at this point in mid-December, you’re looking at
running on your own dime, starting in February or March?
Cannon: Yeah, we’re
going to have to unless we find some help. And we don’t
have to have a major sponsor, even though that’s what
we’d like. I’d be happy to settle for two or
three small ones, or I’d even settle for an investor
who wanted to come in for two or three races, just to see
how things go. That would be the least desirable scenario
I’d want to see, but it’s not like I have to
meet a big payroll or get a big check out of it because I’ve
got other things going. We already own all the cars, trucks,
trailers, all that stuff is bought and paid for, but it sure
would be nice just to have enough to run the car. We don’t
have a big mortgage payment, we don’t have a big payroll,
there’s nothing on the car that Scott can’t do,
including building the motors, putting the rear-end together,
he can do it all. If we don’t find a sponsor it’s
going to mean a lot of burning the midnight oil between me
and him and not getting paid for it, but surely in the long
run it will pay off because that’s what got me where
I was before I went running the fuel stuff.
happened to your Oakley deal?
Cannon: I had a good deal
going, but I don’t know, maybe I didn’t do so
well this year and they decided to step out and not fund
the car. But we still have a good relationship with those
guys. We still have an apparel deal and we’re still
tied in with Oakley; it’s just not in financially backing
this car. That’s about all I can say on that point.
the car and the tune-up came back to you toward the end of
the year, but what about your new driver? What do you think
of Scott’s progression? How many laps has he made so
Cannon Jr.: Probably no
more than 30.
Cannon: We went to Houston
the first of the year when I was driving it and stayed on
Monday to get his license. You have to make eight runs total,
a couple of little squirts and going faster, and he made
the runs and got the license. It was no runs aborted, no
mishaps with him or the car, and we loaded up and left with
him and his license.
his famous father calling the shots (behind car, pointing),
played a pivotal role in securing the team win
for the NHRA AMS
All-Stars at last year’s inaugural
Dragstock at Carolina Dragway.
you surprised or just pleased that he did so well right off
Cannon: I was pleased for
sure, but surprised? Not really. You know, he drove the fuel
car and made all the passes except one for his license there,
so it wasn’t like he hadn’t gone fast before.
It was 2000 or 2001 and Oakley was thinking about having
a two-car team, but then chose not to do it, so we didn’t
spend any more money on getting his license because you know
how expensive it is to run those things. After him driving
it and riding an outlaw motorcycle back home, I wasn’t
worried about him.
Scott, what was it like the first time you drove your dad’s
Pro Mod after having watched him race all these years?
Cannon Jr.: I didn’t
think we’d do as good as we did. (Cannon: He
didn’t believe I could tune it.) Even though I drove
the fuel car and the bikes I’ve always liked Pro Mod
the best. The fuel car you had to jerk it around and the
Pro Mod car you kind of have to finesse it a little more.
You can’t get too rough with it or you’re more
likely to end up on its top.