it started raining, and Cannon had been the Firestone rain tire test driver.
He went out and ran laps two to four seconds faster than Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren, in a used up old race car, vs their state of the art new great machines.
He started out the backmarker in 15th position, and was in 8th place by the end of the 1st lap, and was in 1st place on the 6th lap.
By the 20th lap, he’d LAPPED that entire field up to 8th place.
People said they could see Dan Gurney’s shocked face through his helmet visor when he was passed by Cannon.
Cannon won, a lap ahead of Hulme, the winningest Can AM racer. It’s one of the greatest upsets in racing history
(Cannon was the USRRC driver for Nickey Chevrolet and the Vinegaroon in the first Can Am race at St Jovite)