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Can-Am Challenge Race

Mosport Park, 13 Sep 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Teo Fabi March 817 - Chevrolet V8
#6 Paul Newman Racing
60 1h 15m 27.667s
117.279 mph
2 Bobby Rahal March 817 - Chevrolet V8
#5 Paul Newman Racing
60 1h 15m 27.713s
3 Geoff Brabham VDS 001 - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team VDS (see note 1)
60 1h 16m 01.659s
4 Tom Klausler Frissbee-Prophet - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
58
5 Paul Macey (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU78] - Ford
#74 Macey Racing
52
6 John Graham (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Ford BDG
#77 Midland Racing (see note 2)
51
7 Danny Sullivan Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Garvin Brown Racing Team (see note 3)
50 Transmission
8 Jeff Wood Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl Haas Racing Team Ltd. (see note 4)
49 Flat tyre
9 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#25 Red Roof Inns
49 Upright
10 Dan Johnson Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#38 Danny Johnson (see note 5)
49 Upright
11 Tim Evans (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-106] - Ford BDG
#51 Red Roof Inns
48
12 Mike Freberg Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#36 Horst Kroll Racing
38 Engine
13 Bob Roy (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre March 744/CF1 [74B-10] - Ford BDD
#44 COPES Plus
34
14 Greg Sorrentino (Can-Am 2l) March 77S/802 [77ST-1]
#41 Greg Sorrentino (see note 6)
31
15 Al Holbert Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#14 CRC Chemicals
1 Engine
16 Michel Prévost (sports) 1.8-litre Lola T212 [HU34] - Cosworth FVC
#35 Michel Prevost
1 Engine
DNS Horst Kroll Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
Did not start
DNS Dick Leppla (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06?] - Ford BDG
#57 Crane & Shovel Sales (see note 7)
Did not start
DNS Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
#58 Roman Pechmann Racing
Did not start
DNA Duane Eitel Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
#23 EKR Racing ('MLR')
Did not arrive
DNA Bill Blackledge (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80 [172] - Hart 420R
#42 Blackledge Racing
Did not arrive
DNA John Morton Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#46 John Morton
Did not arrive
DNA E. B. Lunken (Can-Am 2l) March 73S/77S [14]
#61 S.O.D.E.S. (see note 8)
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA80 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing (see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Joe Salyer (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26/B31 - Ford
#73 Systems-Mechanical
Did not arrive
DNA Rick Parsons Conquest - Chevrolet V8
#76 DY-CON
Did not arrive
DNA Robert Goulet McKee Mk 18C ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
#92 Goulet Sahara (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Jake Jeppeson (sports) 2-litre Chevron B23 - Ford
#99 Jeppeson Motorracing
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Teo Fabi (Can-Am) 5-litre March 817 - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.127s
2 Bobby Rahal (Can-Am) 5-litre March 817 - Chevrolet V8
3 Geoff Brabham (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 001 - Chevrolet V8
4 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
5 Danny Sullivan (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
6 Jeff Wood (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] - Chevrolet V8
7 Tom Klausler (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Prophet - Chevrolet V8
8 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
9 Dan Johnson (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
10 Horst Kroll * (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
11 Tim Evans (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-106] - Ford BDG
12 Mike Freberg (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
13 Paul Macey (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU78] - Ford
14 John Graham (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Ford BDG
15 Greg Sorrentino (Can-Am 2l) March 77S/802 [77ST-1]
16 Bob Roy (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre March 744/CF1 [74B-10] - Ford BDD
17 Dick Leppla * (sports) 2-litre Chevron B36 [36-76-06?] - Ford BDG
18 Roman Pechmann * (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
19 Michel Prévost (sports) 1.8-litre Lola T212 [HU34] - Cosworth FVC
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. VDS 001 (Geoff Brabham): New for the VDS team in 1981 and raced by Geoff Brabham, winning from pole first time out at Edmonton in August 1981. Raced with great success by Geoff Brabham in 1981 and then by Al Holbert in 1982 alongside a new car VDS-002. Sold to Jerry Hansen for 1983 and 1984, winning the ASR class at the Runoffs both years. Bought by John Foulston for 1985 but presented by him at the time as a rebuild of the standard T530 that he had raced in 1984. As part of this, it was fitted with the chassis plate of Foulston's previous Lola T530 HU10. VDS-001 then raced by Foulston and his co-drivers in UK Thundersports from 1985 until his death in 1987. Sold at auction by the Foulston estate in 1997 when the car still wore the HU10 chassis plate and no mention was made of its life as VDS-001. Bought by dealer and racer Nick Whale (Evesham, Worcestershire) 1997 and run by him at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998. Sold to Don Braaten (Janesville, WI) 2000.
  2. Chevron B26 [74-08] (John Graham): After the closure of Red Rose Racing, Roger Hire struck a deal to run works-assisted Chevron B26s in 1974 under the name Forge Mill Racing. John Lepp ran the main car and Rafael Barrios joined the team to run a second B26, now positively identified as chassis 74-08. This car only raced once in 1975 but was then bought by Robin Smith to be used in endurance and Interserie in 1976. Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) acquired it for Can-Am in early 1977 and raced it for three seasons, winning the Pacific Coast title in 1978 and the last BSR title at the Run-Offs. It went to John Graham in Canada for the 1981 season and then to Luc Behar-Bannelier for 1982. The B26 was sold to Gil Baird for Thundersports in England in 1983 then to Richard Piper for another three seasons during which time it was converted to DFV power before moving to Ireland in the late 1980s where it stayed for nearly 15 years. It was sold back to the US again around 2003 and has raced in US vintage racing.
  3. Lola T530 [HU8] (Danny Sullivan): Built May 1980. New to RJ Nelkin (Roslyn, NY/Woodbury, NY) for Can-Am in 1980 and rebuilt on fresh tub after an accident. Sold by Nelkin to Newman Racing August 1980 but they changed their mind and the car quickly passed to Garvin Brown Racing for Danny Sullivan in the last half of 1980. Retained for 1981. Sold to Mike Brayton and raced in Can-Am in 1982. Later sold to Burke Ratcliffe to be used in Thundersports in England in 1986 but wrecked in a testing accident at Brands Hatch in June 1986. Retubbed and rebuilt by Jack Smith of VDS. Believed to be the car raced by Andy Ratcliffe (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire), Mike Wilds and David Leslie in 1986, winning the last two races of the season. Also then likely to be the car shared by Wilds and Ian Flux through the 1987 season, winning two races, and then by Flux and other in 1988, when it dominated the series. Then to Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) 1989 and then to Bud Bennett of RM Motorsport (Wixom, Michigan) 1996. Completely restored by Bennett to Garvin Brown livery. It then went via either Scot Kennedy or Ron Coburn to Norm Goldrich (Cincinnati,OH) 1998 and was still with him in September 2001. Sold to Gregg Jackson (El Paso, TX) 2002 then to Kim Baker 2009 or 2010 and then to Larry Galbo (Buffalo, NY) 2011.
  4. Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] (Jeff Wood): Built July 1980 and invoiced to Bobby Rahal for Herb Caplan's U.S. Racing but the team decided to focus on their existing Prophet Can-Am cars and HU10 was returned to Carl Haas. It then appears to have gone to VDS as a backup car after their HU3 was wrecked at Road America in July 1980. If so, it is not known whether it was raced. Carl Haas then acquired the car again to replace HU2, after that car was wrecked at Watkins Glen in 1981 by Jeff Wood. Sold to John Foulston 1982 together with HU1 for use in Thundersports. When Foulton's car first appeared, it had red livery almost identical to Wood's usual car and with the same high rollhoop that only appeared on Wood's 1981 car(s). In September 1983, this car was observed to be wearing the HU10 chassis plate. Raced by Foulston and co-drivers HSCC Chairman Brian Cocks and John Brindley in Thundersports during 1983 and 1984. At that point Foulston wanted to modify the T530 to VDS form but too many modifications were required and the project was abandoned. Instead Foulston bought VDS-001 from Carl Haas and transferred the T530 HU10 plate onto it, inferring that he had modified HU10. After Foulston's death, his family sold the car to David Brazell (Towcester, Northamptonshire) 1996.
  5. Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] (Dan Johnson): New for 1973 season. Doug Shierson for Peter Gethin: raced in UK 1973 (won Race of Champions) and US 1973. To Roger Bighouse (Eastlake, OH): raced in US 1974 (7 races); US 1975 (4 races + 1 DNS) - Pat McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH): raced in US 1976 (1 race) and Can-Am 1977 (4 races + 1 DNS); probably the car entered by McGonegle as 'Mannix MX-2' in Can-Am 1978; advertised April 1979 - Danny Johnson (Kewanee, IL) 1979: raced in Can-Am 1979 (1 race), Can-Am 1981 (5 races), Can-Am 1982 (6 races) - Brian R Taylor (now Clive, Iowa) for Mike Engstrand (Des Moines, Iowa): raced in Can-Am 1985 (3 races) - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) - Anthony Taylor (Blackburn, UK) 2001: due to be rebuilt and raced in FORCE Historic F5000 series (UK) 2001. Then unknown until owned by Greg Thornton in 2011 and raced in UK and New Zealand 2011/12. Badly damaged in a fire at Thornton's garage in June 2012 but completely reconstructed.
  6. March 77S/802 [77ST-1] (Greg Sorrentino): Built new for 1974, fitted with a BMW engine and entered by March Engineering for Jean Ragnotti in the European 2-litre Sports Car championship, with Antar sponsorship. Fitted with a Richardson FVC after the first few races, and later with a Cosworth BDG. Retained by March for 1975, fitted with a Hart 420R engine, updated to 75S specification and plated as '75S-U2' for John Lepp to race. The car was retained again for 1976, now to 76S specification and reportedly using the identity '76S-1', now raced by Lepp as part of the Ultramar team. Sold to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for the 1977 Can-Am season, now using the identity '77ST-1'. Sold to Greg Sorrentino (Troy, Michigan) and raced in 1979. In 1980, it was converted to centre-seat specification with a new body fabricated by Dave Craddock and campaigned in this form by Sorrentino in 1981, described as a March 802. To Charlie Monk (Sarnia, Ontario) for 1982, and then via John Adams Racing & John Kalagian to J. Byron Walker (Detroit, Michigan). Raced by Walker in 1983 and 1984 before being stored. Walker later acquired the 1977 bodywork from EB Lunken, who had used it on his March 73S, and found Lepp's Ultramar livery under the layers of paint. In 2013, Walker was in the process of restoring the car to its 1975 specification.
  7. Chevron B36 [36-76-06?] (Dick Leppla): New to Mort Platt (Kansas City, MO) and used in SCCA BSR racing from 1976 to 1978, qualifying for the Run-Offs each year. Also used in Can-Am races at Road America in July 1977 and July 1978. Then to Chris Strong (Lawrence, KS) and used in Can-Am in 1979 and 1980. Then probably the car raced by Dick Leppla in Can-Am in 1981 and still being raced in BSR several years later. Then via Ed Henning (early 1990s), Rudy Junco and Steve Fusillo to Brian Stark (Mequon, WI) by around 2004. Still with Stark in 2013.
  8. March 73S/77S [14] (E. B. Lunken): Sold new to Henry Candler (Lakewood, CO) and used by him in a few British sport car races in May and June 1973, before he took it back to the US for SCCA racing in the BSR class. Candler soon decided the car was too quick for him, and he sold the car to his cousin, Edmund Backus Lunken (Cincinnati, Ohio), who entered his cars as E. B. Lunken, and was known to his friends as Ebby. Lunken first raced the car in 1977, then used it in the Can-Am series from 1978 to 1982. There has been some debate over the engine used in the 73S during this time, with some reports that it was a Ford, and others that it was a BMW. Irv Zwicker, who built engine for Ebby, says Lunken used BMW engine with Heidegger rods, Kugelfischer fuel injection and a proprietary intake cam. Lunken still had the car in 2006.
  9. Marguey CA80 [March 782] (Richard Guider): Richard Guider (Ben Lomond, CA) bought a March 782 from the Toleman team at the end of 1979, and fitted it with Tony Cicale's original blue 1978/79 body from the Cicale-Ralt Can-Am car. Guider named this creation the Marguey CA80, and raced it in Can-Am in 1980 and 1981. Guider shared the car with Bertil Roos at the August 1981 Lumbermens 500, and Roos then raced the Marguey in 1982, a couple of races in 1983, and the first half of the 1984 season. Guider then took over the car, but crashed heavily in practice at Green Valley in October 1984, breaking both ankles and wrecking the March.
  10. McKee Mk 18C ['1'] (Robert Goulet): New for Dick DeJarld (Joliet, IL) in 1972, and raced in SCCA Formula A events. Appeared at the Michigan Pro F5000 event in 1973 but did not qualify from the heat. Raced by DeJarld until sold to Ed Midgley (Geneva, IL) for 1976, when it was also raced by Jerry Hansen at Blackhawk Farms. To Robert Goulet (Wauwatsoa, WI) for 1977, and raced in SCCA Formula A. Goulet converted the McKee to sports car bodywork for 1979, appearing at Brainerd in July that year in the ASR class. Raced in Can-Am in 1980 and 1981, then renamed the "Sabre 001" for Can-Am again in 1983, and again in 1985. To Bob McKee and raced by Bill Scott in CAT races in 1986 and 1987. Then restored to its original specification for new owner Tom Simpson (Peoria, IL), and used in vintage racing, appearing at the Chicago Historic Races at Road America in 1988. It ran alongside several other McKee cars in historic races at Road America in the early 1990s, and also ran at HSR Mid-Ohio in August 1993. After a 20-year gap, Simpson ran the Mk 18 again in historic events in 2006.

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.

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