Race Hamilton

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Race Hamilton
Atlantic Championship
Location Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
43°15′21″N 79°52′23″W / 43.25583°N 79.87306°W / 43.25583; -79.87306Coordinates: 43°15′21″N 79°52′23″W / 43.25583°N 79.87306°W / 43.25583; -79.87306
First race 1978
First Atlantic Championship race 1978
Last race 1978
Laps 39
Duration 47m 24.585s
Most wins (driver) Sweden Keke Rosberg (1)
Most wins (team) Excita/Fred Opert Racing (1)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevron B45 - Ford (1)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.3 mi (2.1 km)
Turns 10
Lap record 1m05.964s (Price Cobb, March 78B - Ford, 1978, Formula Atlantic)

Race Hamilton was a 1978 auto race held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada featuring a round of the Formula Atlantic Labatt Championship Series. The event featured future driving stars Bobby Rahal, Keke Rosberg and Danny Sullivan competing for $10,000 in first-place prize money.[1]

The race took place on August 7 on a 2.092 km (1.30 miles), 10 turn temporary street circuit in downtown Hamilton with the start/finish line located between the Hamilton City Hall and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.[2]

The race attracted an estimated 60,000 fans, half of those watched for free from the roofs of surrounding buildings and by breaking down barriers.[3] After a five hour delay due to insurance issues with the safety barriers around the course, only 39 of the scheduled 73 laps took place due to darkness. Only 16 of the 29 cars entered, completed the race.[4]

Race results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time Speed
1 4 Sweden Keke Rosberg Excita/Fred Opert Racing Chevron B45 - Ford 39 47m 24.585s 68.113 mph
2 22 United States Price Cobb Ecurie Canada March 78B - Ford 39 47m 25.208s 68.098 mph
3 2 United States Bobby Rahal Pierre's Motor Racing Ralt RT1 - Ford 39 67.704 mph

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Zimmermann, John (1998). A Quarter Century on the Road to Stardom (The Atlantic Championship Series). USDC Publishing. pp. 28–32. ISBN 9782930120232. 
  2. ^ "Hamilton Street Circuit (1978)". theracingline.net. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Miller, Tim (Jan 2, 2011). "Hamilton loved 1978 Formula race, but financially it failed". The Hamilton Spectator. Hamilton: Metroland Media Group. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Formula Atlantic – in Hamilton". Henleys Hamilton 1. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race - Hamilton, 7 Aug 1978". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "1978 CASC/SCCA Labatt Challenge Series". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  7. ^ "1978 CASC Formula Atlantic Labatt Championship Series". autocourse.ca. Retrieved 25 November 2013.