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CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Long Beach, 7 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#38 Lane Sports
51 1.14.57.000
82.471
2 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1/78 [132] - Ford BDD Jennings
#33 Ralt American
51 1.15.02.000
3 Bill Brack March 78B [13?] - Ford BDD
#7 STP
51
4 Dave McMillan Ralt RT1/76 [36] - Ford BDD
#34 Ralt American (see note 1)
51
5 Jeff Wood March 79B [17] - Ford BDD
#2 Jeff Wood Racing
51
6 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/78 [109] - Ford BDD
#35 Pierre Phillips Racing
51
7 Jon Norman March 79B - Ford BDD
#58 Marvin-Clegg Racing
51
8 Steve "Gas" Saleen March 77B - Ford BDD
#39 Clayton Bierke
50
9 Tony Rouff Ralt RT1/78 [129] - Ford BDD
#36 Pierre Phillips Racing
50
10 Rick Bell Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
#98 Rick Bell Racing
50
11 Terry Knight March 79B [78B-1] - Ford BDD
#88 Stimola Race Preparation
49
12 Tommy Grunnah March 79B - Ford BDD
#53 Relco Racing Enterprises
49
13 Steve Anderson March 78B - Ford BDD
#40 X-A Cabinets/White Head
49
14 Howdy Holmes March 79B - Ford BDD
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
49
15 Ralph Manaker March 79B [6] - Ford BDD
#23 RM Racing/Site Hill Farms
49
16 Cliff Hansen March 79B - Ford BDD
#27 Team Kiwi/Cliff Furnas
48
17 Dick Moody Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#78 Moody Racing
48
18 Skeeter McKitterick Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDD Jennings
#12 AME Racing
47
19 Ken Duclos Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDD
#84 Trojan Tools/KD Automo
47
20 Dan Marvin March 79B - Ford BDD
#59 Marvin-Clegg Racing
47
21 John Bauer March 77B [28?] - Ford BDD
#73 John Bauer Racing
47
22 Marco Tolama Chevron B45 [45.78.02] - Ford BDD
#5 Fred Opert Racing
47
23 Joe Sposato March 79B [13] - Ford BDD
#28 First American Title Co
43
24 John Paul Jr Ralt RT1/79 [96] - Ford BDD
#18 John Paul Racing
40 Retired
25 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDD
#75 Keystone Auto Products
39 Retired
26 Mark McCaig Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#11 Rick Shea Racing
36 Retired
27 Ken Briggs March 79B - Ford BDD
#89 Stimola Race Preparation
26 Retired
28 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD
#19 NTS Racing
23 Transmission
29 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDD
#22 Chas Jourdan/Taurus Racing
19 Transmission
30 Rick Koehler March 79B [9] - Ford BDD
#51 Ecurie Excalibur
17 Retired
31 Tennyson Kwok March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDD
#43 KWOK and Murray Promotions
10 Collision with Bauer
32 Mike Follett Ralt RT1/78 [128] - Ford BDD
#21 Follett Motorsport
7 Retired
33 Bob McGregor March 77B [76B-12] - Ford BDD
#52 -
7 Retired
34 David Loring Ralt RT1/78 [96] - Ford BDD
#81 John Paul Racing
3 Retired
35 John Mortensen March 79B - Ford BDD
#9 Stimola Race Preparation
2 Retired
36 Larry Bergman Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#87
0 Retired
DNS Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDD
#31 Bob Signom
Did not start
DNS Dick Gamble March 78B [73B as '722-23'] - Ford BDD
#66 Titmus Racing (see note 2)
Did not start
(Engine)
DNQ Giuseppe "Joe" Castellano March 77B - Ford BDD
Ecurie Excalibur
Did not qualify
T/S Jeff Wood March 79A - Ford BDD
Jeff Wood Racing
(Spare - not used in practice)
T/S Howdy Holmes March 79A - Ford BDD
Doug Shierson Racing
(Spare - not used in practice)

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

Qualifying
1 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [132] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.26.700
2 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.27.010
3 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.27.640
4 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD 1.27.910
5 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13?] - Ford BDD 1.28.280
6 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.28.320
7 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDD 1.28.380
8 Dave McMillan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 [36] - Ford BDD 1.28.400
9 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [17] - Ford BDD 1.28.550
10 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.28.680
11 Geoff Brabham (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [109] - Ford BDD 1.28.820
12 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.28.860
13 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.28.930
14 Ken Briggs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.29.060
15 Rick Koehler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [9] - Ford BDD 1.29.130
16 Tony Rouff (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [129] - Ford BDD 1.29.310
17 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDD 1.29.440
18 Chris Gleason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDD 1.29.560
19 David Loring (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [96] - Ford BDD 1.29.750
20 Ralph Manaker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [6] - Ford BDD 1.29.830
21 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [13] - Ford BDD 1.29.880
22 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.29.900
23 Chip Mead * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDD 1.29.930
24 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.30.310
25 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD 1.30.510
26 Larry Bergman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD 1.30.620
27 Mark McCaig (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD 1.30.740
28 Steve Anderson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDD 1.30.970
29 Mike Follett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [128] - Ford BDD 1.31.150
30 Tommy Grunnah (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.31.310
31 John Paul Jr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [96] - Ford BDD 1.32.020
32 Tennyson Kwok (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDD 1.32.080
33 Dick Moody (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD 1.32.480
34 Terry Knight (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [78B-1] - Ford BDD 1.33.050
35 John Bauer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [28?] - Ford BDD 1.33.300
36 Bob McGregor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [76B-12] - Ford BDD 1.33.790
37 Marco Tolama (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45.78.02] - Ford BDD 1.34.730
38 Dick Gamble * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [73B as '722-23'] - Ford BDD 1.34.740
39 Giuseppe "Joe" Castellano * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.37.100
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1/76 [36] (Dave McMillan): Consigned by Ralt to Ralt American in summer 1976. Run by Dave McMillan in New Zealand Gold Star series, late 1976. Chassis number observed on Dave McMillan's car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described there as ex Kevin Cogan, so one of the four RT1s [chassis 30; 33; 34; 36] shown in Ralt build records [reproduced Autosport 1977] sent to Brian Robertson for Formula Atlantic series in 1976. Since 30 is known to be the car of Bertil Roos, and 33 that of Craig Hill, we can assume that Cogan indeed used 36 [except at the last race of the year when he is known to use Hill's RT1-33], and 34 was that of Richard Spenard - a car originally intended for McMillan's use in North America, until his sponsorship fell through. Retained by McMillan until at least 1980, and used in both North America and New Zealand. McMillan says took his own car to Canada NZMA 29 Jul 77 p5. NZMA report of the race at Halifax says car used in NZ. Chassis number given for McMillan's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978 [NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4].
  2. March 78B [73B as '722-23'] (Dick Gamble): 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. Probably then the "75B" that Cooper raced as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975; maybe the 75B/76B that Wilbur Bunce ran for him in 1976, and possibly the self-entered 77B he had in early 1977. Might then be 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.

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 if you can add anything.