The car on the small trailer is a Lola T-292. For the season ending Runoffs in 1972 Hansen bought the Lola T-310 with which David Hobbs labored mightily in that year's Can Am. Jerry drove what he considers to be his best race ever, surprisingly in the T-310, winning the Runoffs in a great battle with Milt Minter who drove a turbo Porsche 917-10. But, Hansen realized quickly what Hobbs knew, that the car was a dog, so he sold it. Since he had already sold his Lola T-220 to Dan Kampo, he was in need of a car for 1973. At this time there was some sniping going on, with people knocking Jerry for always winning by buying the latest cars with the biggest engines. So, Jerry decided to show 'em. He bought a Lola T-292, a two liter car, and used that for the next two years. The wins did not stop! Hansen won a goodly number of events in those years, using the two liter Lola to beat the big iron. Both years he also won the Runoffs in Class B Sports Racing in this car.
Originally posted by Jerry Entin
Jerry Hansen's team in 1974. The car on the truck was the ex Haas/Hall T-330 Lola. This picture was sent to fellow forum member Wolfgang Klopfer by former Hansen helper Bill Peters.
above photo lent site Wolfgang Klopfer collection.
I spoke at length with Jerry today, and he reiterated what I said in an earlier post. That is, he did not really care to turn pro. He ran the occasional pro race, and won the occasional pro race, but he did not want to do it full time, which is what it would have taken. Having said that, Jerry expressed one small regret: he ran the ex-Haas/Hall/Redman Lola T-330 from the end of 1973 through 1977, but now wishes that he would have bought a new T-332 and run it in a few races in the last year of the F-5000 series in the US, 1976. He says that he would have been most interested to see how he could do against the stars who ran that year, Redman, Unser, Ongais, Jones, Oliver. He really wishes he could have done that.
Overall, Jerry said that his 26 years of racing were "great fun, just great fun. I had such a wonderful time". Hard to argue with that.