John Cannon

Born:
21st June 1933
Hammersmith, London (GB)
Died:
18th October 1999 (Aged 66)
Quemado, New Mexico (USA), airplane accident
Nationality:
Canadian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

John Cannon made his name racing in the Can-Am Challenge and Formula 5000 before starting one Grand Prix for BRM. He began racing an Elva Courier sports car in California during 1960 and he later entered a Genie-Oldsmobile in partnership with actor Dan Blocker – best known for his role in the long-running television western Bonanza.

Can-Am, Indycars and F5000 in North America

Increasingly prominent in North American sports cars as the decade unfolded, Cannon acquired a McLaren M1B-Chevrolet which he raced in the new Can-Am series – finishing fourth at St Jovite in the very first such race held in 1966. Despite his car now being outdated, Cannon scored a surprise victory at a wet Laguna Seca in 1968, coming from 15th on the grid to lap the field thanks to the judicious choice of intermediate Firestone tyres.

An Indycar debut that year included finishing second at St Jovite with a Bryant Vollstedt-Ford. Alongside such occasional outings and his Can-Am career, Cannon drove an Eagle in the SCCA’s Formula A series from 1969, later known as F5000. Fourth overall in 1969, Cannon clinched the following year’s title in Carl Hogan’s McLaren M10B-Chevrolet.

Brief European foray and grand Prix debut

Cannon moved to Europe in 1971 and drove a private March 712M-Ford in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Fourth at Járama was his best result and he made his GP debut at the end of the year – his works BRM P153 finishing 14th at Watkins Glen.

But his future was not in the top echelons of the sport. Cannon continued racing in F5000 (including a couple of British outings during 1972), Can-Am and Indycars into the middle of the decade before deciding to retire. He was killed in 1999 when the light aircraft he had built crashed into a New Mexico cornfield.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1977 World Championship of Makes 1 0 0 0 0
1976 ShellSport Group 8 European Championship
Richard Oaten Racing
3 (1) 1 0 0
0% win rate
26th 10
1976 SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship
John Cannon
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
14th 8
1975 SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship
Anglo American Racing
8 0 0 0
0% win rate
12th 13
1974 USAC National Championship
Pat O'Reilly
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
37th 10
1974 SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship
John Cannon
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1973 USAC National Championship
Webster Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
31st 30
1972 Rothmans European F5000 Championship 6 1 2 0
0% win rate
9th 15
1972 SCCA L&M Continental F5000 Championship
Cannon Racing Team
Sid Taylor Racing
5 (1) 1 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 7
1971 SCCA L&M Continental F5000 Championship
John Cannon
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1971 European F2 Trophy
John Cannon
6 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 4
1971 Tasman Championship
Hogan Racing
STP Corporation
6 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
9th 4
1971 F1 World Championship
Yardley Team BRM
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1970 USAC National Championship
Vollstedt Enterprises
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1970 SCCA Formula A Continental Championship
Hogan-Starr Racing
12 1 7 3
25% win rate
1st 129
1969 USAC National Championship
Vollstedt Enterprises
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
40th 130
1969 SCCA Formula A Continental Championship
Starr Racing
12 (1) 2 3 3
25% win rate
4th 31
1968 USAC National Championship
Vollstedt Enterprises
Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing
6 0 1 0
0% win rate
27th 505
1968 Can-Am Challenge
Continental Accessories
1 0 1 1 0
1964 International Championship of Makes
Ulf Norinder
1 0 0 0 2