COLUMBUS, IND. - After a stellar debut outing that included a preliminary feature win and a podium finish in the Chili Bowl Nationals finale, 17-year old Cannon Mcintosh has earned a full-time ride with Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports. Piloting the No. 71K Bullet/Toyota entry, the Bixby, Okla. native will follow the USAC National Midget Series and the POWRi National Midget League in 2020.
"Cannon blew us away with his performance at Chili Bowl, so bringing him on full-time was a no-brainer for us," said Kunz. "This kid has all the intangibles inside the cockpit and most importantly he's got the mental aspect of the sport down. I'm excited to take him to a lot of new tracks this year and see what he can show us. He's got the potential, it's just about executing night-in and night-out."
Making the most of his maiden opportunity with KKM, Mcintosh drove it to victory lane on the biggest stage imaginable within hours of climbing into the car for the first time ever. He swept his preliminary night on Monday by winning his heat, qualifier and feature over a stout field of midget racing’s best, and then followed that with a third-place effort in Saturday's finale. Finishing only behind KKM developed drivers, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, Mcintosh became the youngest podium finisher in the 34-year history of the Chili Bowl.
"This opportunity means the world to me and my family," stated Mcintosh. "Chasing a title with a team like KKM and Toyota is a dream come true for a kid like me. I can't thank my dad and Cody Cordell enough for everything they have done for me. It's bittersweet leaving my dad's team (Dave Mac Motorsports), but this was our goal all along and to reach it with the help of Toyota is huge for us. I can't wait to get started in Florida; this is gonna be a fun year."
Joining Buddy Kofoid and Daison Pursley on the full-time roster, Mcintosh will drive a Toyota powered Bullet No. 71K in 2020 for Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports. He'll chase a championship in both the USAC National Midget Series and the POWRi National Midget League. It all begins on February 7-8 when the trail begins in Ocala, Fla. with a USAC doubleheader at Bubba Raceway Park.
-Keith Kunz Motorsports Press Release
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