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Road Race of Champions (FB class)

Road Atlanta, 2 Nov 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [11] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#91 Red Roof Inns (see note 1)
18
2 James Crawley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Interc'l Mrk'g
18
3 Eric Kerman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [73B-7] - Ford BDA
#81 Audiovox (see note 2)
18
4 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA
#58 Bostrom-Borgon Metal (see note 3)
18
5 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [6?] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#17 Lambruso by Zonin (see note 4)
18
6 Tom Outcault (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [743-1] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#35 Troco Racing (see note 5)
18
7 Pat Walter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [6] - Ford BDA
#10 Amerodean Racing
18
8 Mike Rand (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [13]
#37 Cheese Shop/Trojan Saw (see note 6)
18
9 Sandy Shepard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU17] - Ford BDA
#59 KNUI Radio Hawaii (see note 7)
18
10 Warren "Bud" Pauge (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDA
#91 (see note 8)
17
11 Mike Winn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford BDA
#43
17
12 Fred Phillips (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU20] - Ford BDA BSR
#98 Bill Scott (see note 9)
16
13 Bob Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU8] - Ford BDA Smith
#12 Wagnon-Coulter (see note 10)
16
14 Porter Brownlee (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [394.FB.4] - Ford BDA
#14 Competition Specialties
16
15 Charlie Derbes III (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam
#30 Valvoline (see note 11)
12
16 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [17] - Ford BDA
#34 Trojan Tools/Kay-Dee (see note 12)
12
17 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-20] - Ford BDA Hart
#28 Spoasto Motoracing
12
18 Steve Jizmagian (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722
#4 Swanson Art Galleries (see note 13)
12
R Tom Pumpelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [74B-3?] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#84 National Tire Wholesale (see note 14)
5
DNS John Elder (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40
#2 Coca-Cola (see note 15)
Did not start
DNS Tom Sauerbrei (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 742 - Ford BDA
#5 Consolidated Aeronautics (see note 16)
Did not start
DNS Pete Halsmer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 - Ford BDA
#77 A&W Root Beer/CRW Eng. (see note 17)
Did not start
UNKE Tom Crowther (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [722] - Ford BDA
#72 Schick Safety Razor Co (see note 18)
On entry list
DNA Frank Monise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29
#25 Frank Monise Motors (see note 19)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 James Crawley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 22.929s
2 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [11] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1m 22.938s
3 Tom Pumpelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [74B-3?] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1m 22.994s
4 Fred Phillips (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU20] - Ford BDA BSR 1m 23.040s
5 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [17] - Ford BDA 1m 23.319s
6 Tom Outcault (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [743-1] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1m 23.952s
7 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA 1m 24.152s
8 Eric Kerman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [73B-7] - Ford BDA 1m 24.154s
9 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [6?] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1m 24.156s
10 Pat Walter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [6] - Ford BDA 1m 24.610s
11 Mike Rand (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [13] 1m 24.708s
12 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-20] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 25.753s
13 Bob Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU8] - Ford BDA Smith 1m 27.174s
14 Warren "Bud" Pauge (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDA 1m 27.896s
15 Sandy Shepard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU17] - Ford BDA 1m 27.998s
16 Mike Winn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford BDA 1m 28.127s
17 Steve Jizmagian (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 1m 28.519s
18 John Elder * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 1m 31.366s
19 Charlie Derbes III (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam 1m 31.540s
20 Porter Brownlee (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [394.FB.4] - Ford BDA 1m 34.262s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 75B [11] (Bobby Rahal): A black March 75B sold to Doug Shierson Racing for Jon Woodner in the Canadian series. Raced by Woodner, Marty Loft and Richard Melville in the 1975 Canadian Formula Atlantic as a Shierson entry, and then used by guest driver Vittorio Brambilla to win the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières at the end of August. Loaned to Bobby Rahal for the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta in early November, which Rahal also won. Subsequent history unknown, but reported to be the car owned by Steve Bonney in 1978. A car with this chassis number in the UK in 2019.
  2. March 75B [73B-7] (Eric Kerman): A new green March 73B entered by DRC Formula Racing Inc for Ron Cohn (Modena, NY) in Canadian and US Formula B 1973, running as #56. Retained for 1974, running in the Canadian F/Atl series and in the F/Atl race at Watkins Glen in October. To Eric Kerman (Hempstead, NY/Glen Cove, NY) for 1975 and updated with new orange bodywork, entered as #81 or #87, and running as a 75B. Raced by Kerman in SCCA Nationals from 1975 to 1979. Later to Oran Bushey (Huntingdon, NY) and raced until 1982. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] (Jon Norman): William Monson (Kent, WA) bought a new Lotus 69 for 1971 but after only a few races suffered a major accident at Laguna Seca in June 1971 when he clipped the bridge and was in hospital with significant injuries. He retired from racing and sold the wrecked Lotus to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA). Gove's racing partner Pete Lovely was then in the process of fitting a F1 DFV engine to his 1970 F2 Lotus 69 and Gove was able to use the F2 rear end to repair Monson's car. The result was a very quick car and in 1972 Gove raced it in ICSCC and NW Regional events plus at least one National and the Westwood round of the Canadian FB series. In 1973, Gove won the NorPac title in the Lotus and then sold it to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) who won the 1975 NorPac FB title and was second in 1976. Norman also took the car to the Run-Ofrfs in 1975, finishing a remarkable fourth, and raced it in several Pro Formula Atlantic races. Norman raced it at least once in SCCA events in 1977 before replacing it with a much newer March 76B.
  4. March 75B [6?] (Chip Mead): Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) raced a red #17 March 75B as part of the Doug Shierson Racing team in the Players Canadian series 1975 with backing from Zonin wines. He also raced the car in CenDiv Formula B, finishing in a tie for second place for the title. H. T. Mead Jr, who was 25 years old and worked for his father's investment company, had previously raced for Doug Shierson Racing in 1974 in a Chevron B27. Advertised by Chip Mead with a Nicholson/McLaren BDA in January 1976.
  5. March 74B [743-1] (Tom Outcault): Built up as a 743 for Tom Outcault (Cranford, NJ) to race in NEDiv SCCA Formula B and at the Pro FB race at Road America in August. Rebuilt to 75B specification for 1975 and raced in the Pro series and in CenDiv FB (after Outcault moved to Middletown, OH). Sold to Barry Findley (Little Rock, AR) for 1976, and run in MidWest Div FB and then in Southwest Div in 1977 after Findley moved to Texas. Possibly the only FB car to race in four different Divisions in four years. Sold in 1977 to James Michelet (Louisiana) and raced in SCCA in 1977 and 1978 - and, possibly, in 1979. Barry Findley's son Brian recalls that Michelet wrote off the car at Texas World Speedway.
  6. Brabham BT40 [13] (Mike Rand): New for Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) and raced by him in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Batu Tiga in April 1973, but wrecked the following weekend during practice at the Singapore Grand Prix. The car was rebuilt and raced a few times in Canada as part of Fred Opert's team, including by David Fram at Halifax in October 1974, and by Bob Beyea at Trois-Rivières two weeks later. Then sold to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) in time for the 1974 SCCS Runoffs, replacing a crashed Rondel M1, after which Rand raced the BT40 in Northeast Division SCCA Formula B in 1975. For 1976, Rand converted the car to Formula C. He bought a Modus for 1977, and the Brabham was sold to Larry Snover (Langsdale, PA) who raced it in FC and then in FB again. He sold it after the 1979 season to someone who planned to add sportscar bodywork for Can-Am. However, this never happened, and the car was offered for sale by Rick Parent (Asheville, NC) in June 2018, still in Snover's livery, noting that "the car has been sitting since 1980".
  7. Lola T360 [HU17] (Sandy Shepard): New to Sandy Shepard (Denton, TX) for 1975, and given its first race in a Green Valley Racing Association event at Green Valley Raceway. Then raced in the SCCA National at Greater Southwest Raceway in June, and in other Southwest Division Formula B events that year. Engine failures limited him to two race wins, but he won Southwest Division FB in 1975 with those 18 points, and went to the Runoffs. Shepard used the T360 again at the start of the 1976 season, before trading it back to Carl Haas for a Lola T460 which was delivered in May 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. 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 Héctor 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 Bernadine (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.
  9. Lola T360 [HU20] (Fred Phillips): Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Fred Phillips (Shreveport, LA) in June 1975, and run for him by Bill Scott Racing in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975. Rented to Harry MacDonald (Southfield, Michigan) for the IMSA race at Road Atlanta 1976. Sold to James Maetzold (Valley Centre, Kansas) and raced at Hutchinson and Lake Afton in SCCA Midwest Division in 1977. After being unused in 1978, the Lola was sold to John (Joe?) Whitaker, then on to Gene Forsthofel (Olathe, Kansas) in August 1979. Raced by Forsthofel in Midwest Div events to the end of 1981, then sold to Chad Ward (Lathrop, Missouri) who raced it from 1982 to 1984, then once more in 1988. Sold to Bill Formwalt in September 1989, then sold to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA) in May 1991. For sale by Moreland on www.race-cars.com in 2005 with refurbished Bahner tub. Sold to James Frank in October 2005. Used by Frank in SVRA events in 2012 and in 2015.
  10. Lola T360 [HU8] (Bob Young): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Robert Young (Snowmass Resort, CO) to replace Young's earlier Lola T242, but apparently not raced until 1975, having sat in stock in late 1974. Young used the car mainly in SCCA Midwest Division Formula B, winning the Division in 1975, 1976 and 1977. The car's SCCA Logbook shows that it was retained by Young until 1978, then sold to Ron Clawson 25 Aug 1978, Jerry King 4 Sep 1982, Kenny Dahlmann 3 Oct 1988, Keith Young Jan 1990, Steve Torrance 18 Apr 1990, Randy Johnson 28 Mar 1992 and then Cecil Boyd, by which time the car had been fitted with a replacement Marc Bahner monocoque. For a time this car was claimed to be the ex-Bobby Rahal car, a confusion that has now been resolved. Sold to Russell Sewell (Australia) 2008 and then to Leigh Turner (Western Australia) 2009. History then unknown until a car with this chassis number raced in the Formula Atlantic class of the HSCC Formula 2 series by Nick Pink in 2017 and 2018.
  11. Brabham BT29 [33] (Charlie Derbes III): This Brabham BT29, believed to be chassis BT29-33, was bought new by Michael F. Hall (Chicago, IL) and used in SCCA racing where Hall won the 1970 CenDiv FB title. He also raced it in the Pro series in the latter half of the season. Hall retained the red-and-yellow BT29 for the first half of 1971 but replaced it with a new BT35 in August and sold the BT29 to Phil Geraldi (Valley Stream, NY), who had previously raced a LeGrand in NEDiv FB. Geraldi raced it for the rest of 1971 and in 1972 then sold it to Charles J. Derbes III (Metairie, LA) in the spring of 1973. Derbes won the SWDiv Formula B title in this car in 1974 and attended the Run-Offs, finishing 12th. He was second in the Division in 1975 and tied with Warren Pauge for the 1976 title. Chaz Derbes has retained the BT29 ever since, still owning it in 2012.
  12. Brabham BT40 [17] (Ken Duclos): New to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) and raced in Formula B in 1973, winning the Northeast Division title, and the National title by winning the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta in November. Retained for 1974, and again won both the Northeast title and the National title, and towards the end of that season was fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Atlantic. Again retained for 1975, now with the BDA in Formula B, and Duclos won a third successive NEDiv title in the car, but this time retired at the Runoffs. In 1975, the car wore Falconer bodywork. Sold to Peter Gates (Claymont, DE) for 1976, fitted with a 1.1-litre Cosworth BDJ for Formula C, and finished third in the NEDiv FC title. To Jon Sley (Claymont, Delaware) for FC again in 1977, finishing fifth in NEDiv. The car was next seen when advertised by Gates in 1992 as restored with a new tub. After that, it was next mentioned by Michael Rand in February 2018 as having been recently purchased. By April 2015, Rand had sold it to Bob Burnside in Michigan.
  13. March 722 (Steve Jizmagian): Steve Jizmagian (San Francisco, CA) raced a March 722 in west coast SCCA Nationals and Regionals in 1973. He retained the car for 1974, using the car mainly in Nationals and qualifying for the Runoffs. He retained the 722 for a third season in 1975, still with its Ford twin cam engine despite the formula's move to BDA engines, and again qualified for the Runoffs. The car was entered throughout these three seasons by Jizmagian as #4, but it colour was variously reported as blue and as black in 1973, then as red in 1974 and 1975. He advertised the car in August 1976 as "March 72B, Quicksilver, three times ARRC", suggesting it was Chuck Sarich's car in 1972, as Jizmagian had only qualified for the Runoffs in 1974 and 1975, and Chuck was the only one of the Sarich brothers to qualify in 1972. Subsequent history unknown.
  14. March 75B [74B-3?] (Tom Pumpelly): New to Ecurie Canada, and raced by Gilles Villeneuve (Berthierville, Quebec, Canada) in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series with Schweppes sponsorship. Villeneuve was the newly-crowned world snowmobile champion, but had also raced with success in Formula Ford. For the first two races of the season, this car had standard 74B bodywork and a front radiator, but by Gimli on 16 June, he had a new car in the latest specification, and the older 74B was inherited by Chuck Hansen, whose name was on the side of it at Gimli and who then raced at Sanair as an Ecurie Canada entry in mid-July. It then appears to have passed into the possession of March importer Joe Grimaldi, and was raced as a Race Shop entry by Dale Lang at Road America in late August. It was then updated to the latest F2 specification for George Follmer to drive as an Ecurie Canada entry at Trois-Rivières when it was described as a second Schweppes March 74B originally meant for Hans Stuck. Raced by Bertil Roos at Watkins Glen in October, then hired by Grimaldi to Eric Kerman for the SCCA Runoffs. Sold by Grimaldi to Tom Pumpelly and run for him by Cavanaugh Racing at the opening two races of 1975, but he failed to start either race. Then thought to have gone with Pumpelly to Doug Shierson Racing but exactly how it was used later that season remains unclear. As he advertised the car in January 1976 as a "74-75B", "ex-Follmer/Roos", the strong impression is that the 75B provided for him by Doug Shierson was actually his 74B updated to the latest specification. Subsequent history unknown.
  15. Brabham BT40 (John Elder): Mike Hall (Twin Lakes, WI) raced a brand new Brabham BT40 at the SCCA Run-Offs, known then as American Road Race of Champions, at Road Atlanta 25 Nov 1972, the first BT40 to race. Hall then raced this car in Formula B and Formula Atlantic in 1973 and 1974. He replaced it with a Lola T360 for 1975 and the Brabham was then raced by John Elder (Rosemount, Minnesota) in SCCA Nationals in 1975, winning his class at Brainerd in July. Hall had modified his car with a wide nose and a higher and fuller tail, and Elder's car showed the same modifications.
  16. March 742 (Tom Sauerbrei): Patrick Depailler raced a March 74B at Trois-Rivières in September 1974. Autosport described it as the car tested earlier in England by Jim Crawford, but now set to full Formula 2 specification. Canadian Motorsport Bulletin described it as the ex-Coulon 'slave' March 732, but the possibility exists that it had actually begun life as Dale Lang's 74B/2. Photographs show that it was raced by Lang in the US GP support race at Watkins Glen in October. The car then went to Formula Ford graduate Tom Sauerbrei (Fresno, CA), who had an excellent season in the "742" in SCCA Regionals and Nationals in 1975, winning the regional title. After that season, it was rebuilt to 75B specification and leased to Johnnie Crean (San Juan Capistrano, CA), the 27-year-old son of former racer John C Crean, who raced it in two IMSA Formula Atlantic races in California in May 1976, and later in SCCA Nationals and Regionals. Subsequent history unknown.
  17. Brabham BT38 (Pete Halsmer): Sold new to Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) and raced in the 1972 SCCA Formula B series. Also raced in SCCA Nationals and at the Run-Offs. Retained for 1973 and run in Nationals, winning at Holtville in March. Retained again for the early 1974 Nationals and then said to have been seized by the sheriff at the Phoenix National for unpaid alimony. Next seen in May 1975 when Pete Halsmer (Huntington Beach, CA) raced "the ex-Middleton Brabham BT-38" in Formula B. Raced by Halsmer for three seasons, during which time it was extensively modified by Halsmer. Halsmer won the Laguna Seca June Sprints in the BT38 in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  18. March 75B [722] (Tom Crowther): Tom Crowther (Kentfield, CA, later Novato, CA) raced a March in Formula B/Atlantic from 1974 to 1976 and this is believed to have been the same March 722 throughout. At first the car was entered by "Pollard Racing, a division of Donald Pollard Associates". By late 1975, the car had acquired 75B bodywork and was entered as such at the 1975 Run-Offs and at a single Pro appearance in late 1976. It was then sold via Pierre Phillips to Nick Lingren and was driven by Sans Thompson at Trois-Rivières in 1978.
  19. Brabham BT29 (Frank Monise): Graham Baker moved from New Zealand to the US for a season of Formula B in 1970. He bought a new green Brabham BT29 from Chip Gompf and Wayne Mitchell, one of three new BT29s they had in stock. He was entered by Charlie Hayes Racing Equipment as #82 for his first race, at Edmonton in May, but was then self-entered as #82 for the next eight races as #67 before ending the season as part of the Bonphil Racing Industries team. Hayes sold the car for Baker at the end of the season to a non-racer in Laguna Hills who appears to have retained it, unused, for three years. In late 1973/early 1974, CSCC racer Jeff Alkana learnt from engine specialist Steve Jennings about the car and he bought it with Frank Monise (Pasadena, CA), who needed a new BT29 having wrecked his earlier BT29-41. Monise raced the car for several more seasons with Ford twin cam and BDA engines before selling it around 1976 to Tito D'Oporto and Gary Green and replacing it with a March.

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.

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