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Can-Am Challenge Race

St Louis International Raceway, 13 Oct 1985

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Rick Miaskiewicz Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8
40 1h 20m 54.84s
65.250 mph
2 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 1)
40 1h 20m 56.47s
3 Diego Montoya Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#82 B & T Racing
40
4 Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] - Hart 420R
#00 Hill Racing (see note 2)
40
5 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 6-litre Longhorn LR02 [2] - Chevrolet 366 ci V8
40
6 Mauro Lanaro (Can-Am 2l) 1.7-litre March 74B/77B [10] - Ford BDD
Lanaro Racing (see note 3)
39
7 Mike Engstrand Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
Mike Engstrand (see note 4)
39
8 John Macaluso Lola T333CS [T332 HU45] - Chevrolet V8
#84 (see note 5)
39
9 Dennis Ehrie (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Wise (Brabham BT40) [BT40-25] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
Stanley Steemer
39
10 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
Output Improvements Library Racing
(see note 6)
39
11 Jim Gustafson Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
#27 G-Team (see note 7)
38
12 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
(see note 8)
38
13 Lou Sell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [17] - BMW M12/7 Mader
Sell Racing
37
14 Robert Goulet Sabre 001 [McKee Mk18 '1'] - Chevrolet V8
Sunbury Engineering (see note 9)
36
15 Bruce Langson Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8
#70
30 Accident
16 John Gunn Phoenix 85 - Chevrolet V8
#39 Holly Racing
19
17 Peter Greenfield (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT4/82 [334] - Hart 420R
#41 Greenfield Industries (see note 10)
17 Accident
18 Bill Vincent (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Yorkshire KV6 - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
13 Ignition
19 David Livingston ('C' sports) 1.6-litre Zink Z14 - VW Bertils 4
(see note 11)
2 Accident
DNS David Locke (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R
Locke Sport (see note 12)
Did not start
DNSC Rod Cusumano Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#7
Did not start (crashed)

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

Qualifying
1 Peter Greenfield (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT4/82 [334] - Hart 420R 1m 20.96s
2 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 21.41s
3 Lou Sell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [17] - BMW M12/7 Mader 1m 21.64s
4 Rick Miaskiewicz (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8 1m 21.73s
5 Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Photon JH2 [March 78B-15] - Hart 420R 1m 23.31s
6 Bruce Langson (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8 1m 25.17s
7 Diego Montoya (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8 1m 25.34s
8 David Locke * (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R 1m 26.2s
9 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor 1m 28.01s
10 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 6-litre Longhorn LR02 [2] - Chevrolet 366 ci V8 1m 29.43s
11 Mike Engstrand (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8 1m 29.83s
12 Mauro Lanaro (Can-Am 2l) 1.7-litre March 74B/77B [10] - Ford BDD 1m 30.11s
13 John Macaluso (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 HU45] - Chevrolet V8 1m 30.19s
14 Dennis Ehrie (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Wise (Brabham BT40) [BT40-25] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor 1m 34s
15 David Livingston ('C' sports) 1.6-litre Zink Z14 - VW Bertils 4 1m 35.51s
16 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Marzda 'Banana Crate' [March 71BM-3] - Mazda 12A dual-rotor 1m 38.66s
17 Jim Gustafson (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/Riley [HU33] - Chevrolet V8 1m 41.93s
18 Bill Vincent (Can-Am 2l) 2.3-litre Yorkshire KV6 - Mazda 12A dual-rotor
19 John Gunn (Can-Am) 5-litre Phoenix 85 - Chevrolet V8
20 Robert Goulet (Can-Am) 5-litre Sabre 001 [McKee Mk18 '1'] - Chevrolet V8 1m 42.35s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  2. 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.
  3. March 74B/77B [10] (Mauro Lanaro): The early history of this car is unknown, but it may be the car raced by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) from Mosport Park in July 1974 onwards. By 1980 it was owned by Bob Roy ( Montréal, Quebec, Canada) and was being used in Can-Am. The car later went to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec), and was raced by him in Can-Am then CAT races from 1984 to 1987. At some point, Lanaro found the monocoque had bent due to the Can-Am car's downforce, and replaced the tub with that of 74B/12. The tub and associated parts from 74B/10 remained with Lanaro until he sold his remaining stock to David Clubine (Brantford, Ontario) in 2018.
  4. Chevron B24 [24-73-02] (Mike Engstrand): New for 1973 season. Doug Shierson for Peter Gethin: raced in UK 1973 (won Race of Champions) and US 1973. To Roger Bighouse (Eastlake, OH): raced in US 1974 (7 races); US 1975 (4 races + 1 DNS) - Pat McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH): raced in US 1976 (1 race) and Can-Am 1977 (4 races + 1 DNS); probably the car entered by McGonegle as 'Mannix MX-2' in Can-Am 1978; advertised April 1979 - Danny Johnson (Kewanee, IL) 1979: raced in Can-Am 1979 (1 race), Can-Am 1981 (5 races), Can-Am 1982 (6 races) - Brian R Taylor (now Clive, Iowa) for Mike Engstrand (Des Moines, Iowa): raced in Can-Am 1985 (3 races) - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) - Anthony Taylor (Blackburn, UK) 2001: due to be rebuilt and raced in FORCE Historic F5000 series (UK) 2001. Then unknown until owned by Greg Thornton in 2011 and raced in UK and New Zealand 2011/12. Badly damaged in a fire at Thornton's garage in June 2012 but completely reconstructed.
  5. Lola T333CS [T332 HU45] (John Macaluso): See full history: Lola T332 HU45.
  6. 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.
  7. Lola T332/Riley [HU33] (Jim Gustafson): See full history: Lola T332 HU33.
  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. Sabre 001 [McKee Mk18 '1'] (Robert Goulet): New for Dick DeJarld (Joliet, IL) in 1972, and raced in SCCA Formula A events. Appeared at the Michigan Pro F5000 event in 1973 but did not qualify from the heat. Raced by DeJarld until sold to Ed Midgley (Geneva, IL) for 1976, when it was also raced by Jerry Hansen at Blackhawk Farms. To Robert Goulet (Wauwatsoa, WI) for 1977, and raced in SCCA Formula A. Goulet converted the McKee to sports car bodywork for 1979, appearing at Brainerd in July that year in the ASR class. Raced in Can-Am in 1980 and 1981, then renamed the "Sabre 001" for Can-Am again in 1983, and again in 1985. To Bob McKee and raced by Bill Scott in CAT races in 1986 and 1987. Then restored to its original specification for new owner Tom Simpson (Peoria, IL), and used in vintage racing, appearing at the Chicago Historic Races at Road America in 1988. It ran alongside several other McKee cars in historic races at Road America in the early 1990s, and also ran at HSR Mid-Ohio in August 1993. After a 20-year gap, Simpson ran the Mk 18 again in historic events in 2006.
  10. Ralt RT4/82 [334] (Peter Greenfield): Martin Spetz observed the number '334' on Greenfield's '82 Ralt RT4 at Road Atlanta in 1984.
  11. Zink Z14 (David Livingston): This car started life as a Formula Super Vee Zink Z14 sold new to Tim Miller (Kansas City, MO) but not raced by him. He sold it to Curtis Farley (Manhattan, KS) who won Midwest Division Formula Continental with it in 1980. It was then sold to David Livingstone in 1982, who used it at first as a Formula Continental, and later fitted home-made bodywork to use it in 'C' Sports Racing (CSR) for the 1984 season. Livingstone told Doug Waters that he only really changed the bodywork and duct work. It was quite successful as a CSR in 1984 and 1985. He took the car to the St Louis Can-Am race in 1985, with a view to runing the series in 1986. The car was powered by a race prepared VW Scirocco engine with twin 45 DCOE carbs and a Bertils cam and head. It used a Hewland Mk 9 gearbox, and was entered as a "Thoroughbred DR2". Subsequent history unknown, but advertised on Ebay in 2008.
  12. 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, Koehler 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.

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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