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Can-Am Challenge Race

Sears Point, 30 Sep 1984

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Michael Roe VDS 004 - Chevrolet V8
#2 Dallas Motorsports Inc. (see note 1)
50 1h 16m 02.39s
99.540 mph
2 Jim Crawford March 847 [02] - Chevrolet V8
#0 RK Racing
50 1h 16m 45.1s
3 Kim Campbell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [4?] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
#44 Tom Mitchell
48
4 Rod Cusumano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 - BMW M12/7
#7 (see note 2)
48
5 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#69 Elite Racing (see note 3)
47
6 Robert Meyer Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#93 Robert Meyer
46
7 Armando Trentini (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7
#22 Houston Can-Am Racers Inc. (see note 4)
46
8 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Kroll Racing (see note 5)
44
9 Bill Tempero Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8
#3 Bill Tempero Racing (see note 6)
41
10 Merle Brennan Frissbee-Lola T332 ["76-13"] - Chevrolet V8
#19
38 DNF
11 Drake Olson Frissbee-Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
#31 (see note 7)
33
12 Tom Foster (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ - Hart 420R
#78 Tom Foster "Tracer TR2"
30 DNF
13 Steve Foster Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8
#23 Steve Foster
30 DNF
14 Clive Bush Conquest B2 - Chevrolet V8
#43 Lafayette Racing
19 DNF
15 Walter Lechner (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM06] - Cosworth DFV V8
#55 Walter Lechner Racing School
11 DNF
16 Dennis Brisken (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDP
#38
5 DNF
17 Juan Manuel Fangio II (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
#20 Genoa Racing
3 DNF
18 Frank Joyce Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#99 Hawk-Phantom
1 DNF
19 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
#73 (see note 8)
1 DNF
20 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am) 3.5-litre Frissbee-Brabham BT29 [Brabham BT29/11] - Oldsmobile V8
#34 Kehoe Racing (see note 9)
1 DNF
21 Billy Scyphers Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#58
1
T Drake Olson Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU19] - Chevrolet V8
#31 (see note 10)
(Only used in practice)
T/C Walter Lechner (Can-Am) 3-litre March 821 [RM08] - Cosworth DFV V8
#55
(Crashed in practice)

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

Qualifying
1 Michael Roe (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 004 - Chevrolet V8 1m 23.443s
2 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 29.388s
3 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 5-litre March 847 [02] - Chevrolet V8 1m 29.961s
4 Juan Manuel Fangio II (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R 1m 30.052s
5 Kim Campbell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [4?] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger 1m 31.036s
6 Walter Lechner (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM06] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 31.785s
7 Frank Joyce (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8 1m 32.622s
8 Rod Cusumano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 - BMW M12/7 1m 33s
9 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R 1m 34.107s
10 Tom Foster (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ - Hart 420R 1m 34.951s
11 Dennis Brisken (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDP 1m 35.148s
12 Steve Foster (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8 1m 35.846s
13 Robert Meyer (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8 1m 37.104s
14 Billy Scyphers (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8 1m 37.338s
15 Drake Olson (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8 1m 37.705s
16 Clive Bush (Can-Am) 5-litre Conquest B2 - Chevrolet V8 1m 38.048s
17 Merle Brennan (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T332 ["76-13"] - Chevrolet V8 1m 39.006s
18 Armando Trentini (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84 [126] - BMW M12/7 1m 39.783s
19 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8 1m 43s
20 Jerry Kehoe (Can-Am) 3.5-litre Frissbee-Brabham BT29 [Brabham BT29/11] - Oldsmobile V8 1m 49.329s
21 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor 1m 53.369s

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. 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.
  3. Marguey CA82 [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.
  4. 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.
  5. Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  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. More information about Lola T332 'the Hogan/Haines car'
  7. Frissbee-Lola T332 [HU53] (Drake Olson): See full history: Lola T332 HU53.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU19] (Drake Olson): See full history: Lola T330 HU19.

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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