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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Lime Rock, 4 Jul 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Red Roof/Morgan [Pierre's Motor Racing]
65 0.54.55.024
$10000
2 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Jiffy Mixes [Doug Shierson Racing]
65
$6500
3 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Great Plains Racing (see note 1)
65
$4000
4 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Excita Condoms [Fred Opert Racing]
(see note 2)
65
$3500
5 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Direct Films [Ecurie Canada]
64
$3000
6 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 Lane Sports (Tigre JD-1) (see note 3)
64
$2500
7 Bertil Roos March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#24 Acme/Racetune
64
$2100
8 Bill Brack March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 Doug Shierson Racing
64
$1800
9 James Crawley Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Fred Opert Racing
63
$1600
10 Bobby Brown March 78B [13] - Ford BDN
#79 Automatic Radio
63
$1300
11 Ken Duclos Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDN Duclos
#84
63
$1100
12 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Sigmon [Pierre's Motor Racing]
63
$800
13 John Mortensen March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Race Shop [Doug Shierson Racing]
63
$700
14 Rick Bell Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#78
62
$600
15 Carl Liebich Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils
#54 (see note 4)
62
$500
16 Peter Neumahr Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#42
62
 
17 Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 Rocke Racing (see note 5)
62
 
18 Joe Sposato March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola
#28 C.B. Sports (see note 6)
61
 
19 Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#51 Brooks Stevens
61
 
20 Skeeter McKitterick Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#11 Shea Racing
59
 
21 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Parnelli Jones [Ralt American]
58
 
22 Ken Briggs March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#30 Tropicana Hotel
58
 
23 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#71
56
 
24 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Bluebonnet
40 Engine  
25 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis
#62
33 Mechanical  
26 Jean-Pierre Alamy March 77B [23] - Ford BDN
#13 Greenpeace (see note 7)
27 Engine  
27 Mike Follett Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#21
25 Spun  
28 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 (see note 8)
22 Mechanical  
29 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Morris
#75 Whalley BMW Sales
21 Spun  
30 Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Palm Beach Gem Lab [Hunter Mountain]
11 Electrics  
T/C Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
#4
(Crashed in practice)
UNKE Eje Elgh Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Sheik Condoms [Fred Opert Racing]
(see note 9)
On entry list
UNKE Marcel Talbot Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#11 Jethro Tull
On entry list
UNKE Bruce Jensen March 78B - Ford BDN
#41 Maritimes Special
On entry list
UNKE J B Kendrick Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#42 Paragon Industries
On entry list
UNKE Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN
#50 Starr Racing
On entry list
UNKE Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN
#59 (see note 10)
On entry list
UNKE Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#72 Laval Motors
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop 48.321s
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 48.479s
3 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola 48.519s
4 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Nicholson 48.541s
5 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis 48.662s
6 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith 48.882s
7 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis 48.890s
8 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings 49.065s
9 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis 49.102s
10 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13] - Ford BDN 49.491s
11 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis 49.553s
12 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop 49.583s
13 Ken Briggs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 49.617s
14 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDN Duclos 49.669s
15 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis 49.728s
16 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola 49.738s
17 Chris Gleason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Morris 50.029s
18 Peter Neumahr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 50.097s
19 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Morris 50.107s
20 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils 50.191s
21 Mike Rocke (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson 50.289s
22 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth 50.336s
23 Rick Koehler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth 50.710s
24 James Crawley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Smith 50.724s
25 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola 50.726s
26 John Connolly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 50.964s
27 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola 50.977s
28 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN 51.343s
29 Mike Follett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN Cosworth 51.611s
30 Jean-Pierre Alamy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN 52.168s

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. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Keke Rosberg): 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 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. 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.
  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 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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.