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Canadian American Prototype Thunder Car Race

Phoenix International Raceway, 1 Nov 1987

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bill Tempero March 85C [51] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 1)
50
2 Al Lamb Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8
50 00.8s
3 Bill Scott March 85C - Chevrolet V8
50
4 Buddy Lazier March 85C [08] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
50
5 Mike Engstrand Frissbee-Lola KR4 [Lola T400 HU9] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
49
6 John Macaluso Frissbee-Lola [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
48
7 Wayne Rutherford March 85C - Chevrolet V8
48
8 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
48
9 Ray Reimer Lola T332C [HU46] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 5)
47
10 Jim Gradel March 847 [01] - Chevrolet V8
46
11 Jim Del Russo (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
(see note 6)
46
12 John Raecker Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
45
13 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Lola T360 - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#73 (see note 7)
45
14 Robert Goulet Lola T332C - Chevrolet V8
43
15 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [2] - Hart 420R
34
16 Steve Chassey (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 83C - Chevrolet 358 ci V8
27 Connecting rod
17 Gerald Nelson Longhorn LR03 - Chevrolet V8
(see note 8)
12 Broken cylinder
18 Fred Parkhill Lola T333CS [T332 HU39] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 9)
3 DNF
DNS Randy Zimmer (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 83C - Chevrolet 358 ci V8
Did not start

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

Qualifying
1 Al Lamb (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8 26.82s
2 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C [51] - Chevrolet V8 26.92s
3 Bill Scott (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C - Chevrolet V8 27.49s
4 Randy Zimmer * (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 83C - Chevrolet 358 ci V8 27.74s
5 Wayne Rutherford (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C - Chevrolet V8 29.06s
6 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 29.14s
7 Mike Engstrand (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR4 [Lola T400 HU9] - Chevrolet V8 30.39s
8 Jim Gradel (Can-Am) 5-litre March 847 [01] - Chevrolet V8 30.83s
9 Ray Reimer (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU46] - Chevrolet V8 33.31s
10 Jim Del Russo (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor 33.35s
11 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Lola T360 - Mazda 13B twin rotor 33.6s
12 John Raecker (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8 34.74s
13 Robert Goulet (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332C - Chevrolet V8 35.87s
14 Gerald Nelson (Can-Am) 5-litre Longhorn LR03 - Chevrolet V8 36.3s
15 Fred Parkhill (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 HU39] - Chevrolet V8 36.74s
16 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [2] - Hart 420R 38.13s
17 Buddy Lazier (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C [08] - Chevrolet V8
18 John Macaluso (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 85C [51] (Bill Tempero): Bill Tempero's #2 March 85C Can-Am car was identified at Willow Springs in 1987 by Martin Spetz as 85C-51 "ex-Rahal".
  2. March 85C [08] (Buddy Lazier): Buddy Lazier's #19 March 85C Can-Am car was identified at Willow Springs in 1987 by Martin Spetz as 85C-08 "ex-Rahal".
  3. Frissbee-Lola KR4 [Lola T400 HU9] (Mike Engstrand): New to Eppie Wietzes (Thornhill, Ontario) and raced in the SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship in 1975 and early 1976. Retained by Wietzes until 1986 and used as show car by Canadian Tyre in mid-1980's. Sold to Horst Kroll and converted to Can-Am Frissbee specification as "Frissbee KR4" for Can-Am 1986 and CAT in 1987. Retained by Kroll until sold to Glenn Richards (Auckland, New Zealand) in mid-2010. Raced by Reg Cook in the 2010/11 F5000 Tasman Revival series, and then by Richards in the series every season from 2013/14 to 2017/18. More information about Lola T400 HU9
  4. Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  5. Lola T332C [HU46] (Ray Reimer): See full history: Lola T332 HU46.
  6. Rondel M1 [201] (Jim Del Russo): 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 T360 (Bill Hill): Doug Moe (Bremerton, WA) owned a Lola T360 in the 1980s, which had been fitted with sports car bodywork and a Mazda engine. Exactly when Moe started racing the Lola is unclear, as he had a series of BSR class "Mazron" sports racing cars that he used in ICSCC events from 1977 (the "Mk 1"), 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981 (the "Mazron Mk V"). The T360-based car was raced by Bill Hill in the CAT championship in 1987, after which it was reportedly stored. Early in 2003, Moe sold the the car to Allan T. Chou (Westfield, NJ), and in 2009 it was being restored. Bought from Chou in 2012 by Guilbert Twiss (Pittsfield, MA).
  8. Longhorn LR03 (Gerald Nelson): Although Gerald Nelson's 1986/87 Can-Am car is listed as a Williams in some entry lists, it was identified at Willow Springs in 1987 as an ex-Unser Longhorn LR03.
  9. Lola T333CS [T332 HU39] (Fred Parkhill): See full history: Lola T332 HU39.

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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