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Can-Am Challenge Race

Mosport Park, 12 Sep 1982

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Al Unser Jr Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8
#15 Galles Racing
60 1h 15m 53.009s
116.638 mph
2 Danny Sullivan March 827 - Chevrolet V8
#5 Paul Newman
60 1h 16m 15.658s
3 Al Holbert VDS 001 [(002?)] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Racing Team VDS (see note 1)
60 1h 16m 27.082s
4 John Morton Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#46 CGI-Daffy
57
5 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 3-litre Ensign N180B [MN15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#73 Amco Racing
57
6 John Kalagian Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#9 Kalagian-Ardisana Racing
56
7 Rex Ramsey Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#22 Ramsey Solution (see note 2)
56
8 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#16 Ausca International
55
9 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 [812-7] - Hart 420R
#25 Red Roof Inns (see note 3)
55
10 Robb Woltring Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8
#48 Western Fleet
55
11 Horst Kroll Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Kroll Racing
54
12 John Graham (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Gordon Lightfoot Racing
54
13 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9 [110] - BMW M12/7
#33 Canadian Tire Racing (see note 4)
54
14 Charles Monk (Can-Am 2l) March 77S/802 [77ST-1]
#30 Monk Racing (see note 5)
53
15 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford
#58 Pechmann Racing
52
16 Jerry Molnar (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Invader 001 (Chevron B29) [29-75-14] - Ford BDG
#21 Lou Infante Motoracing
49
17 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford BDD
#96 Rodeo Jeans
43
18 Frank Joyce Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#43 TRW Corporation Phantom
43 Unknown
19 Paul Macey (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU78] - Ford
#74 GPS Racing
40 Unknown
20 Bill Blackledge (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80 [172] - Hart 420R
#67 Elite Racing
33 Unknown (practiced as #68)
21 Scott Goodyear (Can-Am 2l) Cicale-Ralt
#77 Midland Racing
24 Unknown
22 Michael Brayton Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#12 Lutzoff Automotive (see note 6)
23 Unknown
23 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#69 Elite Racing (see note 7)
11 Engine
24 Luc Behar (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Ford
#28 Garo Racing (see note 8)
5 Unknown
DNS E. B. Lunken (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Invader 002 (March 802) [18] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
#61 Lou Infante Invaders
Did not start
(engine failure in warmup)
DNQ Duane Eitel Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
#23 Blue Engineering ('MLR 003')
Did not qualify
DNQ Duff Hubbard Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#36
Did not qualify
DNQ Randy Zimmer (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - VW Rabbitt
#42 Output Improvements (see note 9)
Did not qualify
DNQ Bob Roy (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Ford BDD Cosworth
#44 Leemond/Ralt BRI
Did not qualify
DNQ Arnold Glass (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM06] - Cosworth DFV V8
#56 Colin Bennett Racing
Did not qualify
DNA Charles Monk (Can-Am) Lola T332
Monk Racing
Did not arrive
DNA John Graham 'Frissbee' - Chevrolet V8
Gordon Lightfood
Did not arrive
DNA TBA Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8
#7 Galles Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Freberg Lola T530 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Can-Am Racing (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Maurizio Flammini (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
#20 Genoa Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Ken Dunn Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8
#49 Western Fleet
Did not arrive
DNA Val Musetti (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#57 Colin Bennett Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Rick Parsons Conquest - Chevrolet V8
#76
Did not arrive
DNA John Macaluso (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [26] - Ford BDD
#84 Microlon Special
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Al Unser Jr (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8 1m 10.399s
2 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 001 [(002?)] - Chevrolet V8 1m 10.576s
3 Danny Sullivan (Can-Am) 5-litre March 827 - Chevrolet V8 1m 10.988s
4 John Morton (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8 1m 14.390s
5 John Kalagian (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.885s
6 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R 1m 16.439s
7 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 3-litre Ensign N180B [MN15] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 16.704s
8 Rex Ramsey (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8 1m 17.591s
9 Frank Joyce (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8 1m 17.941s
10 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 [812-7] - Hart 420R 1m 17.950s
11 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9 [110] - BMW M12/7 1m 18.326s
12 Robb Woltring (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola - Chevrolet V8 1m 18.327s
13 Michael Brayton (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1m 19.643s
14 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R 1m 19.926s
15 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 20.746s
16 Charles Monk (Can-Am 2l) March 77S/802 [77ST-1] 1m 21.568s
17 John Graham (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM05] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 22.255s
18 Scott Goodyear (Can-Am 2l) Cicale-Ralt 1m 22.405s
19 E. B. Lunken * (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Invader 002 (March 802) [18] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger 1m 22.711s
20 Bill Blackledge (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80 [172] - Hart 420R 1m 22.972s
21 Paul Macey (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU78] - Ford 1m 23.083s
22 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Ford 1m 23.826s
23 Arnold Glass * (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM06] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 26.088s
24 Duff Hubbard * (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 1m 26.978s
25 Jerry Molnar (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Invader 001 (Chevron B29) [29-75-14] - Ford BDG 1m 27.700s
26 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford BDD 1m 28.777s
27 Duane Eitel * (Can-Am) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8 1m 31.133s
28 Luc Behar (sports) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Ford 1m 35.424s
29 Randy Zimmer * (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - VW Rabbitt 17m 30.701s
30 Bob Roy * (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Ford BDD Cosworth no time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. VDS 001 [(002?)] (Al Holbert): 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. Lola T530 [HU4] (Rex Ramsey): Built April 1980. New to VDS Racing for 1980 and used as Geoff Brabham's T-car for the first part of the season, becoming his race car after HU3 was destroyed in a practice accident at Road America in July. Retained for 1981 and raced by Brabham until the team's new T530-based VDS-001 was ready. Sold to Rex Ramsey 1982 but very heavily damaged in an accident at Laguna Seca in October. The damaged and disassembled car sold to Mike McComas (Pampa, TX) 1988 and sold by him to Paul Sauer (Woodside, CA). In 2002, the car was still completely apart with the new tub still under construction.
  3. March 822 [812-7] (Jim Trueman): Jim Trueman's 1982 Can-Am car is described in a variety of ways in that season's entry lists, ranging from a 822-Hart at Mid-Ohio to a Special at Caesars Palace. However, March records show that chassis 812-7 was invoiced to Trueman's Red Roof Inns on 28 May 1982 (invoice 5027). A list of March cars built in 1982 shows no sign of a 822 going to Trueman so his car must have been this 812.
  4. Osella PA9 [110] (Jacques Villeneuve Sr): Jacques Villeneuve Sr drove an Osella PA9-BMW sports car during the 1982 Can-Am season. This car had began life as a PA8, chassis 091, for Gimax in 1980 and had been converted to PA9 specification and renumbered 110 for Villeneuve's Can-Am run. The car reappeared briefly for Scott Goodyear to drive in 1983.
  5. March 77S/802 [77ST-1] (Charles Monk): 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.
  6. Lola T530 [HU8] (Michael Brayton): 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.
  7. Marguey CA82 [March 782] (Bertil Roos): 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.
  8. Chevron B26 [74-08] (Luc Behar): 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.
  9. Rondel M1 [201] (Randy Zimmer): Sold new to Chris Meek to run in British Atlantic and Libre racing with Tate of Leeds support; also used by Tom Pryce for three Atlantic races. Sold via Fred Opert to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) for Formula B in 1974 but damaged in a road accident. Sold still damaged, but with a new tub from Opert, to Ron Ignatowski; rebuilt and used in SCCA Formula C until 1980 when sold to Randy Zimmer as the basis for his Can Am car. Raced with a Volkswagen engine in 1982 and then with a Mazda rotary engine in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986. Entered for Jim Del Russo in the 1987 CAT championship. Retained by Zimmer as of 2011.
  10. Lola T530 [HU9] (Mike Freberg): Built July 1980. New to Garvin Brown Racing for driver Danny Sullivan, replacing the Intrepid GB1. Raced for the rest of 1980 but Garvin Brown then acquired the ex-Rosberg car from Newman Racing and Sullivan raced that car instead at the start of 1981. Assumed for now that HU9 remained as Sullivan's backup car through the 1981 season. Sold to Mike Freberg (Toronto, Ontario) and raced by him through the 1982 Can-Am season but heavily damaged at Laguna Seca in October 1982. Mike Brayton is reported to have bought this car, repaired it and sold it to Burke Ratcliffe but the exact details are not known. 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.

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