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CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Sears Point, 25 May 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1/76 [34] - Ford BDD Jennings
#1 Lane Sports
40 1.01.56.9
97.75
2 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#6 Shierson Racing
40 1.02.03.7
3 Steve "Gas" Saleen Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
#69
40
4 Jeff Wood March 80A [14] - Ford BDD Willis
#2
40
5 John Mortensen March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#89 Shierson Racing (see note 1)
40
6 Tom Stewart March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#3 Pierre Phillips
40
7 Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#11 Lane Sports
40
8 Bob Hoff Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#68
39
9 Robert Silvestro Ralt RT1/78 [129] - Ford BDD
#99 BTG Investments
39
10 Steve Jizmagian Ralt RT1/79 [167] - Ford BDD
#17
38
11 Charles Cass March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
38
12 Ed Donnelly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#32
31 Engine
13 Warren "Bud" Pauge Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDD
#92 (see note 2)
28 Mechanical
14 Ralph Manaker March 80A [4] - Ford BDD
#23
24 Accident
15 Dan Marvin March 80A [21] - Ford BDD
#7 Jon Norman Racing
20 Flywheel
16 Tommy Grunnah March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
#53 Relco Racing
19 Engine
17 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD Jennings
#19
13 Overheating
18 Paul Grundrich Ralt RT1/78 [111] - Ford BDD
#15 BTG Investments
12 Engine
19 Price Cobb March 80A [20] - Ford BDD
#22 Jon Norman Racing
11 Throttle
20 Ken Dunn Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
#27
10 Suspension
21 Whitney Ganz Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#39
9 Engine
22 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#56
9 Suspension
DNSC Dave McMillan Ralt RT1/76 [36] - Ford BDD Hart
#41 (see note 3)
Did not start (crashed)

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

Qualifying
1 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 [34] - Ford BDD Jennings 1.30.69
3 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [21] - Ford BDD
4 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
5 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
6 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
7 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [14] - Ford BDD Willis
8 Rogelio Rodriguez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
11 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [20] - Ford BDD

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 80A [9] (John Mortensen): Run in 1980 by Doug Shierson Racing for John Mortensen in North American series then to Howard Cherry for 1981 and 1982 (prepared and run by Dennis Eades of Competition Preparation). Sold to an Italian-American 1982 and disassembled; to John Barrett 1990 and rebuilt with the help of Ed Midgley but not raced; to Jim Ozane 1999 (used in vintage racing); to Christian Forrer 2005 (US vintage racing); to Kim Jones (Australia) 2008.
  2. Brabham BT38 [‘33’] (Warren "Bud" Pauge): A "new chassis" replacing the ASCA team's Brabham BT38 wrecked by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Rouen. It was raced by teammate Adam Potocki at Imola, where Potocki failed to qualify, and was then Jaussaud's car for the rest of the season. ASCA entered Jaussaud in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, but he was involved in the startline accident at the second Interlagos race, and the Brabham was badly damaged. According to Chris Townsend's research, this car was acquired by Fred Opert Racing and raced by H├ęctor Rebaque in the Caracas Formula B race in March 1973, then by Brian Robertson in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1973. It's not clear what else Opert used it for in 1973, but in January 1974, he sold it to John Bernardine (Tulsa, OK) for SCCA Formula B. Then to Warren Pauge (Hacienda Heights, CA) in August 1975, replacing his well-used Brabham BT21. Pauge retained the BT38 for many years, even running it as a Can-Am car once in 1982. After he finally stopped racing it in 1988, he sold it to Marc Bahner, then it went to George Steven in 1992, Tom Stapleton about 2008, and Paul Skilowitz (Stuart, FL) in 2016.
  3. 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].

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.