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Challenge Cup Nationals (Washington DC Region SCCA National)

Summit Point, 27 Jun 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tom Pumpelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [3?] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#84 (see note 1)
25 1st in FB
2 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#67
25 2nd in FB
3 William Kneeland (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
#12 (see note 2)
25 3rd in FB
4 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [7] - Ford BDA
#89 (see note 3)
24 4th in FB
5 Folis Jones (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 [23] - Ford twin cam
#25 (see note 4)
23 5th in FB
6 Tom Thompson (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola T324 VW
#9
23 1st in FSV
7 Bob Welch (FC) 1.1-litre Lola T240
#8 (see note 5)
23 6th in FB(*)
8 Craig Clewson (FSV) 1.6-litre Royale VW
#10
23 2nd in FSV
9 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart
#78
22 7th in FB
10 Earl Nicewarner (FSV) 1.6-litre Nickle VW
#5
22 3rd in FSV
11 Don Maguire (FSV) 1.6-litre Maguire VW
#59
22 4th in FSV
12 Gene Stanton (F5000) 5-litre Crosslé 15F [C15F/68/40] - Chevrolet V8
#98
19 1st in FA
13 Joe Ostrowski (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [17] - Ford BDA
#18 (see note 6)
16 8th in FB
R Ken Vose (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola T250 VW
#36
10 FSV
DNS R Peter Gates (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT40 [17] - Cosworth BDJ
#2 (see note 7)
Did not start
(FC)
DNS Eric Kerman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [73B-7] - Ford BDA
#81 (see note 8)
Did not start
(FB)
DNS Rick Wellner (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA
#7
Did not start
(FB)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [3?] (Tom Pumpelly): Tom Pumpelly (McLean, VA) raced a yellow #34 March 76B, entered by National Tire Wholesale. The only yellow 76B shown in March records was chassis 76B-3. Pumpelly raced the car until it was damaged in a collision with Bancroft at Mosport Park in August, after which it was acquired by Ecurie Canada whose regular driver Gilles Villeneuve had damaged both his cars. It is therefore believed to be the car driven by Villeneuve to win at Trois-Rivières and Road Atlanta in September but this is by no means certain. Then bought by John Lane who rented it back to Pumpelly for the SCCA Run-Offs at Road Atlanta, where Pumpelly crashed it again. Sold to John Norman (Oakland, CA) who raced it as part of a two-car team with Dan Marvin in 1977 and 1978. Norman then sold the car but later bought it back and restored it to Villeneuve's livery.
  2. Chevron B29 (William Kneeland): Bill Kneeland (Franklin, NH) bought a pale blue Chevron B29 from Fred Opert for the 1976 season. He raced it in several Pro races as well as a program of SCCA racing in 1976 with support from Real Estatement Marketing. Photographs show that Kneeland's B29 was driven by Max Sebba (Sandy Springs, GA) at the SCCA Runoffs, instead of the much older March 722 he had used in SCCA Nationals. Kneeland did race at the Runoffs, so it seems likely he had hired a new car, so a B34, from Opert. Kneeland acquired the first of the Chevron B39s for 1977, but the Runoffs at the end of October 1976 is too early for it to have been that car. The B29 went back to Fred Opert as a trade on the new car. Subsequent history unknown,
  3. March 76B [7] (John Mortensen): John Mortensen (New York, NY/Weston, CT) raced a March 76B in SCCA events in 1976 and the livery - Midnight blue with red stripe on each side - exactly matches that given in March records for 76B-7.
  4. March 722 [23] (Folis Jones): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) raced a blue March 722 in the early rounds of the British Formula Atlantic series in 1972, before taking the car to Canada and running in the Players Canadian Formula B series. Sold for 1973 to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and raced in the Players Canadian series. Sold to Edmond Villa (Clark, NJ), and raced in a New England Region SCCA Regional at Lime Rock in April 1974. In January 1976, he advertised a 722 in Competition Press & Autoweek from Port St Lucie, FL. Ed sold it to Folis Jones (Chesapeake, VA), who raced a March in SEDiv events in 1976 and 1977. This would be the March 722 with '77 bodywork advertised by Folis Jones in December 1978 and February 1979. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Lola T240 (Bob Welch): Bob Welch (Alexandria, VA) raced a Lola T240 in Formula C in 1975 and 1976. Nothing more known.
  6. March 73B [17] (Joe Ostrowski): New to Bruce MacInnes (Sharon, CT) and raced as part of a two-car team with Ron Cohn. Raced in the Players Canadian FB series and in the SCCA Pro FB races at Road America and Watkins Glen. Retained for 1974, and raced in the Players Canadian series again, and in the US GP support race at Watkins Glen in October. Sold to Joe Ostrowski (Trenton, NJ), and raced in NEDiv SCCA Nationals in 1975 and 1976. Presumably the March he raced in NEDiv in 1977 and 1978. Retained by Ostrowski until early 1982 when it was bought by Seann Burgess (Caledon, Ontario). Burgess won the CASC Ontario Formula Atlantic championship and the BARC Drivers Championship in 1982 as well as appearing in 'pro' events. After two more seasons of Atlantic, he converted the car to Can-Am specification at the end of 1985 and then fitted a McLaren M1B body and a Mazda 13B rotary engine for 1986. This "March RX10-B" was raced through the 1986 season. Burgess kept the Can-Am body after the car was retired from racing and sold the March to Richard Smith (Barrie, Ontario) who raced it in 1989 and 1990, still with the Mazda engine, and fitting 1975 bodywork for 1990. He sold it to Chuck Sieber (McLean, VA) who imported it back to the US in January 1991. He raced it in Solo events in 1991, and maybe in one or two more seasons until selling it back to Seann Burgess. Burgess initially restored it to MacInnes' 1973 livery, but at the request of the Villeneuve Museum traded his 73B bodywork to Marchives for a set of 1975 bodywork, and rebuilt the car to resemble Gilles Villeneuve's Skiroule March 75B. By May 2010, it was on display in the Musée Gilles Villeneuve (Berthierville, Quebec).
  7. Brabham BT40 [17] (R Peter Gates): New to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) and raced in Formula B in 1973, winning the Northeast Division title, and the National title by winning the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta in November. Retained for 1974, and again won both the Northeast title and the National title, and towards the end of that season was fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Atlantic. Again retained for 1975, now with the BDA in Formula B, and Duclos won a third successive NEDiv title in the car, but this time retired at the Runoffs. In 1975, the car wore Falconer bodywork. Sold to Peter Gates (Claymont, DE) for 1976, fitted with a 1.1-litre Cosworth BDJ for Formula C, and finished third in the NEDiv FC title. To Jon Sley (Claymont, Delaware) for FC again in 1977, finishing fifth in NEDiv. The car was next seen when advertised by Gates in 1992 as restored with a new tub. After that, it was next mentioned by Michael Rand in February 2018 as having been recently purchased. By April 2015, Rand had sold it to Bob Burnside (Dexter, MI).
  8. March 75B [73B-7] (Eric Kerman): New to Ron Cohn (Modena, NY), and run as a two-car team with Bruce MacInnes in 1973, entered by DRC Formula Racing Inc in Players Canadian and SCCA Formula B races, running as #56. Retained for 1974, running in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series and in the US GP support race at Watkins Glen in October. To Eric Kerman (Hempstead, NY/Glen Cove, NY) for 1975 and updated with new orange bodywork, entered as #81 or #87, and running as a 75B. Raced by Kerman in SCCA Nationals from 1975 to 1979. Later to Oran Bushey (Huntingdon, NY) and raced until 1982. Subsequent history unknown.

Sources

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Individual sources for this event

SCCA Sanction 76-N-35S. Official results from SCCA records at the IMRRC.