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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Bryar Motorsports Park, 29 May 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bob Lazier March 722 - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
40 44m 19.2s
86.643 mph
2 Chuck Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
Quicksilver (see note 2)
40 44m 35.8s
3 Tom Outcault March 722 - Ford twin cam
Troco (see note 3)
40
4 Ken Duclos Brabham BT29 [2] - Ford twin cam
KayDee Auto (see note 4)
40
5 Frank Del Vecchio March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
Analube (see note 5)
40
6 Nick Cook Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
40
7 Hiroshi Shimizu Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing
40
8 Paul Keeler March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
Analube (see note 7)
39
9 Bob Esseks Brabham BT29/35 - Ford twin cam
38
10 Aubrey O'Connor Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 8)
38
11 Seb Barone March 722 - Ford twin cam
JC Competition Engineering (see note 9)
37
12 Bob Isnor Brabham BT21 [4?] - Ford twin cam
KayDee Auto (see note 10)
37
13 Joe Grimaldi March 722 - Ford twin cam
Raceshop (see note 11)
35 Accident
14 Dave Ober Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
Sunlook Racing (see note 12)
30 Transmission
15 Peter W Nye March 712M - Ford twin cam
Nye Racing (see note 13)
30 Mechanical'
16 Thomas C. Jones Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
Jones Racing (see note 14)
29 Running
17 Bobby Brown Chevron B20 [72-3] - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 15)
26 Mechanical'
18 Mike Rand March 71BM [15] - Ford twin cam
Analube (see note 16)
26 Electrical
19 Bill Middleton Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
(see note 17)
15 Unknown
20 Lee Herron Wildcat WB72 - Ford twin cam
Wildcat Racing
15 Overheating
21 Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 18)
12 Accident
22 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
Bancroft Motorsport (see note 19)
8 Oil pressure
23 Jim Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
Quicksilver (see note 20)
8 Clutch
24 Mario Pistritto March 705 - Ford twin cam
LZP Enterprises (see note 21)
2 Accident
DNS Chuck Dietrich March 722 - Ford twin cam
Raceshop (see note 22)
Did not start
(Unknown)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tom Outcault (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam 1.05.018
2 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
3 Bobby Brown (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-3] - Ford twin cam
4 Jim Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
5 Nick Cook (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
6 Chuck Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
7 Frank Del Vecchio (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
8 Paul Keeler (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
9 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
10 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
11 Ken Duclos (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [2] - Ford twin cam
12 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
13 Hiroshi Shimizu (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
14 Bob Esseks (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29/35 - Ford twin cam
15 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
16 Mike Rand (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [15] - Ford twin cam
17 Chuck Dietrich * (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
18 Aubrey O'Connor (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
19 Dave Ober (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
20 Bob Isnor (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 [4?] - Ford twin cam
21 Seb Barone (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
22 Mario Pistritto (FB) 1.6-litre March 705 - Ford twin cam
23 Lee Herron (FB) 1.6-litre Wildcat WB72 - Ford twin cam
24 Peter W Nye (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M - Ford twin cam
25 Thomas C. Jones (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 722 (Bob Lazier): Bob Lazier (Vail, CO) raced a black #6 March 722 in the Pro Formula B series in 1972, winning at Bryar Motorsports Park in May. The car was sold to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) for 1973, and he entered it for John Angus (formerly of Hartland, WI, but living in Marina Del Rey, CA at this time) for 1974. According to a later advert, this was the "76B" driven by Hatten at the IMSA Formula Atlantic race at Ontario in 1976, and it was then sold to George Seydel (Pasadena, CA), who raced a Formula B March in SCCA Regionals at Riverside in 1978. The SCCA Logbook for this car records its "Manufacturers Identification No." as 722-16, but this was the chassis number reported in Europe to be Xavier Perrot's F2 car, so this identity remains unconfirmed.
  2. March 722 (Chuck Sarich): Chuck Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #57 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Chuck finished second in the Southeast Division FB championship and qualified for the Runoffs, which he won. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, an advert by Steve Jizmagian in 1976 strongly suggested he had acquired the ex-Chuck Sarich car.
  3. March 722 (Tom Outcault): Tom Outcault (Middletown, OH) raced a green-and-yellow #3 March 722 in CenDiv and NEDiv Formula B and some Pro races in 1972, entered by Troco Racing of Cranford, NJ. Outcault upgraded to a March 73B, so the 722 may have been returned to Joe Grimaldi in trade. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Brabham BT29 [2] (Ken Duclos): Fred Ashplant (Franklin Lakes, NJ) ordered a Brabham BT29 for 1969 but the car was not delivered until August and Ashplant had moved on to other projects. The car was not used during 1969 and was still in its crate when sold to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for use in NEDiv Formula B. Duclos won the title with a massive 48 pts from the similar BT29 of Bob Welch. After a quiet season with the black BT29 in 1971 he reclaimed his title in 1972, beating the newer March of Michael Rand. He bought a new Brabham BT40 for 1973 and won the divisional title again that season. The BT29 went in part exchange to Fred Opert and from him to Peter Gates (Wilmington, DE) who ran it in NEDiv FB for three more seasons. After him it went to Ken Valan (Wilmington, DE) for 1976, winning the FB class of the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARS) based at Summit Point, then to John Galson and was then sold to the Midwest where it was expected to be converted into a sports racer. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. March 712M [71BM-2?] (Frank Del Vecchio): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro Formula B series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian, and it is very likely to have been the car driven by Ken Huband, Norm Joy and David Westgate in 1973 and 1974. Sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) to replace the 71BM he lost in a transporter fire in 1974. Fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine and raced as the LM Special until at least 1977. Whether it is the LM Special he raced from 1980 to 1983 is unclear. The car remained with Lanaro for many years and was eventually rebuilt to original 71BM specification about 1999. In late 2018, it was part of a package of cars bought from Lanaro by David Clubine (Brantford, ON), and was sold to a collector in Ontario.
  6. Brabham BT35 [6] (Nick Cook): New to Nick Cook and used in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1971. Retained for early 1972, but Cook does not appear in the UK after the end of April and this is probably the car taken to the USA to use in the SCCA series in 1972. Used by Rob Turnbull in British hillclimbs in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. Sold to Andrew Fraser in 1975, and shared by him and Tim Painter in Sprints in 1977. Retained by Fraser for 1978 and 1979, and appeared at Wiscombe Park events in 1980 and 1982. Then via David McLaughlin to Keith Norman about 1984 and used by him in HSCC events in the 1980s and 1990s. To Rob Haze (Netherlands) between 1992 and 1995, and then back to Norman again. To John Dunham April 2001, then to Ben Tyler 2003, then Peter Shaw 2004, then Dr John Monson 2007.
  7. March 722 [20] (Paul Keeler): Paul Keeler (Greenwich, CT) raced a #38 white-and-green March 722 in NEDiv SCCA Nationals and some Pro FB races in 1972. He was sponsored by Analube, and entered by Gracie Racing Enterprise Ltd of Greenwich, CT. Is is not yet clear what happened to the car in 1973, but in 1974 it was raced by Gerald Lieberg (Milford, CT) at a few SCCA races, and at the Watkins Glen Pro race. He continued to race the car in New England in 1975, 1976 and 1977. For 1978, it was bought from Lieberg by Jimmy Santos (Sunnyvale, CA), and rebuilt by Newman-Dreager to 76B specification. He raced it until 1982, and then sold it in April 1983 to Richard Lempe (aka Rick Sutherland). Lempe sold it in December 1984 to John Hafkenschiel (Palo Alto, CA), who kept it until January 1996 when it was sold to Keith Lively. Sold to a further owner in June 2001.
  8. Chevron B18C (Aubrey O'Connor): Aubrey O'Connor (Memphis, TN) raced a Chevron B18 as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1972, entered as either #78 or #88. O’Connor also raced a Triumph Spitfire in SCCA F Production in 1971 and 1972, and then moved to USAC stock car racing with a Pontiac in 1973. He was born in Craighead County, Arkansas on 30 December 1938 and died in Memphis, TN in November 2011. Nothing more is known of the Chevron.
  9. March 722 (Seb Barone): Sebastiano 'Seb' Barone (Portland, CT) raced a red-and-white #28 March 722 in Formula B in 1972, entered by J.C. Competition Eng.of Southington, CT. He first appeared at the Bogotá races, but was a non-starter. The car was also used by Bobby Brown, fitted with a Cosworth BDA and running as a Formula A in the Lime Rock Grand Prix in September. Barone finished second in NEDiv FB in 1972. He retained the car for SCCA Nationals in 1973, qualifying for the Runoffs. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Brabham BT21 [4?] (Bob Isnor): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.
  11. March 722 (Joe Grimaldi): Dale W. Lang (Woodstock, VT/Wilton, CT) raced a blue-and-white #21 March 722 in Pro FB and SCCA Nationals in 1972, entered by Joe Grimaldi's Race Shop, of Midland Park, NJ. It seems very likely that this was the car that Grimaldi himself raced in three Pro races in 1972, and it is therefore likely that this is the car Grimaldi hired to John Angus for the 1972 SCCA Runoffs. Lang raced the car again at the Road America and Watkins Glen Pro FB races in 1973. In between these two, Grimaldi drove a 722 at Trois-Rivières, entered as #81, the same number used by Lang at Road America the previous weekend, adding extra weight to the belief that they were sharing this car. Grimaldi had also raced Lang's 71BM in 1971 and would race his March 74B in 1974. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. Brabham BT29 (Dave Ober): Dave Ober (Suncook, NH) raced a Formula B Brabham BT29 in Northeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1971, ending the season with four points. He advertised the car in October that year, noting a HRE engine, but continued to race it in 1972, including the Pro FB race at Bryar that May. The car was red with yellow wings and raced as #45 in 1971 and #42 in 1972. Artwork of the car shows it wearing #21. Ober also raced a FB Brabham at a Regional in October 1970 but it is not known whether that was the same car. Nothing more known but the car's colour and the date Ober first had it are consistent with it being the former car of William Marsh (Muncie, IN).
  13. March 712M (Peter W Nye): Raced by Geoff Freeman (Yellow Springs, OH) in SCCA events in Central Division in 1971 but this 71BM did not appear in Pro events until bought by Peter Nye (Fostoria, OH) for the 1972 season. It may be the "ex-works 712 FB" advertised by 'Forward March' of Yellow Springs in February 1972. Nye crashed the car early in the season but rebuilt it on a new tub supplied by March and raced through 1972 and 1973 in Pro events and in SCCA. After relocating to Texas, Nye scored points in Southwest Division in 1974 and 1975. In 1974, Nye loaned the car to Galen Lyons (Austin, TX) and he raced it in one or two SCCA Nationals before it was sold to the Northwest US where its new owners planned to rebuild it as a sports car.
  14. Chevron B14 (Thomas C. Jones): In Sep 1970, a young Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) raced a blue and silver Chevron in the Mid-Ohio 'Pro' Formula B race. Trueman would later found the Red Roof Inn motel chain and use his ensuing wealth to form the Truesports racing team and win the Indy 500 in 1986. After the 1970 season, he sold the Chevron to one-time F1 driver Tom Jones (Euclid, OH) who understood it to be a B14 and entered it as such. He raced it in 1971 and 1972 and then traded it to Ed Zink for the remains of the McLaren M22 that Zink's nephew Harry Ingle had crashed at Road America. The later history of the Chevron is unknown.
  15. Chevron B20 [72-3] (Bobby Brown): Sold via Fred Opert to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for SCCA Formula B, and finished third and first in the two Bogotá races early in 1972. Brown then used it in the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B, winning the round at Lime Rock in July from pole position. The car is unknown through the 1973 season, and was next seen when entered by Freeman Racing Enterprises, the Chevron agent, for Price Cobb (Dallas, TX) in the Pro Formula Atlantic races in 1974. It was advertised by Cobb in early 1975, then advertised by Richard Jackson (Dallas, TX) in August 1975 as "ex-Brown" but still wearing the #2 that Cobb had used in 1974 and with updated bodywork, and advert that was repeated in February 1976. It was advertised by Cobb from Dallas again in December 1976, when it was available with new body and and with or without a BDA for $4500 or $3000, and again in April and June 1977. Next seen when sold by a dealer, Paul Lindell (Houston, TX), to James Sawyer in January 1978. Offered for sale on race-cars.com in February 2003, when it still had the same nose seen in the 1975 adverts, and was still in Texas. From Sawyer to Jeff McKay (Tacoma, WA) then on to Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO). Sold by Pawluczkowycz to Steve Marschman (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in May 2004.
  16. March 71BM [15] (Mike Rand): New to US dealer Joe Grimaldi and supplied in red bodywork. New to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) in time for the SCCA Runoffs, where he crashed in practice. Raced in Pro FB and SCCA Nationals in 1972. Sold to Charlie Gibson (Poughkeepsie, NY) for 1973, and again raced in Pro FB and in SCCA Nationals. Retained again for 1974, when it was run in the Canadian series in 73B specification. Also raced more rarely in 1975, before Gibson advertised it in early 1976. According to current owner Simon Perkins, it was sold for 1976 to "Eric Schneider who only did a few events and then neglected the car when he went off to college". In 1989, Charlie Gibson reacquired the car and resold it to Chris Smith, who had it refurbished by Derek Matthews at Ark Racing in 1989/1990. After racing it occasionally, Smith sold it to Perkins (North Newington, Oxfordshire) who did a few US Vintage races in 2002 and 2003 before bringing the car back to the UK in 2004. He has since raced it in HSCC and European F2 races.
  17. Lola T240 (Bill Middleton): Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) bought a yellow #31 Lola T240 late in the 1971 Southern Pacific FB season to replace an elderly Brabham BT21C. He won enough points in this car to clinch second place in the division. Retained for 1972 and used in both Pro and SPDiv events, winning the division by a considerable margin. Last seen in late July 1972, after which Middleton acquired a Brabham BT38B. Advertised by Fred Opert in February 1973, implying it had gone to Opert in part-exchange when Middleton bought the Brabham. Subsequent history unknown.
  18. Chevron B18C (Carl Liebich): Carl Liebich (Plymouth, Wisconsin) raced a yellow Chevron B18 in SCCA Nationals in 1971, entered as #78. In 1972 he ran a yellow Chevron B18C, presumed to be the same car, entered as #79, and used in the Pro Formula B series, in the Players Canadian Formula B series, and in SCCA Nationals. Also raced by Liebich at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert as ex-Liebich, and blue-and-yellow in February 1973, and sold to Frank Sangiorgio (North Babylon, Long Island, NY) who raced it SCCA and EMRA racing around Bridgehampton from 1973 to 1975 at least. Sangiorgio was EMRA Formula B champion for 1973. He advertised the car in in September 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  19. March 722 (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA) raced a blue-and-white #82 March 722 in Formula B in 1972, under his own Bancroft Motorsport banner. He retained the car for 1973, when it ran as #12 and was fitted with Falconer bodywork. Later that season, the car was rented to Rocky Moran for a few races. Bancroft appeared in a few SCCA races at Riverside in the car during 1974, when it was still wearing Falconer bodywork. Subsequent history unresolved, but Richard Paul recalls buying this car for the 1975 season, when BDA engines were allowed in Pro races but not in SCCA races, fitting 732 bodywork and using it as a spare car.
  20. March 722 (Jim Sarich): Jim Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #67 or #56 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Jim finished eighth in the Southeast Division FB championship. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, in January 1976, C.L. Phillips (Palos Park, IL) advertised a March 722 which he said was metallic blue, had a 1975 nose, and was a "former Quicksilver championship car". Steve Jizmagian at that time had a red 722 that was described similarly, so Philips' car is likely to have been the Chuck Sarich car.
  21. March 705 (Mario Pistritto): Ronald Stanwicks (Newington, CT) acquired a brand new March 705 but within a day or so of taking delivery, he was taken unwell with a heart condition, and he decided not to race again. The unused March was sold over the winter to Seb Barone (Portland, CT) who used it in SCCA Northeast Division Formula B in 1971, scoring four points. Sold at the end of 1971 to Mario Pistritto (Hartford, CT), who raced a red #55 March 705 in Northeast Division SCCA Formula B in 1972 and 1973. In July 1974 he advertised the car in the New England Region 'Pit Talk' newsletter as a "F/B March" with new engine and fuel injection. Nothing more is known of this car. Pistritto died in Syracuse, Sicily, in 2012.
  22. March 722 (Chuck Dietrich): Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) raced a blue-and-white #30 or #31 March 722 in CenDiv and NEDiv Formula B and some Pro races in 1972. Photographs suggest this was the car raced by Freddy van Beuren in the Formula B race at Caracas in February 1973. Subsequent history unknown.

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.

1970 US FB results were compiled from Autoweek reports by Jim Thurman; 1971 results were transcribed from Autoweek by Allen Brown and 1972 results were compiled by Chris Townsend from an SCCA results publication.

The US Formula B series did not continue in 1973 but a race was organised in Caracas in March 1973 that fits here probably better than anywhere else, as do the occasional SCCA F/Atlantic and FB races in 1974 and 1975.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.