Can-Am Challenge Race
Brainerd, 22 Jul 1984
|1||Michael Roe||VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8
#2 Dallas Motorsports Inc. (see note 1)
|2||Horst Kroll||Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Kroll Racing
|39||1h 02m 17.7s
|3||Kim Campbell||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832  - BMW M12/7 Heidegger
|4||Eddie Wachs||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman TG280  - Hart 420R
#6 Ausca Racing
|5||Jerry Hansen||VDS 001 - Chevrolet V8
#48 (see note 2)
|6||Ron Canizares||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 812  - Hart 420R
#8 Ares Sports (see note 3)
|7||Drake Olson||Frissbee GR3 [Lola T332 HU53] - Chevrolet V8
|8||Armando Trentini||(sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84  - BMW M12/7
#22 Houston Can-Am Racers Inc. (see note 4)
|9||John Gunn||Phoenix 84 [JG-1-001 GTP] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Holly Racing (see note 5)
|10||Randy Zimmer||(Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1  - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#14 Output Improvements (see note 6)
|11||Bill Hill||(Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Banana Crate [March 722-38] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#73 (see note 7)
|12||Walter Lechner||(Can-Am) 3-litre Williams FW07C  - Cosworth DFV V8
#55 Walter Lechner Racing School
(see note 8)
|13||Enrique Mansilla||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 ["23"] - BMW M12/7
#4 (see note 9)
|14||Bill Tempero||Theodore TY02 [2?] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Zena Jeans Racing
|15||Bertil Roos||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R
#69 Elite Racing (see note 10)
|16||Mike Engstrand||March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8
|DNS||Bill Blackledge||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA84 [March 812] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing
|Did not start|
|DNSC||Jim Crawford||March 847  - Chevrolet V8
#0 RK Racing
|Did not start (crashed)|
All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.
|1||Michael Roe||(Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 002 - Chevrolet V8||1m 24.814s|
|2||Jerry Hansen||(Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 001 - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.67s|
|3||Horst Kroll||(Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 31.191s|
|4||Walter Lechner||(Can-Am) 3-litre Williams FW07C  - Cosworth DFV V8||1m 31.621s|
|5||Kim Campbell||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832  - BMW M12/7 Heidegger||1m 31.746s|
|6||Enrique Mansilla||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 822 ["23"] - BMW M12/7||1m 33.041s|
|7||Bertil Roos||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA82 [March 782] - Hart 420R||1m 33.155s|
|8||Eddie Wachs||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Toleman TG280  - Hart 420R||1m 33.423s|
|9||John Gunn||(Can-Am) 5-litre Phoenix 84 [JG-1-001 GTP] - Chevrolet V8||1m 33.474s|
|10||Drake Olson||(Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee GR3 [Lola T332 HU53] - Chevrolet V8||1m 35.511s|
|11||Bill Tempero||(Can-Am) 5-litre Theodore TY02 [2?] - Chevrolet V8||1m 37.565s|
|12||Ron Canizares||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 812  - Hart 420R||1m 39.033s|
|13||Bill Blackledge *||(Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Marguey CA84 [March 812] - Hart 420R||1m 39.983s|
|14||Armando Trentini||(sports) 2-litre Osella PA9B/84  - BMW M12/7||1m 43.366s|
|15||Randy Zimmer||(Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1  - Mazda 13B twin rotor||1m 44.191s|
|16||Mike Engstrand||(Can-Am) 5-litre March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8||1m 49.386s|
|17||Bill Hill||(Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Banana Crate [March 722-38] - Mazda 13B twin rotor||1m 53.207s|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- 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".
- VDS 001 (Jerry Hansen): 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.
- March 812  (Ron Canizares): Martin Spetz observed the number '812-009' on Canizares' March 812-Hart at Road Atlanta in 1984.
- Osella PA9B/84  (Armando Trentini): Martin Spetz observed the number 'Osella PA9B/84-126' on Trentini's Osella at Road Atlanta in 1984. As Mancini's car was also entered by Fiorano Sports Cars of Houston, as Trentini's had been, it is assumed to be the same car.
- Phoenix 84 [JG-1-001 GTP] (John Gunn): Martin Spetz noted "'83 JG-1-001 GTP" against Gunn's "Phoenix 84" at Road Atlanta in 1984, positively identifying it as the same JG1 that Gunn drove in IMSA GTP events in 1983 and 1984. At Green Valley in Oct 1984, Gunn's car is listed as Phoenix 85 and this may have been a new car.
- Rondel M1  (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.
- Banana Crate [March 722-38] (Bill Hill): Presumably one of the March 722s used in Formula B and Formula Atlantic on the west coast of the US in 1972 and 1973 but nothing certain is known of this car until it was bought from Chuck Willis of CRW Engineering by Bill Hill (Olympia, WA) in 1981. The car had chassis number 722-38 and Bill was led to believe that it had been raced by Ron Dykes and by Kevin Cogan, both presumably in SCCA Nationals and Regionals as neither appeared in a 722 in Pro racing. Hill fitted a Mazda engine and a sports car body and raced the car in SCCA ASR and in Can-Am as the "Marzda" or the "Banana Crate". Crashed in a SCCA Regional (NW Region) at Olympia Airport in September 1986. Hill then bought a Lola T360 and the March chassis stayed in the rafters of his garage for many years. Reported to have been sold in October 2013.
- Williams FW07C  (Walter Lechner): Built new in 1981, Williams FW07C/15 was raced by Alan Jones at Monaco, and by Keke Rosberg at Long Beach in 1982. It was then sold to Colin Bennett Racing and fitted with a 3.8-litre DFV for Mike Wilds to race in the 1983 British Open series. Wilds won the first race, only for the series to be cancelled. The car was converted to Can-Am spec for 1984, but was wrecked by Walter Lechner at Trois-Rivières. Rebuilt on a new chassis, it was a rental car in Interserie before being crashed again. Lechner sold it to an American who raced it in US historic racing (HGP) from 1992 to 1995. Five subsequent owners have raced it in HGP, TGP and Masters F1.
- March 822 ["23"] (Enrique Mansilla): After its relatively brief Can-Am career, Enrique Mansilla's March 822 returned to the UK and was raced in libre by Eddie McLurg. The chassis number '822-23' was supplied by Kevan McLurg but as the highest number for a 822 was 822-13, this must be wrong. The 1982 March production had chassis plate numbers as well as chassis numbers and chassis plate '82 23' was on chassis 822-4, March Racing's car for Christian Danner. It is distinctly possible that Mansilla had got the ex-Danner car.
- 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.
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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