Can-Am became a little more competitive in 1978 with the emergence of U.S. Racing's Prophet and the Newman-Freeman Racing team's Spyder, both highly professional conversions of the ageing Lola T332 design.
Alan Jones had taken over the Haas car and was dominant, starting from pole at all nine races he attended and winning five races. Lola customers took the next championship places, Warwick Brown in the VDS Lola and Al Holbert in the Hogan car, but Elliot Forbes-Robinson won two races in the Spyder and George Follmer won one in the Prophet. The veteran Follmer even took pole at Laguna Seca, the one race Jones didn't attend, but crashed and could not start the race. These five were well ahead of the rest but John Morton's progress with an increasingly modified Lola T333 warranted some attention.
Much was expected of Shadow's DN10, a conversion of a F1 car, but it was entirely uncompetitive. Vern Schuppan's Elfin also disappointed.
14 May 1978 > Road Atlanta
27 May 1978 > Charlotte
11 Jun 1978 > Mid-Ohio
25 Jun 1978 > Mont-Tremblant
09 Jul 1978 > Watkins Glen
23 Jul 1978 > Road America
20 Aug 1978 > Mosport Park
03 Sep 1978 > Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières
08 Oct 1978 > Laguna Seca
15 Oct 1978 > Riverside
1978 Can-Am Championship table
|1||Alan Jones||Lola T333CS||2712 pts||5 wins|
|2||Warwick Brown||Lola T333CS||2548 pts||1 win|
|3||Al Holbert||Lola T333||1674 pts||1 win|
|4||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Spyder NF-10||1537 pts||2 wins|
|5||George Follmer||Prophet||1088 pts||1 win|
|6||John Gunn||"GG4" (Lola T332)||700 pts|
|7||Michael L. Allen||Lola T332CS||596 pts|
|8||Rocky Moran||Lola T333||460 pts|
|9||Bill Tempero||Chevron B78C||375 pts|
|10||Vern Schuppan||Elfin MR8A||302 pts|