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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)
75 1.09.23.009
$12000
2 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan
#3 Fred Opert Racing
75 1.09.23.309
$7000
3 Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 STP-Doug Shierson Racing
75
$5000
4 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10 Tamaco-Colin Hine Racing Team
74
$4000
5 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Jennings
#21 Performance Marketing Team (see note 2)
74
$3500
6 Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre's Motors
74
$3000
7 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
74
$2300
8 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Morris
#11 Lane Sports-Rick Shea Racing Team
(see note 3)
73
$2000
9 Richard Spenard March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
73
$1800
10 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33
73
$1600
11 David Oxton Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70 Team Tui
73
$1400
12 Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings
#20 Great Plains Motor Racing
73
$1200
13 Steve "Gas" Saleen March 76B [13] - Ford BDN Clayton
#39 Clayton Racing Team (see note 4)
72
$1000
14 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Fred Opert Racing
72
$900
15 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#67 Hunter Mountain
72
$800
16 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine
#41 Exotic Plants
72
 
17 Price Cobb March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Stimola
#22
68 Out of fuel  
18 Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Hine
#50 Webber Racing Team
67
 
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
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. Skiroule's signature green colour suggests they were the two cars listed in March records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars, but exactly how they were used is not known. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then entered them 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 (Los Gatos, CA), who raced the car in SCCA Nationals in 1982 and has identified it as 76B-02. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee (Temecula, CA) 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. Shea and Gloy retained the car for 1978, when it was run as #38 and had a front-mounted radiator. Gloy last raced it at Hamilton in August, after which it was advertised by Bud Rude in September, noting that it had a new monocoque. It was then sold, still yellow and with its front radiator, to Gary Fernandez for 1979, who painted it red. Fernandez crashed the car in April 1979, and it was repaired by Arnie Loyning, who ended up owning it, and raced it a couple of times. It was subsequently traded (for a Sports 2000) to Bob Lesnett, owner of Pfieffer Ridge Racing, and during his ownership the tub was rebuilt by Marc Bahner. An "ex-Gloy" March was later advertised by Pfeiffer Ridge Racing in Richmond, CA, in January 1984. Larry Savage has a car in 2019 that is said to be ex-Gloy and has the SCCA Log Book from when Gary Fernandez owned it in 1979. The car is now on a 77B tub, but a different 77B tub to the one recorded by the SCCA in 1979.
  4. March 76B [13] (Steve "Gas" Saleen): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.

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 for these races include Autosport, Motoring News, Formula Magazine and NZMA.