All of those races came in 1997, when Cunningham finished 30th in year-end points. He debuted at Homestead-Miami. Starting 36th in the field, Cunningham crashed near the halfway point and finished 29th. It was reminiscent of his year: a struggle. He failed to finish seven of his thirteen races, and thus earned just one top-twenty finish in his career. That finish, his career best, was a 19th at Nazareth. Following his frustrating year, Cunningham never raced in the sport again.