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L&M F5000 Championship Race

Road Atlanta, 19 Aug 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Brian Redman Lola T330 [HU14] - Chevrolet Smith V8
(see note 1)
30 39:00.5
116.3 mph
$13250
2 Mark Donohue Lola T330 [HU19] - AMC 304 ci Traco V8
(see note 2)
30 39:28.6
$8050
3 Peter Gethin Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet Smith V8
(see note 3)
30
$4950
4 Jody Scheckter Trojan T101 [103] - Chevrolet Smith V8
(see note 4)
30
$2800
5 Jon Woodner McRae GM1 [008] - Chevrolet Bartz V8
(see note 5)
30
$2100
6 Steve Pieper Lola T300 [HU7] - Chevrolet CRM V8
29
$1800
7 Gordon Meffert McRae GM1 [006] - Chevrolet Bartz V8
(see note 6)
29
$1600
8 Tony Settember McLaren M10/18 - Chevrolet V8
29
$1450
9 Evan Noyes McRae GM1 [002] - Chevrolet Bartz V8
(see note 7)
29
$1300
10 John Gunn March 73A [1] - Chevrolet Crane V8
(see note 8)
28
$1150
11 Vern Schuppan McRae GM1 [011] - Chevrolet Williams V8
(see note 9)
28
$1000
12 Horst Kroll Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
28
$900
13 Eddie Miller Lola T330 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 10)
27
$800
14 Gerard Raney Eagle Mk 5 - Chevrolet V8
27
$800
15 Thomas C. Jones McLaren M22 [M22-3-72] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 11)
26
$700
16 Floyd "Butch" Heneger Lotus 70 [01] - Ford V8
24
$700
17 Graham McRae McRae GM1 [014] - Chevrolet Bartz V8
(see note 12)
21 engine failure $1200
18 Gus Hutchison March 73A [3] - Chevrolet HRE V8
(see note 13)
16 engine failure $1100
19 Bob Lazier Lola T330 [HU20] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 14)
14 mechanical $600
20 Michael Brockman Lola T300 [HU1-2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 15)
12 mechanical $600
21 Eppie Wietzes Lola T330 [HU11] - Chevrolet Bartz V8
(see note 16)
8 head gasket $600
22 David Hobbs Lola T330 [HU15] - Chevrolet Morand V8
(see note 17)
7 engine failure $1350
23 Brett Lunger Lola T330 [HU12-2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 18)
3 engine failure $600
24 Syd Demovsky Surtees TS8 [003] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 19)
1 mechanical $600
DNSF Sam Posey Trojan T101 [103] - Chevrolet Smith V8
(see note 20)
Did not start final
DNQH John Gimbel Matich A50 [003] - Ford V8
Did not qualify from heats
(12th in Heat 2)
DNQH Jim Sarich McRae GM1 [009] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 21)
Did not qualify from heats
(13th in Heat 1)
DNS Roger Bighouse Lola T142 [SL142/21] - Chevrolet V8
Did not start
DNS James Gutfreund Lola T330 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 22)
Did not start
DNSC James Dunkel Chevron B24 [24-73-05] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 23)
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Bob Muir Lola T330 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 24)
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Tony Adamowicz Lola T330 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
[Roy Woods Racing] (see note 25)
Did not start (crashed)
T/H Jody Scheckter Lola T330 [HU24] - Chevrolet Smith V8
(see note 26)
(Only used in heat)
T Brian Redman Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet Smith V8
(see note 27)
(Only used in practice)

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Brian Redman2025:58.563116.6 mph
2David Hobbs20
3Graham McRae20
4Sam Posey20
5Jon Woodner20
6Eddie Miller20
7Evan Noyes
8Gordon Meffert
9Tony Settember
10Floyd "Butch" Heneger
11Syd DemovskyRetired
12Jody ScheckterRetired
13Jim SarichRetired
James GutfreundDid not start
Roger BighouseDid not start
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Mark Donohue2026:17.272115.121 mph
2Peter Gethin20
3Gus Hutchison20
4John Gunn20
5Bob Lazier20
6Steve Pieper20
7Eppie Wietzes20
8Vern Schuppan
9Horst Kroll
10Michael Brockman
11Thomas C. Jones
12John GimbelRetired
13Brett LungerRetired
Gerard RaneyDid not start
Qualifying
1 Brian Redman (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU14] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1:16.335
2 Mark Donohue (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU19] - AMC 304 ci Traco V8 1:16.67
3 Jody Scheckter * (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU24] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1:17.056
4 Eppie Wietzes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU11] - Chevrolet Bartz V8 1:17.642
5 David Hobbs (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU15] - Chevrolet Morand V8 1:17.906
6 Brett Lunger (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU12-2] - Chevrolet V8 1:17.940
7 Sam Posey (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [103] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1:18.261
8 Peter Gethin (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1:18.496
9 Graham McRae (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [014] - Chevrolet Bartz V8 1:18.705
10 Bob Lazier (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU20] - Chevrolet V8 1:19.525
11 Jon Woodner (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [008] - Chevrolet Bartz V8 1:19.531
12 Gus Hutchison (F5000) 5-litre March 73A [3] - Chevrolet HRE V8
13 Eddie Miller (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8
14 John Gunn (F5000) 5-litre March 73A [1] - Chevrolet Crane V8
15 Jim Sarich (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [009] - Chevrolet V8
16 Steve Pieper (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU7] - Chevrolet CRM V8
17 Horst Kroll (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
18 Vern Schuppan (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [011] - Chevrolet Williams V8
19 Gordon Meffert (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [006] - Chevrolet Bartz V8
20 Tony Settember (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10/18 - Chevrolet V8
21 Syd Demovsky (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS8 [003] - Chevrolet V8
22 Michael Brockman (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU1-2] - Chevrolet V8
23 Evan Noyes (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [002] - Chevrolet Bartz V8
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T330 [HU14] (Brian Redman): See full history: Lola T330 HU14.
  2. Lola T330 [HU19] (Mark Donohue): See full history: Lola T330 HU19.
  3. Chevron B24 [24-73-02] (Peter Gethin): New for 1973 season. Doug Shierson for Peter Gethin: raced in UK 1973 (won Race of Champions) and US 1973. To Roger Bighouse (Eastlake, OH): raced in US 1974 (7 races); US 1975 (4 races + 1 DNS) - Pat McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH): raced in US 1976 (1 race) and Can-Am 1977 (4 races + 1 DNS); probably the car entered by McGonegle as 'Mannix MX-2' in Can-Am 1978; advertised April 1979 - Danny Johnson (Kewanee, IL) 1979: raced in Can-Am 1979 (1 race), Can-Am 1981 (5 races), Can-Am 1982 (6 races) - Brian R Taylor (now Clive, Iowa) for Mike Engstrand (Des Moines, Iowa): raced in Can-Am 1985 (3 races) - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) - Anthony Taylor (Blackburn, UK) 2001: due to be rebuilt and raced in FORCE Historic F5000 series (UK) 2001. Then unknown until owned by Greg Thornton in 2011 and raced in UK and New Zealand 2011/12. Badly damaged in a fire at Thornton's garage in June 2012 but completely reconstructed.
  4. Trojan T101 [103] (Jody Scheckter): See full history: Trojan T101/103.
  5. McRae GM1 [008] (Jon Woodner): New to Cuddy Racing for Jon Woodner to race in the 1973 US series. Advertised in Autoweek 22 Dec 1973 by Carroll Smith, Bill Cuddy and Woodner. Subsequent history unknown but a tub with chassis plate 008 plus bodywork and wings acquired from Graham McRae by Dan Furey (Columbus, OH), built up and and raced by Furey in historics from 1994 to 1997. Sold in 2004 to Paul Hoey (Olympia, WA) who believed it may have been the Josef Scott car, not the Woodner car. Sold to Jay Esterer (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) July 2008, and raced in F5000 Tasman Revival series in New Zealand in January 2009. Sold February 2009 to Peter Burson (Auckland, New Zealand), also the owner of 003, and raced regularly by Aaron Burson (Auckland, New Zealand) in the F5000 Tasman Revival series almost every season from 2009/10 to 2017/18. More information about McRae GM1-008
  6. McRae GM1 [006] (Gordon Meffert): See full history: McRae GM1/006.
  7. McRae GM1 [002] (Evan Noyes): Built as Leda LT27-002 for the 1972 season. To Evan Noyes (Cedarville, MI) and raced in UK and US series in 1972, then Tasman 1973, then US series 1973. Via Roy Campbell, "Race Car Drivers Institute" and a bankrupcy auction to Jim Sechser (St Louis Park, MN) by 1975 or 1976, and used in SCCA racing and a single Pro race in 1976 and 1977. Crashed heavily in 1977, but rebuilt and raced again in 1979. To Fred Schilpin (St Cloud, MN) 1979 or later, and used in minor racing; then retained until 1996. To Roger Williams (Auckland, New Zealand) 1996. Raced by Williams in Australian historic racing from 2001 onwards, and in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2003 to 2006. To Alastair Russell (Auckland, New Zealand) and raced in Tasman Revival series from 2006 onwards. More information about Leda LT27-002/McRae GM1-002
  8. March 73A [1] (John Gunn): Built for 1973 season (white). John Gunn: raced in US 1973, US 1974 (last race September 1974) - Les Hudelson mid-1974: raced by John Cannon US for the two Californian races in October 1974. Car then "put away"; retained by Hudelson in storage for nearly 20 years - Greg Wold (Maple Grove, MN) about 1993: restored to 1973 specification over next six years; raced in the SVRA series 2002. To Nick Smith (San Diego, CA) Feb 2007. To Roger Williams (New Zealand) Jan 2010. To Clark Proctor (Auckland, New Zealand) later in 2010 and raced in the Tasman Revival series in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.
  9. McRae GM1 [011] (Vern Schuppan): See full history: McRae GM1/011.
  10. Lola T330 [HU9] (Eddie Miller): See full history: Lola T330 HU9.
  11. McLaren M22 [M22-3-72] (Thomas C. Jones): Bought by Tom Jones in the autumn of 1972 from Fred Opert as a kit, and built up by Jones and his father. Raced in the US series in 1973 and 1974. Sold to the father of Vic Todia (Parma Heights, OH) who raced in SCCA and 'Pro' events in 1976 and then SCCA events in 1977 and 1978. Acquired by Len Arnold (Greeley, Colorado) 1989, who restored the car and sold it to McLaren collector Harry Mathews in November 1990. Sold to Kiwi Tony Roberts (Auckland, New Zealand) to race in the 2007/08 F5000 Tasman Revival series. Sold to Tim Rush (Feilding, NZ), and raced in the 2009/10 Revival series. Later damaged at Hampton Downs in January 2015. More information about McLaren M22 M22-3-72
  12. McRae GM1 [014] (Graham McRae): New for Graham McRae in 1973 and raced by him in the US series, in STP livery and entered as #1. The car was not a success and McRae was distracted by his Indy 500 campaign and his F1 debut. The car returned to England but was not sen again until advertised by dealer Derek Robinson (Frome, Somerset) in May 1975. Sold to Ian Stronach (Manchester) and raced in libre racing during 1976 and 1977, usually at Oulton Park and Aintree. Then to Larry Bradley late 1978, then to Ian Higgins in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Sold to the US where it reappeared with Ken Petrie at a F5000 reunion in May 2001. Sold to Jay Esterer (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) in 2008, restored to its #1 STP livery and raced by him in historic racing in the US and in New Zealand. Damaged at Manfeild in November 2011 but repaired and raced by Esterer again in 2015. More information
  13. March 73A [3] (Gus Hutchison): See full history: March 73A/1.
  14. Lola T330 [HU20] (Bob Lazier): See full history: Lola T330 HU20.
  15. Lola T300 [HU1-2] (Michael Brockman): New for Frank Gardner late UK 1971 season, then to Australia but crashed in practice for the Australian GP and the 1972 Tasman series. Sold to Gary Campbell for the end of the Tasman series, then the 1972 Australian Gold Star series. Traded to Carl Haas for a new Lola T330, and sold on to Mike Brockman in Florida for the 1973 US championship. Not seen in 1974. Subsequent history unknown. More information about Lola T300 HU1
  16. Lola T330 [HU11] (Eppie Wietzes): See full history: Lola T330 HU11.
  17. Lola T330 [HU15] (David Hobbs): See full history: Lola T330 HU15.
  18. Lola T330 [HU12-2] (Brett Lunger): See full history: Lola T330 HU12.
  19. Surtees TS8 [003] (Syd Demovsky): New for Bob Griffin's Corsair Racing Team (San Antonio, TX) June 1971 for Clive Baker to race in the US series (from Edmonton 1 Aug 1971). The TS8 was retained for Baker for 1972 as teammate to Ron Grable in a new TS11, but the team did not reappear after Grable crashed his TS11 at Edmonton on 4 Jun 1972 and went bust at some point during the year. Both cars were sold to Gus Hutchison (Dallas, TX), and the TS8 was entered by Hutchison's HRE (Dallas, TX) for Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) throughout the 1973 US series, with a best finish of ninth in the final race. The TS8 was advertised by Hutchison in Autoweek 22 Sep 1973 and later 7 Dec 1974 as "ready to race". Also in the advert was a TS11 which was said to have a new tub and a further new spare tub. Subsequent history unknown.
  20. Trojan T101 [103] (Sam Posey): See full history: Trojan T101/103.
  21. McRae GM1 [009] (Jim Sarich): Built for 1973 season. Quicksilver Racing (Rockville, MD) for Jim and Chuck Sarich: raced in US 1973 (debut Watkins Glen R5 17 Jun 1973), US 1974 (1 race: Laguna Seca); advertised Autoweek 26 Apr 1975 - Ted Wenz and Peter Marcovicci (of Marcovicci-Wenz Engineering) 1986: raced by Wenz in US vintage racing 1986-1998 - Stan Redmond (Christchurch, New Zealand) 2003. Retained 2004 and used in the F5000 Tasman Revival series in 2004 and 2006. To Alistair Hey (Christchurch) 2007, and used by Chris Hyde to win the 2007/08 F5000 Tasman Revival Series. To Steve Ross (Dunedin) 2009, who continued to run it in the F5000 Tasman Revival series (#5 orange).
  22. Lola T330 [HU3] (James Gutfreund): See full history: Lola T330 HU3.
  23. Chevron B24 [24-73-05] (James Dunkel): Built for 1973 season. Via Geoff Freeman to James Dunkel: intended for US 1973 - debut Road Atlanta 19 Aug - crashed in practice and destroyed. This car seems to have been rebuilt and sold to Mike Koslowski (see 'B24-73-05A' below) but a replacement car was also bought from Chevron (see 'B24-73-05B' below).
  24. Lola T330 [HU4] (Bob Muir): See full history: Lola T330 HU4.
  25. Lola T330 [HU7] (Tony Adamowicz): See full history: Lola T330 HU7.
  26. Lola T330 [HU24] (Jody Scheckter): See full history: Lola T330 HU24.
  27. Lola T330 [HU8] (Brian Redman): To Haas/Hall and developed by Jim Hall with revised bodywork, radiators and rear wing for Brian Redman in the 1973 US series. Then to Rogers Racing for Larry Harley in the 1974 US series. To Ken Smith (New Zealand) for the 1974/75 season, the New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976. To Chris Milton (South Australia) and raced in Australia from Sep 1977 to Sep 1978. To John Blanden 1978, and driven for him by Rob Butcher from 1979 to 1982. To Bib Stillwell 1988 for Australian historic racing. To Noel Robson (Melbourne, Australia) 1993, and raced in Australian historic racing for many years. More information about Lola T330 HU8

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.

1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.

1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.

1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.

US SCCA Runoffs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.

Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.