1977 Can-Am season

1977 Can-Am season
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The 1977 Can Am season was the tenth running of the Sports Car Club of America's prototype-based series. Despite the revived name, however, the new series was entirely unrelated to the previous series which had folded in 1974. This series used Formula 5000 Lola T332s with fenders added.[1] Patrick Tambay was declared champion,[2] winning six of the nine races that year for Carl Haas. While Lola chassis dominated the series, a Chevrolet powered Schkee DB1 driven by Tom Klausler won the first race at Mont Tremblant.[3] Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve came in third at Road America in a Wolf.[4] While Chevrolet was not the only engine supplier, they swept the entire season. This season also marked a resurgence of interest in SCCA events, with Can Am accompanying F5000 and the Trans Am Series seeing a mild resurgence in the eighties.

Formula 5000 itself would also be classified as "single-seat Can Am".

Results[5]Edit

Round Circuit Date Winning driver Team Car
1 St. Jovite 12 June   Tom Klausler   Schkee Cars Schkee-Chevrolet
2 Laguna Seca 26 June   Don Breidenbach   Briggs Racing Lola-Chevrolet
3 Watkins Glen 10 July   Patrick Tambay   Carl A. Haas Racing Team Lola-Chevrolet
4 Road America 24 July   Peter Gethin   Racing Team VDS Lola-Chevrolet
5 Mid-Ohio 7 August   Patrick Tambay   Carl A. Haas Racing Team Lola-Chevrolet
6 Mosport 21 August   Patrick Tambay   Carl A. Haas Racing Team Lola-Chevrolet
7 Trois-Rivières 4 September   Patrick Tambay   Carl A. Haas Racing Team Lola-Chevrolet
8 Sears Point 25 September   Patrick Tambay   Carl A. Haas Racing Team Lola-Chevrolet
9 Riverside 16 October   Patrick Tambay   Carl A. Haas Racing Team Lola-Chevrolet

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lyons, Pete (1995). Can-Am. Motorbooks International. p. 240. ISBN 0-7603-0017-8.
  2. ^ "Can-Am 1977 «". Oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  3. ^ "Mont-Tremblant, 12 Jun 1977 « Single-seater Can-Am «". Oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  4. ^ "Elkhart Lake, 24 Jul 1977 « Single-seater Can-Am «". Oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  5. ^ http://www.wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/canam/canam1977.html