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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Edmonton, 3 Jul 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
67 1.04.01.258
$12000
2 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan
#4 Fred Opert Racing
67 1.04.03.838
$7000
3 Price Cobb March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Stimola
#22
67 1.04.20.678
$5000
4 Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Morris
#56 Morgan Racing-Red Roof Inns
(see note 1)
67 1.04.21.575
$4000
5 Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#1 STP-Shierson Racing
67 1.04.45.844
$3500
6 Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#37 Pierre's Motors
66
$3000
7 Richard Spenard March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
66
$2300
8 Howdy Holmes March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Quaker State-Shierson Racing
66
$2000
9 Cliff Hansen March 77B [2] - Ford BDN Jennings
#21 Performance Marketing Team (see note 2)
66
$1800
10 David Oxton Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70 Team Tui
66
$1600
11 Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings
#20 Steve Jennings Team
66
$1400
12 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Fred Opert Racing
65
$1200
13 Steve "Gas" Saleen March 76B [13] - Ford BDN Clayton
#39 Clayton Racing Team
65
$1000
14 Mike Rocke March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 R&R Racing (see note 3)
64
$900
15 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
57 Accident $800
16 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#11 Rick Shea Racing Team (see note 4)
55 Throttle Cable  
17 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10 Tamaco-Colin Hine Racing Team
44 Accident  
18 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#67 Hunter Mountain
28 Engine  
19 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine
#41 Exotic Plants
26 Gearbox  
20 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Cogan Racing Team
7 Engine  
DNA Francisco Romero Chevron B39 - Ford BDN Titan
#5 Fred Opert Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Bob Fisher March 77B [12] - Ford BDN
#13 (see note 5)
Did not arrive
DNA Tim Cooper March 77B - Ford BDN
#17 (see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Ferguson Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDN
#18 Peter Ferguson Racing Team (see note 7)
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
#50 Webber Racing Team
Did not arrive
DNA Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Stimola Racing
Did not arrive

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 0.56.31
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Stimola 0.56.57
3 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan 0.56.67
4 David Oxton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson 0.56.79
5 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Race Shop 0.56.82
6 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis 0.56.92

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 77B [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 77B (Mike Rocke): Mike Rocke (Livermore, CA) had a new March 77B for 1977 but its identity has not yet been confirmed. He ran the car through 1977 and 1978 until a serious accident at Trois-Rivières which left Rocke very badly injured and destroyed the 77B. As most other 77Bs have now been identified, it appears that Rocke's car may have been chassis 77B-19.
  4. 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.
  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 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.
  7. 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.

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 results sheet [OMH] and the programme.