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Can-Am Challenge Race

Lime Rock, 4 Aug 1984

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Michael Roe VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8
#2 Dallas Motorsports Inc. (see note 1)
80 1h 08m 08.106s
107.790 mph
2 Jim Crawford March 847 [03] - Chevrolet V8
#0 RK Racing
80 1h 08m 49.552s
3 Walter Lechner (Can-Am) 3-litre Williams FW07C [15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#55 Walter Lechner Racing School
(see note 2)
79
4 Kim Campbell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [20] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
#44 Mitchell/Won Race Place
79
5 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Kroll Racing (see note 3)
78
6 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman TG280 [03] - Hart 420R
#6 Ausca Racing (see note 4)
77
7 Bill Alsup (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman T850 [HU2-2] - Hart 420R
#5 Ausca Racing (see note 5)
74
8 Sylvain Perigny (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
#50 Sylvain Perigny ('Ralt-Mazda')
73
9 John Macaluso Lola T333CS [T332 HU45] - Chevrolet V8
#84 M & H Racing (see note 6)
71
10 Armando Trentini (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7
#22 Houston Can-Am Racers Inc. (see note 7)
70
11 Peter Greenfield (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Hart 420R
#41 Greenfield Industries
41
12 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#69 Elite Racing (see note 8)
39
13 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#14 Output Improvements (see note 9)
32
14 Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] - Hart 420R
#00 Hill Racing (see note 10)
32
15 Ron Canizares (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 812 [9] - Hart 420R
#8 Armaday Paper (see note 11)
25
16 Rod Cusumano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#7 RGC Financial Racing
19
17 Enrique Mansilla (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 - BMW M12/7
#4 Different Drummer Racing (see note 12)
15
18 Jim Gustafson Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
#27 Business meeting graphics (see note 13)
0

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

Qualifying
1 Michael Roe (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8 44.438s
2 Peter Greenfield (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Hart 420R 47.116s
3 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 5-litre March 847 [03] - Chevrolet V8 47.686s
4 Kim Campbell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [20] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger 47.84s
5 Walter Lechner (Can-Am) 3-litre Williams FW07C [15] - Cosworth DFV V8 48.123s
6 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 48.225s
7 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R 48.414s
8 Enrique Mansilla (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 - BMW M12/7 48.778s
9 Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] - Hart 420R 48.819s
10 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman TG280 [03] - Hart 420R 49.967s
11 Rod Cusumano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R 50.377s
12 Bill Alsup (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman T850 [HU2-2] - Hart 420R 50.461s
13 Sylvain Perigny (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor 50.939s
14 Ron Canizares (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 812 [9] - Hart 420R 51.01s
15 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor 52.892s
16 Armando Trentini (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7 54.787s
17 John Macaluso (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 HU45] - Chevrolet V8 56.161s
18 Jim Gustafson (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8 59.818s

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. 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.
  3. Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  4. 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 Londoño. 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.
  5. Toleman T850 [HU2-2] (Bill Alsup): 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.
  6. Lola T333CS [T332 HU45] (John Macaluso): See full history: Lola T332 HU45.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. March 812 [9] (Ron Canizares): Martin Spetz observed the number '812-009' on Canizares' March 812-Hart at Road Atlanta in 1984.
  12. 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.
  13. Lola T332/Riley [HU33] (Jim Gustafson): See full history: Lola T332 HU33.

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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