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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Long Beach, 1 Apr 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
50 1.14.18.682
82.364 mph
$10000
2 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 (see note 1)
50 1.14.32.478
$6500
3 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 [96] - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Cogan Racing Ent.
50
$4000
4 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Wood Racing Enterprises (see note 2)
50
$3500
5 Bob Earl Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#19 Tourte Racing
50
$3000
6 Bill Brack March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 Doug Shierson Racing
50
$2500
7 Mike Rocke March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 (see note 3)
49
$2100
8 Carl Liebich Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils
#54 Liebrau Racing
49
$1800
9 Bertil Roos March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#24 Bertil Roos Racetune
49
$1600
10 Chris Gleason March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris
#75 C.K.Gleason
49
$1300
11 Terry Visger March 77B - Ford BDN Cosworth
#55
49
$1100
12 Skeeter McKitterick March 76B [73B as '722-23'] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#12 [Titmus Racing] (see note 4)
48
$800
13 Divina Galica Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Fred Opert Racing
47 Engine $700
14 Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth
#59 Norman Racing Group (see note 5)
46
$600
15 Willy T. Ribbs March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#78
42 Throttle cable $500
16 Dick Ferguson March 77B - Ford BDN Cosworth
#44 (see note 6)
32
 
17 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Stimola Racing
32
 
18 John Mortensen March 78B [9] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Doug Shierson Racing
32
 
19 James Crawley Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Smith
#6 Fred Opert Racing
29
 
20 Ken Briggs March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#30
23
 
21 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Pierre's Motors
22 Halfshaft  
22 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
20
 
23 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis
#62 Chas. Wm. Gladding
13
 
24 Joe Sposato March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola
#28 Sposato Motoracing
9
 
25 Page Roos Chevron B39 [39-77-09] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#14 Page Roos Racing
8
 
26 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Hunter Mtn. Racing

 
27 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Chrismark Racing
4 Punctured radiator  
28 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Ecurie Canada
3
 
29 Eje Elgh Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Fred Opert Racing
0 Collision with Rahal on warm up lap  
30 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
#41 Fred Opert Racing
0 Engine  
DNQH Steve "Gas" Saleen March 77B - Ford BDN
#39
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Fred Greenfield Tui BH2 - Ford BDN
#77 J.C. Lane Racing Team
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Leslie C. (Les) Hill Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#29
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH John Bauer March 77B [28?] - Ford BDN
#73 John Bauer Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Frank Beetson March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDN
#39 Clayton Racing (see note 7)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Allan Turner March 78B - Ford BDN
#40 Wilbur Bunce Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Yves La France Lola T460 - Ford BDN
#45 Phoenix Racing Corp.
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN
#51 Brooks Stevens Ecurie
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Rich Bradley March 76B/77B - Ford BDN
#53 Richard W. Bradley (see note 8)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 Norman Racing Group (see note 9)
Did not qualify from heats
T Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Hunter Mtn. Racing
(Only used in practice)
DNA Juan Cochesa March 78B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Doug Shierson Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Ashley Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#11 Rick Shea Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Bobby Brown March 78B [13] - Ford BDN
#79 B.Brown Racing Inc.
Did not arrive

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Cliff Hansen
2Page Roos
3Robert J. Nelkin
4Terry Visger
5Brad Abbott
Steve "Gas" SaleenUnknown
Fred GreenfieldUnknown
Leslie C. (Les) HillUnknown
John BauerUnknown
Frank BeetsonUnknown
Allan TurnerUnknown
Yves La FranceUnknown
Rick KoehlerUnknown
Rich BradleyUnknown
Jon NormanUnknown
Qualifying
1 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis 1.28.261
2 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.28.840
3 Eje Elgh (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDN Smith 1.28.845
4 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola 1.28.986
5 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [96] - Ford BDN Willis 1.29.123
6 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith 1.29.151
7 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings 1.29.293
8 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.29.365
9 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 1.29.797
10 Willy T. Ribbs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine 1.29.942
11 James Crawley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Smith 1.30.038
12 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris 1.30.215
13 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.30.275
14 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis 1.30.284
15 Divina Galica (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Smith 1.30.322
16 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.30.352
17 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils 1.30.691
18 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis 1.30.721
19 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [73B as '722-23'] - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.31.031
20 Ken Briggs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 1.31.068
21 Mike Rocke (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.31.163
22 Dick Ferguson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.31.463
23 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola 1.31.480
24 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [9] - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.31.492
25 Chris Gleason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris 1.31.495
26 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis 1st Q race
27 Page Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-09] - Ford BDN Cosworth 2nd Q race
28 Robert J. Nelkin(T) (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola 3rd Q race
29 Terry Visger (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Cosworth 4th Q race
30 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola 5th Q race

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. March 78B (Jeff Wood): Jeff Wood (Studio City, CA) drove a March 78B for Great Plains Racing in Formula Atlantic in 1978 and raced the same car in New Zealand in December 1978 and January 1979. He moved to a 79B for 1979 and the 78B is believed to have been sold to Greg Sun who ran it (as a 78-79B) in SCCA events in 1979. It was then acquired by Bob Schader and raced on through 1980 and early 1981, including appearances at the Long Beach and Road America pro races in 1980 and at Long Beach again in 1981. Schader then moved into FSV and the 78B was sold to Dorsey Schroeder (Manchester, MO) and used extensively in SCCA in 1981 and 1982.
  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 [73B as '722-23'] (Skeeter McKitterick): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) had a purple #6 March 73B for 1973 but crashed at Trois-Rivières in Sept and after being repaired, the 73B was sold to Ecurie Canada for guest driver Eppie Wietzes to race at the Watkins Glen Pro FB race five weeks later. Then sold to Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) who raced the "ex-Ecurie Canada" 73B at a Willow Springs Regional in December 1973. Raced extensively in SCCA racing early in 1974 and then in the Pro F/Atlantic series, prepared by Charlie Williams Racing. Cooper raced a 75B as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975, probably a new car. He then went to Wilbur Bunce's team for 1976, and it is possible that the 75B/76B that Bunce built up for him could have been based on the old 73B. The self-entered 77B he had in early 1977 may have been this car again. It might even have been the ex-Cooper March "75B" later entered by Ted Titmus in 1978 and 1979. The latter years of this history become increasingly uncertain and we're very keen to talk to Tim Cooper to clarify.
  5. March 76B (Dan Marvin): Dan Marvin (El Sobrante, CA) drove a #59 March 76B in 1977 as part of Jon Norman's Boxtrom-Berglen Norman Racing team. The car was built up using a tub that Norman had fabricated himself, using an unknown number of parts of unknown origin. It was, in effect, a new car. Marvin raced the car in bothPro Formula Atlantic and in SCCA Nationals in 1977 and 1978.
  6. March 77B (Dick Ferguson): Dick Ferguson (Los Angeles, CA) raced a #44 March 76B/77B at Long Beach at the start of the 1978 Pro season, and made a couple of entries at races later in the season. Nothing more known.
  7. March 77B [76B-13] (Frank Beetson): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.
  8. March 76B/77B (Rich Bradley): Richard W. Bradley (Sunnyvale, CA/Mountain View, CA) raced a #53 March 76B/77B in a couple of races at the start of the 1978 season, but did not arrive for the second Pro race of the season and was not seen again. Nothing more known.
  9. March 76B [3] (Jon Norman): Tom Pumpelly (McLean, VA) raced a yellow #34 March 76B, entered by National Tire Wholesale. The only yellow 76B shown in March records was chassis 76B-3. Pumpelly raced the car until it was damaged in a collision with Bancroft at Mosport Park in August, after which it was acquired by Ecurie Canada whose regular driver Gilles Villeneuve had damaged both his cars. It is therefore believed to be the car driven by Villeneuve to win at Trois-Rivières and Road Atlanta in September but this is by no means certain. Then bought by John Lane who rented it back to Pumpelly for the SCCA Run-Offs at Road Atlanta, where Pumpelly crashed it again. Sold to John Norman (Oakland, CA) who raced it as part of a two-car team with Dan Marvin in 1977 and 1978. Norman then sold the car but later bought it back and restored it to Villeneuve's livery.

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.