Southern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1970
Max Mizejewski found that his 1967 ex-F2 Lola T100 was the most potent car in Southern Pacific Formula B, winning the divisional title from Greg Gosar who started the season in an equally aged Lotus 41C, probably one of the twin cam-propelled 41Cs that came to the US in 1967. The early-season pace setters were Jay Jamison in his newly-acquired Brabham BT29, Doug Brenner in the brand new Chevron B15B with which Reine Wisell had won the Sebring Pro race at the end of December, and Jack Byers in his usual McLaren M4A. All three left the series after the first three races, Jamison and Brenner to follow the Pro FB series and Byers to move up to Formula 5000 with a Lola T190.
With the big guns following the Pro series, the two summer Riverside rounds fell to young David Jaques' "Mattel", the ex-Hap Sharp Brabham BT2 rebuilt after Earl Jones' accident in it in 1965, and 1969 FC champion Tito D'Oporto in the one-off ex-F3 LeGrand Mk 5, but when Mizejewski and Gosar returned for the fall races, they quickly took control. Mizejewski was second in class at Bonneville behind NPDiv invader Mike Hansen and then won the class at Ontario and Phoenix. Gosar had acquired a Winkelmann over the summer but was still no match for the Lola, finishing second in each of the final two races. The points he earned out of division meant he remained in touch, forcing Mizejewski to take in the final NPDiv National at Stead AFB to ensure he could not be caught.
|1.||Max Mizejewski||Lola (T100)||CSCC||39 pts *|
|2.||Greg Gosar||Lotus 41C and Winkelmann||Arizona||32 pts *|
|3.||David Jaques||Mattel (Brabham BT2)||CSCC||24 pts|
|4.||Douglas Brenner||Chevron (B15B)||CSCC||18 pts|
|5.||Jack Byers||McLaren (M4B)||SD||14 pts|
|6.||Tito D'Oporto||LeGrand (Mk 5)||CSCC||12 pts|
|7.||Jay Jamison||Brabham (BT29)||SD||12 pts|
|8.||Wayne Messier||Lotus||CSCC||6 pts|
|9.||Stefan Rzesnowiecky||Winkelmann||CSCC||6 pts|
|10.||Steve Cole||Lotus||CSCC||6 pts|
|11.||Joe Alves||Chevron (B14)||CSCC||4 pts|
|12.||Terry Hogan||Brabham||CSCC||4 pts|
|13.||John Coolick||Brabham||CSCC||4 pts|
|14.||Robert Ilg||Winkelmann||Utah||3 pts|
|15.||Ed MacGrotty||Lotus||CSCC||3 pts *|
|16.||John Kube||Merlyn||Ariz Bdr||1 pt|
|17.||Dino Dioguardi||LeGrand||CSCC||1 pt|
|18.||Judd Margurian||McLaren||CSCC||1 pt|
|19.||W.J. Dunbar||Merlyn||Arizona||1 pt|
|20.||Charles Kissinger||Beach||CSCC||1 pt|
Data correct at 12 October 1970.
* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.
|01 Feb 1970||Holtville Aerodrome||San Diego Region|
|01 Mar 1970||Phoenix International Raceway||Arizona Region|
|15 Mar 1970||Willow Springs||Cal Club Region|
|31 May 1970||Riverside||Cal Club Region|
|05 Jul 1970||Riverside||Cal Club Region|
|07 Sep 1970||Bonneville Raceway Park||Utah Region|
|20 Sep 1970||Ontario Motor Speedway||Cal Club Region|
|27 Sep 1970||Phoenix International Raceway||Arizona Region|
Southern Pacific Division sources
Although Los Angeles was one of the homes of American motor racing, we have few sources of information for southern Californian FB racing in this period. Competition Press & Autoweek had some regional coverage up to 1973 and Formula magazine then took over for a period in the mid-1970s. However, we are keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of SCCA regional publications from this Division. The key ones are:
- California Sportscar [1960s] (California Sports Car Club)
- Post Grid [1969-1970] (California Sports Car Club Region)
- Finish Line [from 1971] (California Sports Car Club Region)
- Gridlines (San Diego Region)
We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals for this division.