BIXBY, Okla. — Cannon McIntosh will pilot the Daigh-Phillips Motorsports No. 71p sprint car on a limited basis this season, adding to an already-busy season for the Oklahoma teenager.
McIntosh, 18, is scheduled to debut for the Steve and Carla Phillips-led operation during the Kokomo Grand Prix doubleheader at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on April 30 and May 1.
The event will feature both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series, where McIntosh will wheel his family-owned Dave Mac Motorsports midget, as well as a companion sprint car event.
Beyond Kokomo, the Daigh-Phillips team plans to compete in high-profile USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series events with McIntosh, including select Indiana Sprint Week shows and Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo.
McIntosh has only run one 410 sprint car race in his career, though, he does have limited experience driving a winged sprint cars with his family race team.
“It’s going to be a whole new experience for me, but I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” said McIntosh. “They reached out to my racing page and Carla (Phillips) and I started talking about this year and it just grew into them wanting to have me in the car when I could be around my midget commitments. I told them I was interested and I felt like it would be a great opportunity for me to capitalize on.
“Everything just worked out to make this happen and I’m pretty excited for the opportunity, largely because I haven’t gotten to run many sprint car races to this point,” McIntosh added. “For me, I feel like it’s a positive step in my career. It’s definitely a good opportunity for me and I’m just thankful to have good people like that behind me.”
McIntosh is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals and will kick off the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series season at Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 5-6.
His sprint car experience is limited to a handful of starts from 2018-’20 across the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, the Midwest Open Wheel Ass’n and the ASCS Mid-South and ASCS Sooner Regions.
McIntosh is eager to grow with the help of the Phillips, who have had veterans like Dave Darland and Jason McDougal behind the wheel of their sprint car in the past.
“I’ve run a few winged races, but only done one 410 race in my career. It’s definitely a whole different deal,” McIntosh noted. “Being in a non-winged sprint car, there’s nothing that handles quite like it. That’ll be new for me and pose some different challenges, but it’s just another thing to learn.
“There are many people who say if you can drive a midget, you can drive anything, so I’m going to take that for what it’s worth and try and prove it right,” he continued. “There are some big races on the schedule that Carla sent me that are a little nerve-wracking, but it’s a good opportunity and a way for me to showcase myself in something else other than a midget. I don’t think we’re going to be killer right off the bat — if we are, that’s even better — but we’ll learn a little bit in the beginning and I think we’ll just get better and better as we go along.
“It’ll be fun, I do know that much.”
As for what race he’s most looking forward to in the sprint car this year, McIntosh was quick to respond.
“I’ve never been to Eldora and there are plans for two Eldora races on the calendar we put together, so I’m hoping we can make those happen,” McIntosh noted. “It’s not a sure thing, but the possibility of doing those has me excited.”