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IMSA Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Laguna Seca, 2 May 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada/Skiroulle (see note 1)
33 0.35.29.418
106.001
2 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#70 Allan McCall
33 0.35.30.519
3 Johnny Gerber Chevron B34 [34.76.10] - Ford BDA BSR
#44 Bill Scott Racing
33
4 Bobby Brown Chevron B34 [34.76.07] - Ford BDA Morris
#79
33
5 Bobby Rahal March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy
#9 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 2)
33
6 Héctor Rebaque Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor
Carl Haas Racing
33
7 Carl Liebich Chevron B29 [29-75-03] - Ford BDA Hart
33
8 Richard Melville Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA
Wilbur Bunce Racing
33
9 Tim Cooper March 75B - Ford BDA CRW
Wilbur Bunce Racing (see note 3)
33
10 Gordon Strom Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
(see note 4)
33
11 Tom Bagley Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#7 Kent Oil/Opert Racing
33
12 Don Breidenbach March 76B - Ford BDA
Roots Footwear (see note 5)
33
13 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart
Performance Marketing (see note 6)
33
14 Jon Norman Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA
(see note 7)
32
15 Ron Dykes March 75B [722-33?] - Ford BDA
Mirdath Inc [Bunce]
32
16 Steve Jizmagian Lola T460 [HU3] - Ford BDA
31
17 Herman Gugliotta March 76B - Ford BDA
Doug Shierson Racing (see note 8)
31
18 Harald Kirberg Lola T460 [HU9] - Ford BDA Cosworth
Pierre Phillips
31
19 Johnnie Crean March 74B/75B - Ford BDA
(see note 9)
31
20 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
Doug Shierson Racing (see note 10)
30 Accident
21 Pat Walter Ralt RT1 [6] - Ford BDA
Ameropean Racing
30
22 Butch Owsley Rondel M1 [202] - Ford BDD Jennings
(see note 11)
28
23 Mike Rocke Brabham BT38 [16] - Ford BDA
(see note 12)
27 Not running
24 Tom Pumpelly March 76B [3?] - Ford BDA
(see note 13)
25 Engine
25 Dan Marvin Lola T360 [HU4] - Ford BDA
Jon Norman (see note 14)
19 Collision with Greenfield
26 Tom Gloy Lola T460 [HU4] - Ford BDA Phillips
Pierre's Motor Racing
18
27 Fred Greenfield Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
Autohouse America
18 Collision with Marvin
28 Marcel Talbot Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
(see note 15)
18 Running
29 Dick Renard March 71BM - Ford twin cam
16 Not running
30 Kevin Cogan Chevron B34 [34-76-20] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Bill Brack Racing
15 Not running
31 James Crawley Chevron B34 [34.76.21] - Ford BDA Hart
Opert Racing
14 Not running
32 Price Cobb March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
Doug Shierson Racing (see note 16)
9 Not running
DNQH Syd Demovsky Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA
B&B Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Larry Bergman Lola T360 [HU14] - Ford BDA
(see note 17)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Dale Lang March 76B [8?] - Ford BDA
Doug Shierson Racing (see note 18)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH John Weakley Lola T360 [HU11] - Ford BDA
(see note 19)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Joe Colantonio Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA
(see note 20)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Pete Halsmer Brabham BT38 - Ford BDA Willis
Chuck Willis Racing (see note 21)
Did not qualify from heats
(Accident)
DNQH Bill Brack Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 Bill Brack Racing
Did not qualify from heats
((crashed in practice; wrote off tub))
DNQH Phil Threshie Lola T360 [HU16] - Ford BDA
(see note 22)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH John David Briggs Lola T460 [HU2] - Ford BDA
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Hugh Mooney March 71BM Falconer
RPM Racing (see note 23)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Lynn Bentson Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#77
Did not qualify from heats
DNS Howdy Holmes Chevron B34 [34.76.09] - Ford BDA BSR
Bill Scott Racing
Did not start
(burnt out)
DNS Seb Barone March 76B - Ford BDA
(see note 24)
Did not start
(Ran in heat two)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Dan Marvin130.14.14.883
2Gilles Villeneuve
3Tom Pumpelly
4Héctor Rebaque
5Richard Melville
6Tim Cooper
7Cliff Hansen
8Hugh "Wink" Bancroft
9Fred Greenfield
10Marcel Talbot
11Pat Walter
12Dick Renard
13Herman Gugliotta
14Harald Kirberg
15Butch Owsley
16Price Cobb
James Crawley10Out of fuel
Bobby Rahal5Gear shift
Syd Demovsky
Larry Bergman
Dale Lang
John Weakley
Joe Colantonio
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Johnny Gerber130.14.19.697
2Tom Gloy
3Bobby Brown
4Carl Liebich
5Gordon Strom
6Ron Dykes
7Jon Norman
8Elliot Forbes-Robinson
9Tom Bagley
10Kevin Cogan
11Don Breidenbach
12Herman Gugliotta
13Johnnie Crean
14Steve Jizmagian
Pete HalsmerAccident
Bill Brack
Phil Threshie
John David Briggs
Hugh Mooney
Lynn Bentson
Seb BaroneDNS (ran in heat 2)
Qualifying
1 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU4] - Ford BDA
2 Johnny Gerber (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.10] - Ford BDA BSR
3 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris
4 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU4] - Ford BDA Phillips
5 Tom Pumpelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [3?] - Ford BDA
6 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.07] - Ford BDA Morris
7 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor
8 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-03] - Ford BDA Hart
9 Richard Melville (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA
10 Gordon Strom (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
11 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA CRW
12 Ron Dykes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [722-33?] - Ford BDA
13 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
14 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA
15 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart
16 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Nicholson
17 Fred Greenfield (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
18 Tom Bagley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
19 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
20 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-20] - Ford BDA Hart
21 Pat Walter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [6] - Ford BDA
22 Don Breidenbach (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA
23 Dick Renard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 71BM - Ford twin cam
24 Herman Gugliotta (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA
25 Harald Kirberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU9] - Ford BDA Cosworth
26 Johnnie Crean (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B/75B - Ford BDA
27 Butch Owsley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Rondel M1 [202] - Ford BDD Jennings
28 Steve Jizmagian (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU3] - Ford BDA
29 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
32 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy Promoter's choice

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Gilles Villeneuve): Ecurie Canada ran a pair of green #69 March 76Bs in 1976 for Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Quebec) with support from Skiroulle. The identity of the two cars is currently unclear but the colour suggests they were the two cars listed in Marc records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. The only other green car in those records, 76B-5, is likely to be James King's car which was a darker shade. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars. One or other was also raced by James Hunt at Trois-Rivières and by Howdy Holmes at Road Atlanta, where he crashed. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then for Rahal in the 1977 Pro series with sponsorship from Red Roof Inns. Rahal also had a 77B but this was crashed at the opening race. One 76B then went to Ron Levanduski (Elmira, NY) and the other to Bob Earl.
  2. March 76B [4?] (Bobby Rahal): Doug Shierson Racing ran an orange #9 March 76B in 1976 for Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL). There were four orange March 76Bs according to March records but only one was built as part of the first batch of cars, 76B-4, strongly suggesting this was Rahal's car. The subsequent history of this car is not known until it was advertised in 1985 as "ex-Villeneuve".
  3. March 75B (Tim Cooper): Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) raced a yellow #8 March 75B for Doug Shierson Racing in 1975 with backing from Rutledge Oil. Photographs show that this car had all the features of a 75B, so is unlikely to have been his older 73B updated, although this remains a possibility. Cooper moved to Wilbur Bunce Racing for 1976, and the "75B/76B" that Bunce built up for him is likely to have been based on this 75B (but could have been based on Cooper's older 73B). Cooper raced this car in the Players Canadian and IMSA championship in 1976. He appeared at a few races in early 1977 in a March "77B", thought to be this same car further updated. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Chevron B29 (Gordon Strom): Gordon Strom (Santa Cruz, CA/Sunnyvale, CA) ran a Brabham BT35 in west coast SCCA racing from 1972 to 1975 when he moved up to a nearly-new Chevron B29. The car was yellow with red top bodywork and ran as #9. The identity of the Chevron is not known. Strom raced this in 1976 and 1977 until an accident at Laguna Seca in June 1977 in which he suffered massive head injuries. It is likely that the car was destroyed. Strom was hospitalised but his medical insurance "ran out", and a fund was established to help his wife Kay with the overwhelming hospital bills. He died in November 1977 without having regained conciousness.
  5. March 76B (Don Breidenbach): Don Breidenbach (Oakland, CA) ran a #76 March 76B during 1976 with support from Roots Footwear. Nothing more is currently known of this car.
  6. Chevron B34 [34.76.16] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): New to Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA/Costa Mesa, CA) and run for him by Fred Opert Racing in North American Formula Atlantic in 1976. His car was entered by Performance Marketing, and this apparently disguises a move to Shierson Racing in time for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in early September. Bancroft wrecked the B34 in practice at Trois-Rivières, and replaced it with a March 76B.
  7. Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] (Jon Norman): William Monson (Kent, WA) bought a new Lotus 69 for 1971 but after only a few races suffered a major accident at Laguna Seca in June 1971 when he clipped the bridge and was in hospital with significant injuries. He retired from racing and sold the wrecked Lotus to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA). Gove's racing partner Pete Lovely was then in the process of fitting a F1 DFV engine to his 1970 F2 Lotus 69 and Gove was able to use the F2 rear end to repair Monson's car. The result was a very quick car and in 1972 Gove raced it in ICSCC and NW Regional events plus at least one National and the Westwood round of the Canadian FB series. In 1973, Gove won the NorPac title in the Lotus and then sold it to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) who won the 1975 NorPac FB title and was second in 1976. Norman also took the car to the Run-Ofrfs in 1975, finishing a remarkable fourth, and raced it in several Pro Formula Atlantic races. Norman raced it at least once in SCCA events in 1977 before replacing it with a much newer March 76B.
  8. March 76B (Herman Gugliotta): Herman Gugliotta (Dilliner, PA) drove a #33 March 76B in 1976, entered by Isola Racing but run by Doug Shierson Racing. As a white car, March records suggest this would have been 76B-9, 76B-11 or 76B-12. Gugliotta retained the car for SCCA racing, winning the 1979 NE Div title, before selling it to Lyle Heck (Reading, PA) who still owned it in 1982.
  9. March 74B/75B (Johnnie Crean): Patrick Depailler raced a March 74B at Trois-Rivières in September 1974. Autosport described it as the car tested earlier in England by Jim Crawford, but now set to full Formula 2 specification. Canadian Motorsport Bulletin described it as the ex-Coulon 'slave' March 732. It went to Formula Ford graduate Tom Sauerbrei (Fresno, CA), who had an excellent season in the "742" in SCCA Regionals and Nationals in 1975, winning the regional title. The car was then rebuilt to 75B specification and leased to Johnnie Crean (San Juan Capistrano, CA), the 27-year-old son of former racer John C Crean, who raced it in two IMSA Formula Atlantic races in California in May 1976, and later in SCCA Nationals and Regionals. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. March 76B [2] (Cliff Hansen): Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, CA) campaigned a blue/red #6 March 76B in 1976 as part of the Doug Shierson Racing operation. Hansen retained the car as a spare in 1977 (he had a 77B but crashed it). It was later bought from Tom Contino (Ontario, CA) by Damon Meek, who has indentified the car as 76B-02. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee and it would be the 76B raced by him in the Sears Point Pro race in 1984.
  11. Rondel M1 [202] (Butch Owsley): Probably the prototype F2 car as this chassis number not noted at any F2 race. If so, taken to Hockenheim 8 April 1973 as team spare and Pau as spare for Schenken. Sold via Fred Opert to David Ralston for SCCA FB in 1974 the to Bobby Rahal late 1974. Subsequently to Tim Fortner and Butch Owsley (San Jose, CA) for 1975 and 1976, then to Dwight Zillig (Novato, CA) for 1977. Sold to Jim Vawter in 1978 and used until 1980 at least.
  12. Brabham BT38 [16] (Mike Rocke): Sold originally to the Elf-Coombs team but not used, and sold to Edward Reeves Racing as a spare for the team's new BT38 being raced by David Morgan. When Morgan wrecked the regular car at the 'Ring, he took over BT38/16. Oddly, this car was sometimes described as BT38/15. After the season, BT38/16 went to MRE in part-exchange for a new BT40, and was sold on to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin) for Formula Ireland racing. O'Leary rarely raced it, and it was eventually sold by MRE in August 1974 to Mike Rocke (Livermore, CA), who used in in SCCA Formula B in 1974 and 1975. Crashed in 1975 and rebuilt on a replacement tub before being sold to someone in California in 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. March 76B [3?] (Tom Pumpelly): Tom Pumpelly (McLean, VA) raced a yellow #34 March 76B, entered by National Tire Wholesale. The only yellow 76B shown in March records was chassis 76B-3. Pumpelly raced the car until it was damaged in a collision with Bancroft at Mosport Park in August, after which it was acquired by Ecurie Canada whose regular driver Gilles Villeneuve had damaged both his cars. It is therefore believed to be the car driven by Villeneuve to win at Trois-Rivières and Road Atlanta in September but this is by no means certain. Then bought by John Lane who rented it back to Pumpelly for the SCCA Run-Offs at Road Atlanta, where Pumpelly crashed it again. Sold to John Norman (Oakland, CA) who raced it as part of a two-car team with Dan Marvin in 1977 and 1978. Norman then sold the car but later bought it back and restored it to Villeneuve's livery.
  14. Lola T360 [HU4] (Dan Marvin): Sold to North American agent Carl Haas, where it is almost certainly the car acquired by preparer Dan Fodge. Said to have been run by Fodge for Kenny Briggs, but Briggs did not appear in Pro Formula Atlantic and there is no mention of him in the SCCA's Finish Line or The Wheel magazines covering SCCA racing in California. Then said to have gone to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) for 1975, but Norman raced an older Lotus in 1975, winning Northern Pacific Division, and no Lola was mentioned at the time. Its first known usage is 1976, when Norman ran it for Dan Marvin (El Sobrante, CA) in Pro Formula Atlantic and in SCCA FB. Sold at the end of 1976 to Cal Huartson (Bellingham, WA), who used in in Regional Formula B in 1977. This is presumably the T360 used by Bruce Yeo (Burnaby, BC, Canada) in ICSCC in 1978, then by Bruce Shaughnessy (Maple Ridge, BC/Coquitlam, BC) in 1979 and is presumably the same Lola Shaughnessy raced in 1981 and, in the Formula Libre class, in 1982 and 1983. Subsequent history unresolved.
  15. Chevron B29 (Marcel Talbot): Marcel Talbot (Granby, Quebec), raced a second-hand Chevron B29 in the 1976 CASC and IMSA Formula Atlantic championships. The car was black and raced as #10, with Tamaco Industries sponsorship. After Mont-Tremblant in July, he upgraded to a new Chevron B34. Nothing more known.
  16. March 76B [13] (Price Cobb): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.
  17. Lola T360 [HU14] (Larry Bergman): Sold via Carl Haas and Pierre Phillips to Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA). Karlberg raced it in the opening round of the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, finishing an impressive fifth, but did not race at the second round as the car was not running well. Sold to Larry Bergman (Los Gatos, CA), who was seen very infrequently with it during 1976 and 1977. The Lola was advertised by Bergman in March 1977, then by Don Breidenbach in April 1977. Subsequent history unknown, until owned by Patrick Murphie (Seattle, WA) from 1980 to 1984, fitted with a 2-litre Lotus 907 engine and raced in SCCA North West region and - somehow! - in the WCAR race at Seattle in 1984. To Michael Bledsoe (Seattle, WA) 1988 and raced in SCCA North West region. To David D. Weldon (Manhattan Beach, CA) November 1990, and stored at first, then restored and raced with VARA from 2001 to 2003, still with the Lotus 907 engine.
  18. March 76B [8?] (Dale Lang): Doug Shierson Racing ran a red March 76B for Dale Lang (Wilton, CT) in 1976. The only red 76B in March build records was 76B-8, suggesting this was Lang's car. Lang retained this car for 1977 and then sold it to Ralph Manaker (Erieville, NY) who raced it in 1978.
  19. Lola T360 [HU11] (John Weakley): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill Scott Racing, and run for Elliot Forbes-Robinson (La Crescenta, CA) in the 1975 Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series with Penthouse sponsorship. Forbes-Robinson won two rounds of the Canadian series in this car. Sold to John Weakley (Nashville, IN) for 1976, who ran as part of the Bill Scott Racing team, but he ran out of finance the car was sold to Ivan Roland (Asheville NC) in 1979. Used by Roland's son Russ Roland in SCCA events until 1982, when it was advertised. It was later sold to someone in update New York, so may be the Walter Nelson car.
  20. Lola T360 [HU10] (Joe Colantonio): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill Scott Racing, and run for Howdy Holmes (Ann Arbor, MI) in the 1975 Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series. Also raced by Harry MacDonald at the SCCA Pro race at Brainerd in September 1975. To Joe Colantonio (Glenolden, PA) in 1976, and raced in the Players series. Subsequent history unresolved, but the car was with Mike Brodie in 2009. Acquired from Brodie by Daniel Glanz (Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire) of Legends Automotive In 2010, and offered for sale with a history that said it had had only two owners from new, and had last been raced by Bill Brodie in 1996. Raced by Glanz in the Formula Atlantic classes of HSCC F2 and Derek Bell Trophy races from 2011 to 2015.
  21. Brabham BT38 (Pete Halsmer): Sold new to Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) and raced in the 1972 SCCA Formula B series. Also raced in SCCA Nationals and at the Run-Offs. Retained for 1973 and run in Nationals, winning at Holtville in March. Retained again for the early 1974 Nationals and then said to have been seized by the sheriff at the Phoenix National for unpaid alimony. Next seen in May 1975 when Pete Halsmer (Huntington Beach, CA) raced "the ex-Middleton Brabham BT-38" in Formula B. Raced by Halsmer for three seasons, during which time it was extensively modified by Halsmer. Halsmer won the Laguna Seca June Sprints in the BT38 in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  22. Lola T360 [HU16] (Phil Threshie): Sold via Carl Haas and Pierre Phillips to Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA), and raced in SCCA Nationals at the start of the 1975, then in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, sponsored by Hanna Industries. Rented by James Heath for a SCCA National at Willow Springs in October 1975. Sold to Phil Threshie (Alamo, CA), and raced in a SCCA National at Sears Point in April, then in three Californian rounds of the 1976 IMSA series. Advertised by Threshie in November 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  23. March 71BM Falconer (Hugh Mooney): Hugh Mooney (Huntingdon Beach, CA) raced a "March 712" in SCCA Formula B and IMSA Formula Atlantic in 1976. When he first appeared, he referred to it as a converted F2 car, and when he advertised it in Formula magazine in August 1977, he called it a "March 712 Formula Atlantic", However, it is assumed here to have been a 71BM. In his advert, it had Falconer bodywork and a Hart BDA engine, and is assumed to have had the Falconer body throughout his ownership of it.
  24. March 76B (Seb Barone): Seb Barone (Portland, CT or Dilliner, PA) drove a white #28 March 76B in 1976, entered by Isola Racing but run by Doug Shierson Racing. As a white car, March records suggest this would have been 76B-9, 76B-11 or 76B-12. Barone crashed the car at Trois-Rivières in September and it was not seen again.

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.

1970 US FB results were compiled from Autoweek reports by Jim Thurman; 1971 results were transcribed from Autoweek by Allen Brown and 1972 results were compiled by Chris Townsend from an SCCA results publication.

The US Formula B series did not continue in 1973 but a race was organised in Caracas in March 1973 that fits here probably better than anywhere else, as do the occasional SCCA F/Atlantic and FB races in 1974 and 1975.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.