Vito Witting da Prato says in his mostly OK book Alfa Romeo TZ-TZ 2: Born To Win that the TZ was not raced in the United States (sidebar page, 77). This is not correct.
The TZ was approved in 1964 for both the SCCA's USRRC U2L class and C Production. The one in these pictures was the only TZ campaigned in the States in 1964 and 1965. da Pratto is correct when he says that the TZ was expensive for its class (think: Lotus Elan). Also, Alfa wanted to sell TZ's to competitors who had a good chance of advancing "brand image" in the States. TZ's weren't available to someone who wanted to take a flyer at CP in the SCCA's amateur division.
Alfa leaned on, or finessed, the SCCA into approving the TZ as a production car (which was, at best, a reach). The car featured in this post was sold at a "friendly" price to Chuck Stoddard, a driver with a winning record in Giuliettas in GP and DP, with the understanding that it would be campaigned in the USRRC manufacturer's championship in 1964. In 1966 and later, a few TZ's (including this one) found their way into the CP class in the SCCA's amateur division.
Here is Stoddard's record with his TZ:
1964: 4th in SCCA Manufacturer's Championship (USRRC) and Central Division C Production Champion.
Sebring: 1st, GT 1600 class (13th overall), with Jim Kaser. Chassis 750052 (factory car, entered by Scuderia Sant' Ambroeus). FIA race.
SCCA National, Mid-Ohio: 2nd, C Production (I crewed for Stoddard at this race; won by a Porsche 904. It was a shakedown for the USRRC events.)
USRRC Watkins Glen: 1st, GT 2 (6th overall)
USRRC Greenwood Raceway: (Indianola, IA): 3rd, GT 2 (15th overall)
USRRC Mid-Ohio: 3rd, GT2 (8th overall)
USRRC Meadowdale (IL): 1st, GT 2 (6th overall)
|Meadowdale, 1964, I believe (this looks like "Serpentine").|
USRRC Road America 500: 1st, GT 2, (8th overall, drove solo in the Road America 500)
Stoddard scored 35 points for Alfa Romeo to take 4th in the Manufacturers' Championship of the USRRC. He towed to 5 races only in the midwest. Shelby American's Cobras scored 72 points (contesting all races), Porsche scored 52 points in 7 races (with various 904's), and Ford of England scored 45 points in 9 races (with a two-car factory team of Lotus Cortinas, one of which was often driven by Sir John Whitmore).
1965: National Champion, Central Division, C Production
Sebring: DNF, accident (factory car, not the one pictured here). FIA race.
Meadowdale (SCCA National): 2nd in C & D Production race
Road America June Sprints (SCCA National): 82.7 m.p.h. (no finishing position listed)
USRRC Road America 500: 1st, GT 2 (15th overall)
|Road America 500, 1965.|
Indianapolis Raceway Park (SCCA National): 2nd, C Production
Daytona Beach (SCCA Runoffs): 4th, C Production (This was the first year of the Runoffs; it was possible to be one of several National Champions, by Region, as it had been in previous years. In later years, a driver's finishing position in the Runoffs determined his national class championship rank.)
NOTE: Many thanks to Bill Green of the International Motor Racing Research Library in Watkins Glen, NY, for compiling Stoddard's racing record for me in 2007. Bill's sources were periodicals from the 1950's and 1960's, principally the SCCA's magazine Sport Car.