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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Mosport Park, 22 May 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Price Cobb March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#22
40 0.53.45.460
109.75 mph
$12000
2 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
40 0.53.58.007
$7000
3 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33
40 0.54.12.072
$5000
4 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
40 0.54.16.844
$4000
5 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Morris
#11 Adidas Shea Racing (see note 1)
40 0.54.34.121
$3500
6 Peter Ferguson Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDN Hine
#18 Gingerbread Displays (see note 2)
39
$3000
7 Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Morris
#56 Morgan Racing-Red Roof Inns
(see note 3)
39
$2300
8 Richard Spenard March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
39
$2000
9 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine
#41 Exotic Plants
39
$1800
10 Steve "Gas" Saleen March 76B [13] - Ford BDN Clayton
#39 Clayton Racing Team
39
$1600
11 Francisco Romero Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Titan
#5 Fred Opert Racing
39
$1400
12 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Fred Opert Racing
39
$1200
13 Tim Cooper March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#17 Rutledge Oil Co. (see note 4)
38
$1000
14 Bob Fisher March 77B [12] - Ford BDN
#13 Stroh (see note 5)
38
$900
15 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10 Tamaco-Colin Hine Racing Team
37
$800
16 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Stimola Racing
37
 
R Howdy Holmes March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
33 Electrics  
R Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan
#4 Fred Opert Racing
33 Engine  
R Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre's Motors
19 Clutch  
R Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings
#20
8 Engine  
R Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Jennings
#21 Performance Marketing Team (see note 6)
2 Accident  
R Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#67 Hunter Mountain
2 Accident  
DNS Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Hine
#50 Webber Racing Team
Did not start
DNSC Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#7 STP-Doug Shierson Racing
Did not start (crashed)
T/C Bobby Rahal March 77B [4] - Ford BDN Morris
#56 Morgan Racing-Red Roof Inns
(Crashed in practice)

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris 1.17.847
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.18.834
3 Bill Brack * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.18.802
4 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan 1.19.114
5 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Morris 1.19.242
6 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Morris 1.19.583
7 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.19.640
8 Richard Spenard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris 1.19.890
9 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis 1.20.238
10 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings 1.20.247
11 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis 1.20.422
12 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis 1.20.493
13 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.20.498
14 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Jennings 1.21.256
15 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine 1.21.293
16 Bob Fisher (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [12] - Ford BDN 1.21.425
17 Peter Ferguson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDN Hine 1.21.483
18 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [13] - Ford BDN Clayton 1.21.800
19 Francisco Romero (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Titan 1.21.844
20 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine 1.21.931
21 Gregg Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan 1.22.043
22 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola 1.22.269
23 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.22.344
24 Dave Webber * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Hine 1.22.705
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B (Tom Gloy): Rick Shea Racing Team ran a #11 March 76B in 1977 for Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA) but the origins of the car are unclear. The current owner of 76B-9 has history indicating it is the ex-Gloy car but Shea's recollection is that this car was Mortensen's which can be identified with confidence as 76B-7. The ex-Shea car can be identified with west coast owners from 1979 to 1984.
  2. Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] (Peter Ferguson): New to Peter Ferguson (Toronto, Ontario), to be used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series, entered by Ferguson Canada Racing as #76 with Samsonite sponsorship. The Samsonite deal was not renwed, so Ferguson did not race the car in 1976. He returned for the opening race of the 1977 season, at Mosport Park with Gingerbread Displays livery and finished a highly impressive sixth, but did not reappear. The car was sold to Colin Hine, then to Paul Swinwood, for whom Nigel Mortimer sold it to Dr Warren Eads (Rolling Valley Hills, CA). It next passed to collector Art Valdez (Torrance, CA), and remained in Valdez' collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017. Sold to new owner early 2018. Sold to further owner (Kent) late 2018.
  3. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Bobby Rahal): 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.
  4. March 77B (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, thought to be the same car further updated. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. March 77B [12] (Bob Fisher): Bob Fisher (Charlotte, NC) had a red/yellow March 77B for the 1977 season, running as #13 with Stroh sponsorship. On the basis of the colour, this was probably 77B-12, the only car listed with such colours in March records. Sold to Bill Anspach (Palm Beach Gardens, CA) for 1978.
  6. 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.

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.

North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources include Autosport 2 Jun 1977 pp48-49, Motoring News 26 May 1977 p20 and NZMA 17 Jun 1977.