Can-Am Challenge Race

Riverside, 7 Oct 1984

1 Michael Roe VDS 004 - Chevrolet V8
#2T Dallas Motorsports Inc. (see note 1)
50 1h 03m 50.486s
119.687 mph
2 Jim Crawford March 847 [02] - Chevrolet V8
#0 RK Racing
50 1h 04m 59.113s
3 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Kroll Racing (see note 2)
4 Rod Cusumano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 - BMW M12/7
#7 (see note 3)
5 Walter Lechner (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM06] - Cosworth DFV V8
#55 Walter Lechner Racing School
6 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA84 [March 812] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing
7 Garth Pollard (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#69 Elite Racing
8 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] - Mazda 12A twin rotor
#73 (see note 4)
9 Armando Trentini (Sports racing) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7
#22 Houston Can-Am Racers Inc. (see note 5)
10 Frank Joyce Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#99 Hawk-Phantom
11 Kim Campbell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [4?] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
#44 Tom Mitchell
12 Bill Tempero Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8
#3 Bill Tempero Racing (see note 6)
13 Juan Manuel Fangio II (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
#20 Genoa Racing
14 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am) 3.5-litre Frissbee-Brabham BT29 [Brabham BT29/11] - Oldsmobile V8
#34 Kehoe Racing (see note 7)
15 Drake Olson Frissbee-Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
#31 (see note 8)
16 Robb Woltring Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
T Michael Roe VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8
#2 Dallas Motorsports Inc. (see note 9)
(Only used in practice)
DNA Mike Groff (unknown) March
#10 Yorkshire Motosport
Did not arrive
DNA David Locke (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R
#12 Locke Sport (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Andy Ratcliffe McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
#16 CDF Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Merle Brennan Frissbee-Lola T332 ["76-13"] - Chevrolet V8
Did not arrive
DNA Steve Foster Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8
#23 Steve Foster
Did not arrive
DNA Dennis Brisken (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDP
#38 (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA John Gunn Phoenix 84 [JG-1-001 GTP] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Holly Racing (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Greenfield (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT4/82 [334] - Hart 420R
#41 Greenfield Industries
Did not arrive
DNA Clive Bush Conquest B2 - Chevrolet V8
#43 Lafayette Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Larry Clain (Can-Am) Frissbee-Lola T400 [HU10?]
#77 Clain Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Tom Foster (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ - Hart 420R
#78 Tom Foster "Tracer TR2"
Did not arrive
DNA Robert Meyer Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#93 Robert Meyer
Did not arrive

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

1 Michael Roe (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 004 - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.079s
2 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 5-litre March 847 [02] - Chevrolet V8 1m 13.252s
3 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.662s
4 Kim Campbell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [4?] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger 1m 16.492s
5 Robb Woltring (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8 1m 17.244s
6 Drake Olson (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8 1m 17.613s
7 Rod Cusumano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 - BMW M12/7 1m 17.954s
8 Frank Joyce (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8 1m 18.574s
9 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA84 [March 812] - Hart 420R 1m 19.912s
10 Armando Trentini (Sports racing) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7 1m 21.97s
11 Walter Lechner (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM06] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 22.166s
12 Garth Pollard (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R 1m 22.347s
13 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8 1m 28.935s
14 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am) 3.5-litre Frissbee-Brabham BT29 [Brabham BT29/11] - Oldsmobile V8 1m 32.747s
15 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] - Mazda 12A twin rotor 1m 35.746s

Notes on the cars:

  1. VDS 004 (Michael Roe): Built up by Dallas Motorsports for 1984, using components built by VDS before the team was sold to Norwood-Walker Racing. Raced by Michael Roe in 1984, winning most of its races. Reappeared when used in the filming of a Peugeot TV commercial at Riverside in 1986. Raced in CAT in 1987 by Stuart Baumgard.
  2. Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  3. March 822 (Rod Cusumano): 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.
  4. 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 an 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.
  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. Lola T332 (Bill Tempero): This car started life with the Hogan team, was sold to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in 1977, and then to "Bronco" Brad Murphey (Phoenix, AZ) to convert for Can-Am. Neither Murphey nor next owner Arlon Koops (Denver, CO) raced it, but Koops loaned it to Bill Tempero (Ft Collins, CO) for Can-Am 1984. It went to Kent Painter (Fort Collins, CO) in 1988, and was then stored for 21 years until bought by Jay Bondini (Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia), who restored it to Hogan Racing 1974 specification. It was raced by Peter Brennan in the 2011 Australian GP support event, and later by Bondini at Australian historic events. Sold to Gary Gunn (Werribee, Victoria, Australia) in 2016. Sold to Chas Talbot in February 2018 and raced in Australian historic events in 2018, 2019, 2022 and 2023. More information about Lola T332 'the Hogan/Haines car'
  7. Frissbee-Brabham BT29 [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.
  8. Frissbee-Lola T332 [HU53] (Drake Olson): See full history: Lola T332 HU53.
  9. 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".
  10. Cicale-March 77B (David Locke): Rick Koehler (Milwaukee, WI) raced an Excalibur EE2B in Formula Atlantic in 1978, with sponsorship from Brooks Stevens. The car was essentially a March 77B and was described as ex-Shierson and ex-Brack in adverts in late 1978 and 1979. It was leased to Joe Castellano for the Long Beach race in April 1979, and then sat unused until August 1980 when it was sold to David Locke (Cambridge City, IN). Locke fitted the car with 79B bodywork and Bobsy fenders so that it could be used in Can-Am racing, using an 1850cc Hart BDA engine and Hewland FT200 gearbox. In October 1981, Locke ordered a Kevlar Cicale body for the car, and used it in this form in 1982 and 1983, but without success. He acquired a Hart 420R engine from Jim Trueman for 1984 and raced the car in Can-Am and then CAT until 1987. Chris Townsend advises that it was sold to Lee Johnson in Colorado in April 1988, and was still with Johnson in 2012.
  11. Ralt RT1/78 [136] (Dennis Brisken): A white and blue Ralt RT1/78 invoiced to Ralt importer Brian Robertson in August 1978. To AME Racing for Skeeter McKitterick (San Diego, CA/Woodland Hills, CA), debuting at Trois-Rivières in early September. Also raced by McKitterick at the Macau Grand Prix in November as part of the Flying Tigers team. Retained by McKitterick for 1979, when he had sponsorship from CAM 2 Motor Oil. Raced in the North American series and again in Macau, entered by Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team. Entered a few times in 1980, but rarely seen. Sold to Kyle Buxton (Trabuco, CA) who raced it in Formula Atlantic in 1981 and 1982, then fitted a sports car body for Can-Am racing later in 1982, using a Ford BDP engine. To Dennis Brisken, and used in ASR class racing in 1984, but later wrecked at Sears Point. Sold to Carl Olsson (San Diego, CA) and rebuilt as a FC, and later as a CSR. Then to Tom Nelson (San Francisco area, CA) who rebuilt it again as an improved CSR. CT
  12. 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.


Note that 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' published results.

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