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Lou Sell in the ex-CART March 85C at Mosport Park in 1986.  Copyright Terry Capps 2013.  Used with permission.

Can-Am 1986

After two seasons of precipitous decline, the SCCA moved in to take over control of Can-Am for 1986. Relationships with the remaining competitors quickly soured and, in July,the SCCA announced they were folding the series after that season. Only four races were held and Horst Kroll, the Canadian champion back in 1968, took the title.

After the SCCA took back control of the series, the Can-Am Teams (CAT) declared their independence and devised a championship that included the four existing Can-Am races plus an extra race at Hallet, Oklahoma, in October.

The races

01 Jun 1986 > Mosport Park

05 Jul 1986 > Summit Point

03 Aug 1986 > St Louis International Raceway

14 Sep 1986 > Mosport Park

25 Oct 1986 > Hallett

The main innovation of 1986, championed by Bill Tempero, was the introduction of a new class for second-hand CART chassis with 6-litre engines. CAT continued for a further season using a mix of these rebodied ex-Indycars and older Can-Am machinery. After 1987, Tempero led off the ex-Indycar drivers into his American Indycar Series (AIS).

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