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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Westwood, 23 Apr 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Excita/Fred Opert Racing
56 1.08.47.021
87.928 mph
$10000
2 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Great Plains Racing (see note 1)
56 1.08.51.459
$6500
3 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Ecurie Canada
56
$4000
4 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Ralt American
56
$3500
5 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Sigmon/Pierre's Motor Racing
56
$3000
6 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Chrismark/Bluebonnet Foods/Quaker State
56
$2500
7 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Jiffy Mixes/Bosch/Doug Shierson Racing
56
$2100
8 Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth
#59 Norman Racing (see note 2)
56
$1800
9 Bertil Roos March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#24 Acme Racetune
56
$1600
10 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 Lane Sports (see note 3)
55
$1300
11 Chris Gleason March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#75 Whalley BMW Sales
55
$1100
12 Ken Briggs March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#30 Tropicana Hotels
55
$800
13 Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#51 Brooks Stevens
54
$700
14 Rick Shea Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#11 Jethro Tull/Shea Racing
51
$600
15 Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 Bstrom-Bergen/Norman Racing
(see note 4)
51
$500
16 John Bauer March 77B [28?] - Ford BDN
#73
49
 
17 Fred Greenfield Tui BH2 - Ford BDN
#77 Lane Sports
45
 
18 Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 R & R (see note 5)
43
 
19 Eje Elgh Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Sheik Condoms/Fred Opert Racing
36 engine/lack of oil  
20 Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN
#50 Star Racing
24 electrical/battery  
21 Mike Fisher March 78B [3] - Ford BDN
#32 Rapido Automotive
23 engine  
22 Bob Earl March 76B [4?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#19 James Brolin/Tourte Racing (see note 6)
23 engine seized  
23 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Morgan/Red Roof/Pierre's Motor Racing
20 electrics/distributor  
24 Allen Karlberg March 77B [1] - Ford BDN
#43
19 damaged wheel  
25 Bill Brack March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 STP/Doug Shierson Racing
19 collision with Karlberg  
26 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis
#62 Furnas/Charles Gladding
18 engine/loss of oil  
27 Allan Lader Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#35 Pacifico
1 accident  
28 Terry Visger March 77B - Ford BDN Cosworth
#55
1 accident  
DNS John Mortensen March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Doug Shierson Racing
Did not start
DNS Carl Liebich Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils
#54 Liebrau Racing (see note 7)
Did not start
DNA Divina Galica Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Smith
#6 Olympus/Fred Opert Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Ashley Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#11 Shea Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Page Roos Chevron B39 [39-77-09] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#14 Page Roos Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Armando Trentini March 78B - Ford BDN
#17
Did not arrive
DNA Joe Sposato March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola
#28 Sposato Motoracing (see note 8)
Did not arrive
DNA Leslie C. (Les) Hill Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#29 RPM Special
Did not arrive
DNA Steve "Gas" Saleen March 77B - Ford BDN
#39 Clayton Bierke Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Allan Turner March 78B - Ford BDN
#40 Wilbur Bunce Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Dick Ferguson March 76B - Ford BDN
#44 (see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Yves La France Lola T460 - Ford BDN
#45 Phoenix Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Rich Bradley March 76B/77B - Ford BDN
#53 Richard W. Bradley (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Hunter Mtn. Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Willy T. Ribbs March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#78 (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Bobby Brown March 78B [13] - Ford BDN
#79 B.Brown Racing Inc.
Did not arrive
DNA Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Stimola Racing (see note 12)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis 1.04.50
2 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
3 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
4 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
5 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
6 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth
7 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
8 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
9 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
10 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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 [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.
  5. March 77B [29] (Mike Rocke): New Mike Rocke (Livermore, CA), who raced the car through 1977 and 1978 until a serious accident at Trois-Rivières which left Rocke very badly injured and destroyed the 77B.
  6. March 76B [4?] (Bob Earl): At the end of the 1976 season, Burt Ballard bought Bobby Rahal's March 76B, travelling up to Bobby's parents house to collect it. It was tested for Ballard by Doug Dreager, and raced by Dreager at Riverside, Laguna Seca, and Sears Point. Then sold to Claren Lucini and Tim Fortner, and raced for them by Bob Earl (Claremont, CA/Orinda, CA/Novato, CA) to win a SCCA National at Sears Point in April 1978. He used the March again in the Labatts race at Westwood two weeks later, but then moved back to James Brolin's Tourte Racing Chevron B34. The subsequent history of the March is unknown.
  7. Lola T560 [T460 HU18] (Carl Liebich): New to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI/Two Rivers, WI) for Canadian and IMSA Formula Atlantic races late in the 1976 season. Liebich was said to have a new T560 for 1977, but it appears it was his nearly-new T460 updated. Retained for 1978, 1979, and the start of 1980. Chris Townsend's research shows this car was sold to Chuck Dietrich in 1980 and used by him in SCCA Central Division Formula Atlantic until 1982. It was then retained unraced by Dietrich until sold to Lowell Blossom in 1995. Sold by Blossom to Dave Jordano (Indianapolis, IN) in 2005.
  8. March 77B [5] (Joe Sposato): New to Joe Sposato and used in SCCA Nationals in 1977. Retained for Pro Formula Atlantic for first half of 1978, then sold to Charles Crotts (High Point, NC) for remainder of 1978. Believed to be the car retained by Crotts and run in SCCA events up to 1985.
  9. March 76B (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.
  10. 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.
  11. March 77B [23] (Willy T. Ribbs): New to Marcel Talbot (Granby, Quebec) and run for him by Colin Hine Racing Team in Formula Atlantic in 1977, sponsored by Tamaco. Retained by Colin Hine Racing for 1978, and entered for Willy T. Ribbs at Long Beach, then for Jean-Pierre Alamy at two further races. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. March 77B [6?] (Brad Abbott): Brad Abbott (Messapequa, NY) raced a March 77B in SCCA Nationals and then the Pro series in 1977, run by Stimola Racing. He retained the car for 1978, but was seen less often that season. Subsequent history unknown.

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.