OldRacingCars.com

Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Québec City, 11 Jun 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Excita/Julius Schmid of Canada [Fred Opert Racing]
80
2 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Ecurie Canada
80
3 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Jiffy Mixes/Doug Shierson Racing
80
4 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Parnelli Jones/Ralt American
80
5 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Simon Racing/Pierre's Motor Racing
79
6 Bill Brack March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 STP/Bill Brack Enterprises
78
7 Bertil Roos March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#24 Acme/Racetune
77
8 Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Pam Beach Gem Lab/NRO Inc
77
9 Bobby Brown March 78B [13] - Ford BDN
#79 Automatic Radio/Bob Brown Racing Inc.
77
10 John Mortensen March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Race Shop/Doug Shierson Racing
76
11 Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 Rocke Racing (see note 1)
75
12 Rick Bell Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#78 Rick Bell
75
13 Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Cosworth
#72 Laval Electrical Motors Ltd/Gilles Léger Racing
73
14 Chris Gleason March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#75 Whalley BMW Sales/C.K. Gleason
64
15 Bruce Jensen Ralt RT1 [95] - Ford BDN
#41 Jensen Racing
63 Mechanical
16 Eje Elgh Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Shiek/Julius Schmid of Canada [Fred Opert Racing]
(see note 2)
55 Overheating
17 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Wood Racing Ent./Great Plains Racing
(see note 3)
52 Headgasket
18 Joe Sposato March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola
#28 CBSports/Sposato Motoracing Cie
(see note 4)
50 Engine
19 Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN Smith
#50 Star Racing
46 Accident
20 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Red Roof Inns/Pierre's Motor Racing
42 Accident
21 Jean-Pierre Alamy March 77B [23] - Ford BDN
#13 Colin Hine Racing (see note 5)
31 Oil leak
22 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Bluebonnet Foods/Quaker State/Chris Mark Racing
19 Oil tank
23 J B Kendrick Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#42 Paragon Industries Taurus Racing
18 Accident
24 Ken Briggs March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#30 Briggs Racing Ent.
16 Accident
25 Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth
#59 Marvin-Cleff Smith/Norman Racing
(see note 6)
16 Oil leak
26 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis
#62 Charle William Glauding
11 Accident
27 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 Lane Sports (see note 7)
4 Accident
28 Marcel Talbot Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#11 Jethro Tull/Rick Shea Racing
4 Accident

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

Qualifying
1 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis 1.01.33
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 1.01.34
3 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis 1.01.67
4 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith 1.01.83
5 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola 1.02.12
6 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis 1.02.15
7 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.02.31
8 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.02.49
9 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.02.82
10 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings 1.02.91
11 Eje Elgh (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith 1.03.30

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Eje Elgh): To Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. Later to Robin Boucher and Steve Raine for Sprints in 1987 and then to Stuart Ridge. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. March 77B [23] (Jean-Pierre Alamy): 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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.