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IMSA Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Laguna Seca, 3 Oct 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Price Cobb March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
Doug Shierson Racing (see note 1)
33 0.35.06.81
107.13
$2500
2 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA Hart
#7 Fred Opert Racing
33
 
3 Bobby Brown March 76B [18] - Ford BDA Cicale
#79 Carroll Smith-Audiovox (see note 2)
33
 
4 Don Breidenbach March 76B - Ford BDA
(see note 3)
33
 
5 Dan Marvin Lola T360 [HU4] - Ford BDA
Norman Racing Group (see note 4)
33
 
6 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 76B - Ford BDA Hart
Performance Marketing (see note 5)
33
 
7 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 [33] - Ford BDA Swindon
33
 
8 Tom Klausler Lola T460 [HU19] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#63 Wilbur Bunce Racing
33
 
9 Tim Coconis Lola T460 [HU17] - Ford BDA Cosworth
33
 
10 Jon Norman Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA
(see note 6)
33
 
11 Gordon Strom Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
(see note 7)
32
 
12 Bob Kolowich March 75B [R1] - Ford BDA
Razowich Enterprises (see note 8)
31
 
13 Steve Jizmagian Lola T460 [HU3] - Ford BDA
31
 
14 Bobby Rahal March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy
#9 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 9)
30
 
15 Butch Owsley Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDA Hart
30
 
16 Phil Currey Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA Nicholson
30
 
17 Dwight Zillig Rondel M1 [202] - Ford BDA
(see note 10)
30
 
18 Tim Cooper March 76B [75B?] - Ford BDA CRW
Bunce Racing (see note 11)
13
 
19 Tom Crowther March 75B [722] - Ford BDA
Norman Racing Group (see note 12)
7
 
20 Tom Gloy Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
4 Accident  
21 Phil Threshie Lola T360 [HU16] - Ford BDA
(see note 13)
1
 
DNS Hugh Mooney March 71BM Falconer - Ford BDA Hart
RPM Racing (see note 14)
Did not start
DNS Jim Mullins March 75B - Ford BDA
Did not start
DNS Dale Lang March 76B [8?] - Ford BDA
(see note 15)
Did not start
DNS Warren "Bud" Pauge Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDA
(see note 16)
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Tom Gloy13
2Bobby Brown
3Price Cobb
4Don Breidenbach
5Kevin Cogan
6Tom Klausler
7Tim Coconis
8Gordon Strom
9Bob Kolowich
10Phil Currey
11Butch Owsley
12Jim Mullins
Steve JizmagianDNS (ran in heat 2)
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Bobby Rahal13
2Elliot Forbes-Robinson
3Dan Marvin
4Hugh "Wink" Bancroft
5Tim Cooper
6Jon Norman
7Tom Crowther
8Phil Threshie
9Hugh Mooney
10Steve Jizmagian
11Dwight Zillig
12Dale Lang
Warren "Bud" PaugeDid not start
Qualifying
1 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
2 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy
3 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [18] - Ford BDA Cicale
4 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA Hart
5 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
6 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU4] - Ford BDA
7 Don Breidenbach (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA
8 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Hart
9 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [33] - Ford BDA Swindon
10 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA
11 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU19] - Ford BDA Nicholson
12 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [75B?] - Ford BDA CRW
13 Tim Coconis (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU17] - Ford BDA Cosworth
14 Tom Crowther (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [722] - Ford BDA
15 Gordon Strom (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
16 Phil Threshie (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU16] - Ford BDA
17 Bob Kolowich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [R1] - Ford BDA
18 Hugh Mooney * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 71BM Falconer - Ford BDA Hart
19 Phil Currey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA Nicholson
20 Steve Jizmagian (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU3] - Ford BDA
21 Butch Owsley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDA Hart
22 Dwight Zillig (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Rondel M1 [202] - Ford BDA
23 Jim Mullins * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA
24 Dale Lang * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [8?] - Ford BDA
25 Warren "Bud" Pauge * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDA
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [13] (Price Cobb): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.
  2. March 76B [18] (Bobby Brown): New to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) to replace a Chevron B34 and raced in Pro events and in SCCA NEDiv FB in 1976, winning the 1976 Run-Offs. Brown won an early-season SCCA National at Charlotte in April 1977 before moving into Can-Am with a March 77S. The 76B was advertised in November 1977.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. March 76B (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Costa Mesa, CA) had a Fred Opert Racing Chevron B34 for 1976 but wrecked the car in practice at Trois-Rivières in September and borrowed a Shierson March 76B for that race and for the two remaining IMSA races. The identity of the 76B is unknown as several of Shierson's usual drivers were absent from Trois-Rivières so their cars would have been available.
  6. Lotus 69 [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.
  7. 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.
  8. March 75B [R1] (Bob Kolowich): A March 75B built up specifically for Patrick Depailler to drive at Trois-Rivières in 1975 as part of the Ecurie Canada team. Depailler took pole, but the engine broke during practice and he borrowed a different car for the race. The 75B was sold after the race to Bob Kolowich (Mountain View, CA), who raced it in SCCA events in 1976. At the end of that season, Kolowich had to give up racing, and the car was stored. He still owned it in 2008, when he took it out of storage and started to restore it.
  9. 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".
  10. Rondel M1 [202] (Dwight Zillig): 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.
  11. March 76B [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.
  12. March 75B [722] (Tom Crowther): Tom Crowther (Kentfield, CA, later Novato, CA) raced a March in Formula B/Atlantic from 1974 to 1976 and this is believed to have been the same March 722 throughout. At first the car was entered by "Pollard Racing, a division of Donald Pollard Associates". By late 1975, the car had acquired 75B bodywork and was entered as such at the 1975 Run-Offs and at a single Pro appearance in late 1976. It was then sold via Pierre Phillips to Nick Lingren and was driven by Sans Thompson at Trois-Rivières in 1978.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Brabham BT38 [‘33’] (Warren "Bud" Pauge): A "new chassis" replacing the ASCA team's Brabham BT38 wrecked by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Rouen. It was raced by teammate Adam Potocki at Imola, where Potocki failed to qualify, and was then Jaussaud's car for the rest of the season. ASCA entered Jaussaud in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, but he was involved in the startline accident at the second Interlagos race, and the Brabham was badly damaged. According to Chris Townsend's research, this car was acquired by Fred Opert Racing and raced by Héctor Rebaque in the Caracas Formula B race in March 1973, then by Brian Robertson in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1973. It's not clear what else Opert used it for in 1973, but in January 1974, he sold it to John Bernardine (Tulsa, OK) for SCCA Formula B. Then to Warren Pauge (Hacienda Heights, CA) in August 1975, replacing his well-used Brabham BT21. Pauge retained the BT38 for many years, even running it as a Can-Am car once in 1982. After he finally stopped racing it in 1988, he sold it to Marc Bahner, then it went to George Steven in 1992, Tom Stapleton about 2008, and Paul Skilowitz (Stuart, FL) in 2016.

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.