With the introduction of the Can-Am racing series in 1966, New Zealander, Bruce McLaren, made the decision to enter the competition. Their first Can-Am racer was the McLaren M1B which had a tubular frame and powered by an Oldsmobile engine. For 1967, Team McLaren created the M6A and chose a Chevrolet 6-liter V8 as its source of power. With Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme in the drivers position, the McLaren cars would dominate the CanAm series for the next five years. Privateers also raced McLaren vehicles during this time but they were at a disadvantage as the team sold their used cars at the end of the season.

In 1969 the Can-Am series was now comprised of eleven races. Team McLaren won every race. Denny accounted for five of those wins while Bruce won the other six races and the championship.

For the 1970 season, team McLaren experienced the ultimate tragedy as Bruce McLaren was killed while testing the M8D at Goodwood in England. The team picked up Dan Gurney as the second driver who raced for the team for a short while before being replaced with Peter Gethin. Gurney was replaced due to sponsorship conflicts. The 1970 season was another impressive year for McLaren competition as they won 10 out of the 11 races. Their only loss came at Road Atlanta which had ended the teams 19 Can-Am race winning streak which had transpired over three seasons.

The McLaren M12's were customer cars in 1969 and comprised of a M8A body ontop of a M6B chassis. Famous race car driver, Jim Hall of Chaparral fame, purchased a M12 for use in the 1969 Can-Am Series. The drivers of this car were John Surtees, Andrea DeAdamich, Jerry Titus, Peter Revson and David Hobbs. The vehicles best finish was at the Mosport Can-Am race where it finished in third place.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2008

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1969 Can-Am Drivers Championship
PosDriverTeamCarEnginePoints
1  Bruce Leslie McLaren Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M8B Chevrolet   Chevrolet   165 
2  Denis Clive 'Denny' Hulme Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M8B Chevrolet   Chevrolet   160 
3  Chuck Parsons Carl Haas Racing Lola T162   Chevrolet   85 
4  Joseph Siffert    56 
5  George Ross Eaton    52 
6  Christopher Arthur Amon    39 
7  Lothar Motschenbacher Dana Chevrolet Racing McLaren M12   Oldsmobile  Chevrolet  Ford   35 
8  Tony Dean    34 
9  John Surtees Chaparral Cars, Midland Texas McLaren M12   Chevrolet   30 
10  John Cordts    24 
11  Daniel Sexton Gurney All American Racers McLaren M6B   Ford   22 
11  Mario Gabriele Andretti    22 
13  Peter Jeffrey Revson Agapiou Brothers Ford G7A   Ford  Chevrolet   22 
14  Dick Brown Ecurie Greene Inc McLaren M6B   Ford  Chevrolet   13 
15  David Brabham    12 
16  Pedro Rodríguez    
16  Tom Dutton    
18  Leonard Janke    
19  Andrea Lodovico de Adamich    
20  Jacques Couture Ecurie Soucy McLaren M1B   Chevrolet   
21  Kris Harrison    
22  Gary Wilson    
23  Oscar Koveleski Auto-World, Inc. McLaren M6B   Chevrolet   
24  Fred Baker    
25  David Causey    
26  Richard Galloway    
27  Joakim 'Jo' Bonnier    
28  Joe Leonard Salyer Racing McKee Mk.10 Oldsmobile Turbocharged   Oldsmobile   
28  Georges-Francis 'Johnny' Servoz-Gavin    
30  Roger McCaig    
31  Brooke Doran    
32  David Wishart Hobbs    
32  Spencer Stoddard    

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