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.
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 Motor Racing Circuit
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).
1986 Can-Am Championship table
|1||Horst Kroll||Frissbee-Lola KR3 - Chevrolet V8||64 pts||1 win|
|2||Bill Tempero||March - Chevrolet V8||53 pts||1 win|
|3||Mauro Lanaro||March 74B/77B - Ford 4||35 pts|
|4||Jeremy Hill||Photon JH2 - Hart 420R||33 pts|
|5||Lou Sell||March 85C - Chevrolet V8||29 pts||1 win|
|6||Dennis Ehrie||Wise (Brabham BT40) - Mazda||27 pts|
|7||Seann Burgess||March RX10-B - Mazda 13B twin rotor||24 pts|
|8=||John Macaluso||Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8||20 pts|
|8=||Paul Tracy||Frissbee-Lola KR4 - Chevrolet V8||20 pts||1 win|
|8=||Al Lamb||Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8||20 pts|
While the Can-Am points table shown in On Tracks's Can-Am review (22 Dec 1986 pp80-81) is exactly what would be expected from the 20-16-14 points system then in force, the CAT table shows extra points for Kroll (5), Sell (1) and Lamb (1). This suggests a point was being added for pole again, as in the CAT-administered 1985 Can-Am series but that only explains two of Kroll's extra points, not the other three. It may simply be a typo. The table here includes the unexplained extra three points.
1986 CAT Gold Cup Challenge table
|1||Horst Kroll||Frissbee-Lola KR3 - Chevrolet V8||79 pts||1 win|
|2||Bill Tempero||March - Chevrolet V8||69 pts||1 win|
|3=||Al Lamb||Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8||41 pts||1 win|
|3=||Lou Sell||March 85C - Chevrolet V8||41 pts||1 win|
|5||Mauro Lanaro||March 74B/77B - Ford 4||39 pts|
|6||Jeremy Hill||Photon JH2 - Hart 420R||33 pts|
|7=||Seann Burgess||March RX10-B - Mazda 13B twin rotor||27 pts|
|7=||Dennis Ehrie||Wise (Brabham BT40) - Mazda||27 pts|
|9=||Paul Tracy||Frissbee-Lola KR4 - Chevrolet V8||20 pts||1 win|
|9=||John Macaluso||Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8||20 pts|
CAT also recognised a 2-litre championship which was won by a 12-year-old Formula Atlantic March.
1986 Can-Am 2-Liter Championship table
|1||Mauro Lanaro||March 74B/77B - Ford 4||44 pts|
|2||Dennis Ehrie||Wise (Brabham BT40) - Mazda||39 pts|
|3||Randy Zimmer||Rondel M1 - Mazda||33 pts|
|4||Seann Burgess||March RX10-B - Mazda 13B twin rotor||32 pts|
|5||Jeremy Hill||Photon JH2 - Hart 420R||30 pts|