilt to 76B specification by Marc Bahner and fitted with a BDA engine. The car was registered with the SCCA in September 1977, but curiously used the chassis number of a March 722, 722-38. Van Horn raced this car up to 1980. To Bill Hill (Olympia, WA) in 1981, fitted with a Mazda engine and a sports car body and raced the car in SCCA ASR and in Can-Am as the "Marzda" or the "Banana Crate". Crashed in a SCCA Regional (NW Region) at Olympia Airport in September 1986. Hill then bought a Lola T360 and the March chassis stayed in the rafters of his garage for many years. After Hill died, the car was sold to Phil Creighton (Georgia) in mid-2017, and then by him to Kevan McLurg (Brighton, UK) in 2018. Sold to Bruce Balchin (Southampton) in July 2019.
  11. Lola T332 [HU49] (David Leslie): See full history: Lola T332 HU49.
  12. Lola T332 [T330 HU16] (Mark Rose): See full history: Lola T330 HU16.
  13. Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] (Jeremy Hill): Jeremy Hill's 1984-86 'Photon' was based on a March 78B Formula Atlantic car but fitted with a 2-litre Hart 420R engine, and a Frissbee-inspired body. A later advert for the car on Race-cars.com gives the car as March 78B/15, an ex-Brack car used for a season by Hill in Formula Atlantic before being converted to Can-Am spec.
  14. Williams FW07C [15] (Walter Lechner): Built new in 1981, Williams FW07C/15 was raced by Alan Jones at Monaco, and by Keke Rosberg at Long Beach in 1982. It was then sold to Colin Bennett Racing and fitted with a 3.8-litre DFV for Mike Wilds to race in the 1983 British Open series. Wilds won the first race, only for the series to be cancelled. The car was converted to Can-Am spec for 1984, but was wrecked by Walter Lechner at Trois-Rivières. Rebuilt on a new chassis, it was a rental car in Interserie before being crashed again. Lechner sold it to an American who raced it in US historic racing (HGP) from 1992 to 1995. Five subsequent owners have raced it in HGP, TGP and Masters F1.
  15. 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.
  16. Toleman T850 [HU2-2] (Cheryl Glass): New to Docking Spitzley for Kenny Acheson to race in F2 in 1981. Identified by Autosport as Acheson's car at Silverstone in March, and presumably the same car used up to his accident at Pau. The car at Pau was a write off, but at the start of 1982, Autosport reported that Carlo Rossi was racing the ex-Acheson chassis with revised bodywork for the Docking Spitzley team. Sold to Eddie Wachs' Ausca Racing when the F2 season ended in August, and fitted with fenders by Docking for Can-Am racing. Wachs' regular car in 1982, and also used by him in 1983 and early 1984. Also driven by Cheryl Glass, Bill Alsup and Wally Dallenbach in 1984. The car is then unknown until June 1994, when Frank Zucchi (Livermore, CA) raced it in a San Francisco Region SCCA vintage event at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Raced by Zucchi in VARA events later that year. Next seen just over a year later, when it was bought by Paul Flowers (Dothan, Alabama) from Robert W. Keelips (Deland, FL) in February 1996. Flowers entered it as a #17 1980 Toleman F2 at the 5th Annual Jefferson 500 at Summit Point in May 1996. He also raced it in the SVRA Zippo Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1999. Seen again in 2004, by which time it was being prepared for him by Lee Chapman. Reported to have been raced until 2010, and then sold to Takuya Arai (New Paltz, NY) who only uses it for track days.

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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