My Formula 5000
Richard Shirey will be a rookie on the professional Formula 5000
Championship circuit in 1976 but his impressive racing record
experience could well make him a strong contender for top honors.
Shirey, with degrees in engineering and management, began his
racing endeavors in 1970 driving Formula F open-wheel cars in SCCA
Regional competition. Moving up to National Championship road racing
in the same class, he placed second in the 1974 Southern Pacific
Division points and won the title in 1975. During those two years of
National competition, Shirey started 25 races, won 10 and finished in
the top four 19 times. In 1975, he not only competed in Formula F but
also drove an ASTECH D sports racing car in which he established
new circuit records in five of the seven races entered. At the year-end
1975 National Championship-deciding Champion Spark Plug Road
Racing Classic, Shirey captured the D sports racing runner-up spot,
second to veteran driver Kendall Noah. For his outstanding year-long
record, Shirey was presented the California Sports Car Club Region,
SCCA, Competition Driver of the Year award. While his Team A D Lola
332C, powered by Louie Unser-built Chevrolet engines, was being
prepared for the 1976 season. Shirey sharpened his skills by driving
the D sports car in five early 1976 events, capturing four wins with a
second and breaking the circuit speed record in each of the five
Lola T332
Lola T332
Richard Shirey