It was Jackie Ickx's turn in the Haas Racing Lola T333CS and again the title easily fell to the Chicago team. Keke Rosberg joined Elliot Forbes-Robinson in the revamped Spyders and took eight pole positions but poor reliability and several accidents meant he only won two races. Bobby Rahal had half a season in the revised Prophet and won at Laguna Seca and took pole at Trois-Rivières. The other race was won by Alan Jones at Mid-Ohio, standing in for Ickx in the Haas car. There was certainly no lack of world-class driving talent in Can-Am by 1979!
Al Holbert was driving the Hogan team's newly-constructed HR-001 but this was neither quite quick enough nor reliable enough. Geoff Lees took over the pair of VDS Lola T333s and a modified version of one of these was enough for three podium finishes.
The SCCA had a separate championship for 2-litre cars in 1979, the first time such a separation appears in official records; won by Tim Evans in his seven-year-old Lola T290.
06 May 1979 > Road Atlanta
19 May 1979 > Charlotte
03 Jun 1979 > Mosport Park
10 Jun 1979 > Mid-Ohio
08 Jul 1979 > Watkins Glen
22 Jul 1979 > Road America
19 Aug 1979 > Brainerd
02 Sep 1979 > Grand Prix de Trois-Rivičres
14 Oct 1979 > Laguna Seca
28 Oct 1979 > Riverside
1979 Can-Am Championship table
|1||Jacky Ickx||Lola T333CS||51 pts||5 wins|
|2||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Spyder NF-11||45 pts||1 win|
|3||Geoff Lees||Lola||32 pts|
|4||Keke Rosberg||Spyder NF-11||29 pts||2 wins|
|5||Bobby Rahal||Prophet||25 pts||1 win|