Central Division SCCA Formula B 1975

Dan Carmichael won at Mid-Ohio in July and scored consistently through the season to take the title in his two-year-old Brabham BT40. Chip Mead was second in his new March 75B, have focused his efforts on the Canadian Pro series, and othr from the Pro series to score points included young Bobby Rahal, Bill Scott and Bill O'Connor in Lola T360s, and Vince Muzzin in a March 75B. Tom Outcault relocated from New Jersey to Cincinatti Region and tied with Mead for second place. Rahal's 18 points came from winning at PBIR in February and Stuttgart in April in preparation for the Pro season.

Not all of CenDiv's Nationals were well supported: the Milwaukee Region event at Blackhawk Farms on 1 June was won by David Ralston, and saw Tom Sokoly, Dean Lundgreen and Bruce Kramer score their only points of the season.

Mystery cars in 1975 include Gary Robinson's Brabham BT21C, Dean Lundgreen's Chevron B18, and Tony Kester's Dulon, the last of which is likely to have been his usual Formula Ford bumped up a class.

Final standings

1. Dan CarmichaelBrabham BT40Ohio Valley35 pts 
2. Chip MeadMarch 75BWestern Ohio31 pts 
3. Tom OutcaultMarch 74BCincinnati31 pts 
4. Chuck DietrichBrabham BT38NEOhio24 pts 
5. Bobby RahalLola T360Chicago18 pts 
6. John ElderBrabham BT40Land O'Lakes18 pts 
7. David RalstonBrabham BT40Chicago14 pts 
8. Vince MuzzinMarch 75BDetroit12 pts 
9. Keith FeldottChevron B27Chicago11 pts 
10. Tom CooneyMarch [722]Indianapolis11 pts 
11. Lloyd CallawayChevron B27Chicago10 pts 
12. John KowalskiBrabham BT38NEOhio9 pts 
13. Bill ScottLola T360Blackhawk Valley8 pts 
14. Ed KasprowiczLola T240Detroit7 pts 
15. Tom ManganCrossle 28FGolden Triangle6 pts 
16. Bill O'ConnorLola T360Chicago6 pts 
17. Gary RobinsonBrabham BT21CNE Michigan6 pts 
18. Roger SeacristRondel Motul RJM-1Chicago5 pts 
19. Thomas SokolyMarch [71BM]Milwaukee4 pts 
20. Dean LundgreenChevron [B18]Chicago3 pts 
21. Bruce KramerElden PH75-BBlackhawk Valley3 pts 
22. Tony KesterDulonSouth Bend2 pts 
23. Tom ChristChevron [B27]Milwaukee2 pts 

Central Division SCCA Nationals in 1975

18 May 1975Grattan RacewayNortheast Michigan Region
01 Jun 1975Blackhawk FarmsMilwaukee Region
08 Jun 1975Indianapolis Raceway ParkIndiana NW Region
22 Jun 1975Road AmericaChicago Region
13 Jul 1975BrainerdLand O'Lakes Region
20 Jul 1975Mid-OhioFort Wayne Region
03 Aug 1975Grattan RacewayWestern Michigan Region
17 Aug 1975Blackhawk FarmsBlackhawk Valley Region
31 Aug 1975Michigan International SpeedwayDetroit Region
07 Sep 1975Nelson LedgesNEOhio Region
21 Sep 1975Indianapolis Raceway ParkIndianapolis Region

Central Division SCCA Regionals in 1975

11 May 1975Nelson LedgesNEOhio Region
11 May 1975Blackhawk FarmsChicago Region
18 May 1975Blackhawk FarmsBlackhawk Valley Region
25 May 1975BrainerdLand O'Lakes Region
08 Jun 1975Waterford HillsDetroit Region
15 Jun 1975Blackhawk FarmsFort Wayne Region
22 Jun 1975Nelson LedgesNEOhio Region
29 Jun 1975Grattan RacewayWestern Michigan Region
29 Jun 1975Indianapolis Raceway ParkIndianapolis Region
06 Jul 1975Blackhawk FarmsBlackhawk Valley Region
13 Jul 1975Waterford HillsNortheast Michigan & Saginaw Regions
20 Jul 1975Blackhawk FarmsSouth Bend Region
27 Jul 1975Indianapolis Raceway ParkCincinnati Region
10 Aug 1975Blackhawk FarmsChicago Region
24 Aug 1975BrainerdLand O'Lakes Region
07 Sep 1975Road AmericaChicago Region
14 Sep 1975Blackhawk FarmsBlackhawk Valley Region
21 Sep 1975Grattan RacewayWestern Michigan Region
28 Sep 1975Nelson LedgesNEOhio Region
28 Sep 1975BrainerdLand O'Lakes Region
05 Oct 1975Indianapolis Raceway ParkWestern Ohio Region
12 Oct 1975Blackhawk FarmsMilwaukee Region
19 Oct 1975Indianapolis Raceway ParkIndiana NW Region

The Detroit Region National at Michigan International Speedway in August probably did not go ahead, as the SCCA had not approved MIS's road course for club racing, and were unwilling to sanction a third National at Grattan.

Central Division sources

Most of our knowledge of CenDiv racing comes from the SCCA's Sports Car magazine and from Competition Press & Autoweek. We are very keen to acquire, borrow or receive copies of 1960s, 1970s and 1980s SCCA regional publications from this Division. There were many such newsletters in this Division, including:

  • Auto-Graph (Indiana Northwest Region)
  • Backfire (Western Michigan Region)
  • Blower (Northeast Ohio Region)
  • Class Q and later CinChronizer (Cincinnati Region)
  • Clutch Chatter (Indianapolis Region)
  • Clutch Chatter (Northwestern Ohio Region)
  • Crashbox (Golden Triangle Region)
  • Down Shift (Central Illinois Region)
  • Downshift (Kentucky Region)
  • The Drift (Milwaukee Region)
  • Drifting (Des Moines Valley Region)
  • The Fifth Wheel (Northeastern Michigan Region)
  • The Four Wheel Drift (Fort Wayne Region)
  • Iowa Regional News (Iowa Region)
  • Newsletter (Central Kentucky Region)
  • Ohio Valley Regional News and Observers Stand (Ohio Valley Region)
  • Open Exhaust (Detroit Region)
  • Piston Patter (Chicago Region)
  • Pit Board (South Bend Region)
  • The Pit Stop (Southern Indiana Region)
  • The Racket (Tennessee Valley Region)
  • Recaps (Eastern Tennessee Region)
  • Rev Record (Western Ohio Region)
  • S.I.R. SCCA Newsletter (Southern Indiana Region)
  • Smoke Signals (Blackhawk Valley Region)
  • The Tonneau (Land O'Lakes Region)

Also relevant are some non-SCCA publications, notably that of the Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs (MCSCC), based in the Chicago area:

  • Klaxon (Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs)

We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals in this Division.