Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Gimli, 26 Jun 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Morris
#56 Morgan Racing-Red Roof Inns
(see note 1)
2 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan
#3 Fred Opert Racing
3 Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 STP-Doug Shierson Racing
4 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10 Tamaco-Colin Hine Racing Team
5 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Jennings
#21 Performance Marketing Team (see note 2)
6 Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre's Motors
7 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
8 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Morris
#11 Lane Sports-Rick Shea Racing Team
(see note 3)
9 Richard Spenard March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
10 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
11 David Oxton Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70 Team Tui
12 Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings
#20 Great Plains Motor Racing
13 Steve "Gas" Saleen March 76B [13] - Ford BDN Clayton
#39 Clayton Racing Team
14 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Fred Opert Racing
15 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#67 Hunter Mountain
16 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine
#41 Exotic Plants
17 Price Cobb March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Stimola
68 Out of fuel  
18 Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Hine
#50 Webber Racing Team
19 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
27 Engine  
20 Howdy Holmes March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Shierson Racing
4 Gearbox  

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

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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.

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Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources for these races include Autosport, Motoring News, Formula Magazine and NZMA.