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Can-Am Challenge Race

Caesars Palace, 26 Sep 1982

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Danny Sullivan March 827 - Chevrolet V8
#5 Newman/Budweiser
66 1h 38m 29.36s
91.230 mph
2 Al Unser Jr Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8
#15 Galles Racing
66 1h 39m 18s
3 Al Holbert VDS 001 [(002?)] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Racing Team VDS (see note 1)
66
4 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 3-litre Ensign N180B [MN15] - Cosworth DFV V8
Amco Racing
65
5 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#69 Elite Racing (see note 2)
63
6 John Kalagian Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#9 Kalagian-Ardisana Racing
63
7 Frank Joyce Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#43 TRW Phantom
62
8 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 [812-7] - Hart 420R
#25 Red Roof Inns (see note 3)
61
9 John Graham (Can-Am) 3-litre March 811 [RM05] - Cosworth DFV V8
Gordon Lightfoot Racing
61
10 John Morton Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#46 CGI/Daffy
61
11 Tom Foster (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ - Hart 420R
#72 Tracer Racing
60
12 Rick Parsons Conquest - Chevrolet V8
#76 DY-CON Inc.
59
13 Randy Lewis Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
#2 Cribari Wine
59
14 Horst Kroll Lola T332 [T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
Kroll Racing
58 Mechanical
15 Rex Ramsey Lola T530 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#22 Ramsey Solution (see note 4)
57
16 E. B. Lunken (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Invader 002 (March 802) [18] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
#61 Lou Infante Invaders
55 Mechanical
17 Paul Macey (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU78] - Ford
#74 GPS Racing
52
18 Chuck Billington (unknown) Ralt
Billington Welding
48 Out of fuel
19 Michael Brayton Lola T530 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#12 Lutzoff Automotive (see note 5)
45
20 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80 [172] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing
44 Oil leak
21 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (sports) 2-litre Osella PA9 [110] - BMW M12/7
#33 Canadian Tire Racing (see note 6)
42
22 Jerry Molnar (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Invader 001 (Chevron B29) [29-75-14] - Ford BDG
Lou Infante Motoracing
35 Mechanical
23 Horst Kwech (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman TG280 [3] - Hart 420R
Ausca Racing
4 Crash
24 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman T850 [02] - Hart 420R
Ausca Racing (see note 7)
4 Crash
25 Dan Johnson Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#38 Johnson Enterprises (see note 8)
3 Mechanical
26 Charles Monk (Can-Am 2l) March 77S/802 [77ST-1]
#30 Monk Racing (see note 9)
1 Spun
T Danny Sullivan Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
Newman/Budweiser
(Only used in practice)

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

Qualifying
1 Danny Sullivan (Can-Am) 5-litre March 827 - Chevrolet V8 1m 24.302s

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. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Toleman T850 [02] (Eddie Wachs): Kenny Acheson's car at Silverstone 29 Mar 1981 and as a working assumption, the same car used all season.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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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