Northern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1976
Steve Jizmagian took the title in his brand new Lola T460 thanks to a win at Portland's Rose Cup Races in June and a second at Seattle in July, but there were not many drivers trying that hard to win the NorPac title. With visitors from Cal Club making it difficult to score points at Sears Point and Laguna Seca, most of the pickings were to be found further north. Jon Norman won his class at Seattle in July, and finished fourth at Portland in August, following a strong third at the Laguna Seca June Sprints. Norman's teammate Dan Marvin won outright at Portland in August, but that was his only score.
Most of Ron Householder's points came from second place at Seattle in July, Bob Tracy's six points came for second place at the Rose Cup Races, and Bill Hill's score included fourth at the July Seattle, this group otherwise racing with ICSCC.
Of the other San Francisco Region drivers, Bill Cooper finished second at Sears Point in April, but did not return. Butch Owlsey was third in that race, but only scored one more point. Tom Foster picked up a few minor placings but also raced with the ICSCC. Gordon Strom was second behind south Californian Ron Dykes at Sears Point in August, with Tom Crowther third in his updated March. Tom Sauerbrei did well to take fourth in a big field at Riverside in February in his updated March 742.
|1.||Steve Jizmagian||Lola [T460]||San Francisco||23 pts|
|2.||Jon Norman||Lotus ||San Francisco||17 pts|
|3.||Dan Marvin||Lola [T360]||San Francisco||9 pts|
|4.||Ron Householder||Brabham [BT40]||Oregon||8 pts|
|5.||Gordon Strom||Chevron [B29]||San Francisco||8 pts|
|6.||Bill Hill||Brabham [BT29]||Northwest||8 pts|
|7.||Bob Tracy||March [74B]||Oregon||6 pts|
|8.||Bill Cooper||Brabham [BT35]||San Francisco||6 pts|
|9.||Butch Owsley||Rondel [M1]||San Francisco||5 pts|
|10.||Tom Foster||Brabham [BT38]||San Francisco||5 pts|
|11.||Allan Turner||Lola||Oregon||4 pts|
|12.||Tom Crowther||March [722/75B]||San Francisco||4 pts|
|13.||Tom Sauerbrei||[March 742]||San Francisco||3 pts|
|14.||Mike Rocke||"Motul" [Brabham BT38]||San Francisco||3 pts|
|15.||Jim Mullins||Lola [T460]||Oregon||2 pts|
|16.||Bob Kolowich||March [75B]||San Francisco||1 pt|
|17.||Chuck Billington||"Alfa" [Bourgeault]||San Francisco||1 pt|
Northern Pacific Division sources
Most of our knowledge of NorPac racing comes from the SCCA's Sports Car magazine and from Competition Press & Autoweek. We are very keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of the three main SCCA regional publications:
- The Wheel (San Francisco Region)
- Northwest Sports Car News (Northwest Region)
- Loud Pedal (Oregon Region)
We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals, notably the Laguna Seca Sprints and the Rose Cup Races.