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Can-Am Challenge Race

Lime Rock, 3 Jul 1983

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 3-litre Ensign N180B [MN15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Fernley Racing
80 1h 08m 20.345s
107.448 mph
2 Michael Roe VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8
#26 Norwood-Walker Racing (see note 1)
78 1h 08m 49.62s
3 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Scandia B-3 [March 812] - Hart 420R
#69 Bertil Roos Racing
78
4 Charles Monk Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#30 Charles Monk Racing
75
5 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing
73
6 E. B. Lunken (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Invader 002 (March 802) [18] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
#61 Scuderia Racing
73
7 Robert Meyer Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#39 Hohstadt Meyer Racing
72
8 Marzio Romano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
#20 Genoa Racing
69 Body damage
9 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Hart 420R
#56 Pechmann Racing
69
10 Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDD
#78 Jeremy Hill Racing
59 Engine
11 Milt Minter Escort - Chevrolet V8
#10 Herb Adams Racing
24 Engine
12 Jacques Villeneuve Sr Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8
#6 Canadian Tire
19 Head gasket
13 Bob Roy (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Hart 420R
#44 Roy Racing (see note 2)
16 Engine
14 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman T850 [02] - Hart 420R
#15 Ausca International Racing (see note 3)
15 Mechanical
15 J. Kurt Roehrig (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-106] - BMW M12/7
#71 Roehrig Racing
6 Oil pump
16 John Macaluso (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [26] - Ford BDD
#84 Macaluso Racing (Brabert FWH 001)
3 Engine
17 Mike Freberg (Can-Am) 3.8-litre Ralt RT1/Cicale - Chevrolet 229 ci V6
#33 Storrie Racing (see note 4)
2 Mechanical, spun
DNSC Phil Compton VDS 003 - Chevrolet V8
#25 Norwood-Walker Racing (see note 5)
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Claude Gou Lola T333CS [HU3?] - Chevrolet V8
#34 Wheatley Racing
Did not start (crashed)

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

Qualifying
1 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8 45.73s
2 Michael Roe (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8 46.508s
3 Jim Crawford (Can-Am) 3-litre Ensign N180B [MN15] - Cosworth DFV V8
4 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
5 Bertil Roos (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Scandia B-3 [March 812] - Hart 420R
6 Eddie Wachs (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman T850 [02] - Hart 420R
7 Marzio Romano (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [154] - Hart 420R
8 Charles Monk (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
9 Mike Freberg (Can-Am) 3.8-litre Ralt RT1/Cicale - Chevrolet 229 ci V6
10 Jeremy Hill (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDD
11 E. B. Lunken (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Invader 002 (March 802) [18] - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
12 Robert Meyer (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
13 Bob Roy (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU75] - Hart 420R
14 Claude Gou * (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU3?] - Chevrolet V8
15 Milt Minter (Can-Am) 5-litre Escort - Chevrolet V8
16 Roman Pechmann (sports) 2-litre Lola T290 [HU34] - Hart 420R
17 John Macaluso (Can-Am 2l) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [26] - Ford BDD
18 J. Kurt Roehrig (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-106] - BMW M12/7
19 Phil Compton * (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 003 - Chevrolet V8
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. VDS 002 (Michael Roe): New for the VDS team in 1982 and raced that season by Al Holbert, but exactly when he used VDS-001 and when he used VDS-002 is still uncertain. Acquired by Norwood-Walker Racing for 1983, together with the brand new VDS-003, but VDS-003 was destroyed at its first race. VDS-002 was driven by Michael Roe in 1983. The team was renamed Dallas Motorsports Inc for 1984 and VDS-002 was modified to side-radiator form for 1984, joined later by a new car VDS-004 in normal front-radiator form. Roe dominated the season, winning seven races. VDS-002 reappeared once more at Mosport Park at the start of 1985 when Dallas Motorsports boss Don Walker crashed it heavily in practice. The car remained dismantled for some time while Jack Smith repaired the monocoque. Dallas Motorsports cars and equipment were sold to Frank D'Aquanno (Monterey, CA) in 1987, and in 1989 VDS-002 was restored and sold to Jimmy Landrum (Dallas, TX). In August 2014, Craig McCormick reported that this car was "in a private collection in the Dallas, TX area, completely restored".
  2. Lola T294 [HU75] (Bob Roy): Mike Hall bought a new Lola T294 in 1974 for use in SCCA BSR racing. He was highly successful in the car at National level, winning the Run-Offs in 1975, and also competed in the Can-Am series from 1977 to 1980. The car was then sold to Chuck Storrie in Quebec and entered for 'Uncle' Jacques Villeneuve in Can-Am in 1982. It was bought from Storrie by Bob Roy for the 1983 season. Bob recalls selling it back to the US to somewhere in the Great Lakes area. The SCCA log book next records it being raced by Joe Graziano in vintage racing in Oct 1993. Sold by Graziano to Peter Read about 2008 and then to Steve Read in 2010. Prepared by Pete Racely (Sports Racing, Inc.) for the 2011 season. At the beginning fo the 2012 season, HU75 was being raced by Mike Thurlow (Kingsburg, CA).
  3. 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.
  4. Ralt RT1/Cicale (Mike Freberg): For the 1983 Can-Am season, Chuck Storrie installed a Chevrolet V6 engine into a Cicale-bodied Ralt RT1 chassis. The engine used is believed to be the 3.8-litre (229 ci) unit then being used in the third generation Chevrolet Camaro; effectively a 5-litre 302 ci engine with two cylinders removed. Mike Freberg drove the car for Storrie Racing but it did not prove competitive with the 5-litre cars in its class. Freberg drove it again in early 1984 as a Mike Freberg Racing entry. The Ralt has not yet been identified. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. VDS 003 (Phil Compton): Built by VDS over the 1982/83 winter but not completed until after the team's equipment had been sold to Norwood-Walker Racing. To be driven in Can-Am in 1983 by Phil Compton but he crashed it heavily in practice at Lime Rock in July 1983, at what would have been its first race. The chassis was determined to be unrepairable but some of the surviving components of the car were amongst the VDS cars and equipment acquired from Dallas Motorsports by Frank D'Aquanno (Monterey, CA) in 1987. These components were all sold to Craig McCormick (Houson, TX) in May 2014 and in December 2014, the monocoque was being rebuilt.

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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