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CASC North American Formula Atlantic Series Race

Road America, 19 Jul 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD
#19
25 0.55.42.95
107.689
2 Price Cobb March 80A [21] - Ford BDD
#22 Jon Norman Racing
25 0.55.44.46
3 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#6 Douglas Shierson Racing
25
4 Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#11 Lane Sports Inc
25
5 Steve "Gas" Saleen Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
#69 Gas Saleen Racing
25
6 John Mortensen March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#89 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 1)
25
7 James King March 79B [16] - Ford BDD
#25 Raggedy Ann Racing
25
8 Ed Midgley March 79B [78B-19] - Ford BDD
#40 (see note 2)
25
9 Charles Cass March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#8 Douglas Shierson Racing
25
10 Bob Schader March 79B [78B] - Ford BDD
#16 (see note 3)
25
11 Ralph Manaker March 80A [4] - Ford BDD
#23 RM Racing
24
12 Rick Bell Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
#78 Bell Racing
24
13 Carl Liebich March 79B - Ford BDD
#54 Liebrau Racing (see note 4)
24
14 Bob Hoff Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#68 Gas Saleen Racing
24
15 Whitney Ganz Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#39 Whit Ganz Racing
24
16 Jeff Wood Ralt RT4/80 [162] - Ford BDD
#2 Jeff Wood Racing
16 Spun
17 Tommy Grunnah March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
#53 Relco Racing Enterprises/Reliance Elevator Co
14 Engine
18 Mike Follett Ralt RT1/78 [128] - Ford BDD
#21 Follett Motorsport
13 Spun
19 Peter Greenfield March 79B [3] - Ford BDD
#17
13 Mechanical
20 Roger 'Kip' Penske Jr Ralt RT1/76 [34] - Ford BDD Jennings
#10 Lane Sports Inc
12 Engine
21 Chip Mead Bobsy 80B - Ford BDD
#30 Red Roof Inns/Import Auto Parts Inc
10 Brakes
22 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
#56
3 Overheating
23 Dan Marvin March 76B [3] - Ford BDD
#58 Grateful Dead/Jon Norman Racing
(see note 5)
3 Master cylinder
24 James Oppermann March 79B [4] - Ford BDD
#29
0 Clutch
25 Dale Lang March 80A [12] - Ford BDD
#99 Shierson Racing
0 Accident
DNS Colin Tuckey Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDD
#26 FBM Racing
Did not start
DNA Dean Lundgreen Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDD
#71 Lundgreen Automotive
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop 2.11.551

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. March 79B [78B-19] (Ed Midgley): Sold new to Jerry Hansen and used in SCCA Nationals, winning the 1978 Run-Offs. Sold to Ed Midgley for 1979 and used again only in Nationals. Updated to 79B specification for 1980 and raced by Midgley in the Pro championship until wrecked at Trois Rivieres. Midgley completed the season in a borrowed 78B. The damaged car sold to Carl Berggren and rebuilt. Later with Bruce Cambern.
  3. March 79B [78B] (Bob Schader): 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 79B (Carl Liebich): Long-time Chevron importer Fred Opert acquired a March 79B for 1979 and ran it alongside the Chevron B45 he had left from 1978. It was raced once by team driver Marco Tolama and also by European F2 stars Derek Daly (at Trois-Rivières) and Eje Elgh (at Montréal). It went to Carl Liebich for 1980, who recalls buying a car from Opert that had previously been driven by Daly. Retained for 1981 but Liebich does not recall who he sold it to.
  5. March 76B [3] (Dan Marvin): 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.

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.