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THE LOLA T163

The T163 was the third design in the T160 family and, in what was becoming a regular pattern with Lola, it wasn't delivered to customers until the third round of the 1969 Can-Am series immediately putting everybody on the back foot. It was tested with a high rear wing but many of the teams (see pictures below) opted for large air dams on the rear of the bodywork. The body was similar to that used on the T162 and some changes were made to the suspension etc.

The chassis supplied to Penske for Mark Donohue (SL 176/13) was, at the request of Roger Penske and against Eric Broadley’s advice, a “lightweight” version. It was skinned in 20-gauge aluminium instead of the usual 16 or 18 gauge and other lightweight materials were also employed. In spite of additional bracing being applied to the tub it flexed badly and in testing and it’s only Can-Am race it regularly broke its driveshafts, in Donohue’s opinion a result of the flexing.

It proved a competitive proposition, provided you ignored the usual works McLaren domination and Chuck Parsons in particular had some good runs with two thirds the highlights and he finished the year in 3rd in the Championship behind Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme. The design proved popular with customers, scoring numerous top ten finishes and being surprisingly long-lived still racing in the 1974 Championship.

N.B. The last two races of the 1969 Can-Am season saw Carl Haas enter a "T163B" for Chuck Parsons, this was in fact the one-off T164.

T163 RESULTS


1969 Canadian-American Challenge Cup

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
13th JulyRound 3 - Six-Hours and The Glen Can-Am "200", Watkins Glen Grand Prix CourseCarl A. Haas Racing Team
Jefferies-Robbins Racing Team
Chuck Parsons
Ronnie Bucknum
5th
DNF
27th JulyRound 4 - Klondike 200, Edmonton, Speedway ParkCarl A. Haas Racing TeamChuck ParsonsDNF
17th AugustRound 5 - Buckeye Can-Am, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, LexingtonRobbins-Jefferies Racing Team
Wilson Racing
Carl A. Haas Racing Team
Roger S.Penske
Peter Revson
Gary Wilson
Chuck Parsons
Mark Donohue
7th
10thDNF
DNF
31st AugustRound 6 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WisconsinCarl A. Haas Racing Team
Robbins-Jefferies Racing Team
Wilson Racing
Chuck Parsons
Peter Revson
Gary Wilson
3rd
4th
DNF
14th SeptemberRound 7 - Inver House Can-Am, Bridgehapmton Race CircuitCarl A. Haas Racing Team
Robbins-Jefferies Racing Team<
Chuck Parsons
Peter Revson
7th
DNF
28th SeptemberRound 8 - Michigan International Can-Am, Michigan International SpeedwayCarl A. Haas Racing Team
Wilson Racing
Robbins-Jefferies Racing Team<
Chuck Parsons
Gary Wilson
Peter Revson
6th
DNF
DNF
12th OctoberRound 9 - Monterey-Castrol GP, Laguna Seca RacewayCarl A. Haas Racing Team
Robbins-Jefferies Racing Team
Wilson Racing
Chuck Parsons
Peter Revson
Gary Wilson
3rd
DNF
DNF
26th OctoberRound 10 - 12th Annual Los Angeles Times Grand Prix, Riverside International RacewayRobbins-Jefferies Racing Team
Wilson Racing
Peter Revson
Gary Wilson
5th
6th
9th NovemberRound 11 - Texas International Can-Am Round-Up, Texas International SpeedwayWilson Racing
Robbins-Jefferies Racing Team
Gary Wilson
Peter Revson
12th
DNF

1970 Canadian-American Challenge Cup

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
14th JuneRound 1 - Labatt's Blue Trophy, Mosport ParkDavid F. Causey
Racing Associates Inc.
M. Brooke Doran
Wilson Racing
Eno de Pasquale
Dave Causey
Dick Durant
Brooke Doran
Gary Wilson
Eno de Pasquale
7th
8th
9th
12th
DNF
28th JuneRound 2 - Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, St. JoviteWilson Racing
David F. Causey
Chuck Parsons
Dave Causey
8th
9th
13th JulyRound 3 - Six-Hours and The Glen Can-Am, Watkins Glen Grand Prix CourseDavid F. Causey
Wilson Racing
EDP Engineering, Inc.
M. B. Doran
Dave Causey
Gary Wilson
Eno de Pasquale
Brooke Doran
13th
15th
21st
DNF
26th JulyRound 4 - Klondike 200 Can-Am For The Molson Gold Brick, Edmonton International SpeedwayDavid F. Causey
Wilson Racing
Dave Causey
Gary Wilson
5th
6th
23rd AugustRound 5 - Buckeye Can-Am, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, LexingtonWilson Racing
Racing Associates Inc.
David F. Causey
Gary Wilson
Dick Durant
Dave Causey
5th
7th
DNF
30th AugustRound 6 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WisconsinDavid F. Causey
Wilson Racing
Racing Associates Inc.
Dave Causey
Gary Wilson
Dick Durant
3rd
4th
9th
13th SeptemberRound 7 - Road Atlanta Can-Am, Road Atlanta CircuitDavid F. Causey
Racing Associates Inc.
Eno de Pasquale
Wilson Racing
Dave Causey
Dick Durant
Eno de Pasquale
Gary Wilson
2nd
8th
DNF
DNF
27th SeptemberRound 8 - Can-Am Minneapolis Tribune, Donnybrooke David F. Causey
Racing Associates Inc.
Eno de Pasquale
Wilson Racing
Dave Causey
Dick Durant
Bob Brown
Gary Wilson
8th
DNF
DNF
DNF
18th OctoberRound 9 - Monterey Castrol Grand Prix, Laguna Seca RacewayDavid F. Causey
Wilson Racing
Racing Associates Inc.
Dave Causey
Gary Wilson
Dick Durant
8th
9th
15th
1st NovemberRound 10 - 13th Annual Los Angeles Times Grand Prix, Riverside International RacewayDavid F. Causey
Wilson Racing
Dave Causey
Gary Wilson
8th
DNS


1970 Other significant race results

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
4th OctoberSCCA National Races, Non-spectator Event, Indianapolis Raceway Park Steve Weaver1st

1971 Canadian-American Challenge Cup

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
13th JuneRound 1 - Labatt's Blue Trophy, Mosport ParkRacing Associates Inc.Dick DurantDNF
27th JuneRound 2 - Labatt Can-Am, Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, St. JoviteRacing Associates Inc.Dick Durant10th
11th JulyRound 3 - Road Atlanta, Atlanta Circuit Georgia, GainesvilleRacing Associates Inc.Dick Durant6th
22nd AugustRound 5 - Valvoline - Can-Am, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, LexingtonJim Butcher
Racing Associates Inc.
Jim Butcher
Dick Durant
10th
12th
30th AugustRound 6 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WisconsinJim Butcher
Racing Associates Inc.
Jim Butcher
Dick Durant
11th
DNS
12th SeptemberRound 7 - Minneapolis Tribune Can-Am, Donnybrooke, BrainerdRacing Associates Inc.Jim ButcherDNF
26th SeptemberRound 8 - Molson Can-Am, EdmontonRacing Associates Inc.
W. R. Cupp
Jim Butcher
Bill Cupp
14th
DNF
17th OctoberRound 9 - Monterey Castrol Grand Prix (Can-Am Race), Laguna Seca RacewayTool Crib Inc.Bill CuppDNF
31st OctoberRound 10 - 14th Annual Los Angeles Times Grand Prix, Riverside International RacewayWilliam R. Cupp
Jim Butcher
Bill Cupp
Jim Butcher
DNF
DNF

1972 Canadian-American Challenge Cup

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
11th JuneRound 1 - Labatt's Blue Trophy, Mosport ParkJim Butcher Racing
Racing Associates Inc.
William Overhauser Racing Ltd.
Jim Butcher
Dick Durant
John Cordts
12th
14th
DNF
23rd JuneRound 4 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, LexingtonJim Butcher Racing
Racing Associates Inc.
Jim Butcher
Dick Durant
15th
DNF
27th AugustRound 5 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WisconsinRacing Associates Inc.
Jim Butcher Racing
Dick Durant
Jim Butcher
DNF
DNF
17th SeptemberRound 6 - Donnybrooke, BrainerdJim Butcher RacingJim ButcherDNF
1st OctoberRound 7 - Can-Am Challenge Race for the Molson Cup, Edmonton International SpeedwayJim Butcher RacingJim Butcher14th
15th OctoberRound 8 - Monterey Castrol GTX Grand Prix, Laguna Seca RacewayRon GrableRon GrableDNF
29th OctoberRound 9 - 15th Annual Los Angeles Times Grand Prix, Riverside International RacewayWm. Overhauser RacingRon GrableDNF

1973 Canadian-American Challenge Cup

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
10th JuneRound 1 - Labatt's Blue Trophy, Mosport Park 
R. D. Klempel
Dick Durant
Bob Klempel
17th
DNS
14th OctoberRound 7 - Monterey Castrol Grand Prix, Laguna Seca RacewayCharles P. SempleTony SettemberDNF
28th OctoberRound 8 - 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Grand Prix, Riverside International RacewayCharles P. SempleBob KlempelDNF


1974 Canadian-American Challenge Cup

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
16th JuneRound 1 - Labatt's Blue Can-Am Weekend (Mosport 200), MosportR. D. KlempelBob Klempel13th
7th JulyRound 2 - WQXI Can-Am, Road AtlantaWilliam Morrow
Bob Klempel
Bill Morrow
Bob Klempel
10th
15th
25th AugustRound 5 - Road America, Elkhart LakeR. D. Klempel
William H. Morrow
Bob Klempel
Bill Morrow
12th
DNS
Year(s) of Construction: 1970

Total Built: 3

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