Thursday, April 26, 2018

Happy Birthday "The Ohsweken Flyer" Glenn Styres - April 26th, 1964

April 26th, 1964
Glenn Styres
Home:Ohsweken, Ontario Canada.
Glenn Styres is a driver, track owner and racing promoter. He owns the Ohsweken Speedway, one of the premier sprint car racing tracks in North America. He also heads up Styres Racing, which not only includes himself but other drivers as well.

Styres started racing himself in 2000. He’s managed to amass 27 career victories in various series. He primarily races 360 and 410 Sprint Cars, vehicles that weigh 1,400 pounds and that have engines with 700 and 900 horsepower, respectively.

Styres’ most noteworthy victory came on February 25, 2012. He shocked the field by winning the 40-lap Ronald Laney Memorial race, which was held during the King of the 360s Nationals. The race was staged at the East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. Styres began that race, which featured 20 entrants, from the Number 18 spot. And early on it didn’t appear he would have much success at this event as he spun his car. But he managed to recover from that setback and work his way up towards the leaders. Styres secured his win by flying past the race leader on the final corner of the last lap.

Nicknamed "The Ohsweken Flyer" Styres built the 3/8 mile oval track in 1994, after selling his shares from Grand River Enterprises, a successful cigarette manufacturing company. The Ohsweken Speedway, which has a seating capacity of about 8,000, was built on 80 acres of Styres family-owned land on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation Reserve southeast of Brantford, Ontario. The track has been continuously expanded in each year of its existence. And the track is mere steps from Styres’ front yard.

The prestigious World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series made its first trip to Ohsweken Speedway for the first running of the Six Nations Showdown on July 25, 2007 and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule. In 2011, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart won his first career World of Outlaws race at Ohsweken and repeated the victory in 2012.

Styres has also captured numerous awards for his promotional and business efforts in the sport. During the past seven years he has been selected as the Promoter of the Year six times, in the 360 Sprint Cars category, by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Knoxville, Iowa.

Styres is not the only member of his family heavily involved in sports. His older brother Curt currently owns a pair of professional franchises, the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League and the Hamilton Nationals, members of the Major League Lacrosse. Curt Styres is also the former owner of the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans.

Racing Highlights: 
• 2012 King of the 360’s winner at East Bay Raceway Park
• Tony Stewart’s first World of Outlaws win at Ohsweken
• 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2014 SOS Champion
• 2014 & 2015 Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Car Champion
• 50 Sprint Car Wins
• Multi-time National 360 Sprint Car Promoter of the Year
• Competed With World of Outlaws
• Competed with USAR Pro Cup
• Competed with Goody’s Dash Series at Atlanta

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Greg Moore Born In New Westminster, British Columbia - April 22, 1975

April 22, 1975 – October 31, 1999
Greg Moore
Born in New Westminster, British Columbia.
Moore lived in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. His early racing career progressed through kart racing, winning the North American Enduro Kart Championships in 1989 and 1990. Moore also played ice hockey while growing up in and around Vancouver. He played on the same peewee team as future NHL star Paul Kariya. Moore was assigned the number 99 when he first started racing go-karts, and would later use the number on his racecar during his CART career. Moving up to Formula Ford cars in 1991, Moore was named the Esso Protec Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of the Year after winning one race and placing fourth in the overall championship. In 1992, he won four races and took four pole positions. He was the USAC Formula 2000 West Champion and Rookie of the Year.

The following year, Moore began racing in the Indy Lights circuit. Despite racing with an under-funded, family-run team, he placed ninth in the 1993 Indy Lights Championship. At the age of 18, Moore became the youngest driver ever to win a CART-sanctioned race when he won the 1994 Indy Lights season-opener at Phoenix. He won three Lights races in 1994 and finished third in the championship.

Moore joined the Player's Forsythe racing team and won the 1995 Indy Lights Championship with a spectacular record-setting season that saw him win 10 of 12 races, including five in a row.

After Indy Lights Greg moved to CART. He was fatally injured in a violent crash on the tenth lap of the CART season finale, the Marlboro 500, at the California Speedway in Fontana, California on October 31, 1999.

For more see; "Remembering" Greg Moore

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"Happy Birthday" Donald Chisholm

April 14, 1976
  Donald Chisholm
From Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Donald is the son of legendary entrepreneur and philanthropist John Chisholm. John built Riverside International Speedway in 1969 and repurchased the track in 2005, renovating it into its current state. John Chisholm was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2015.

A highlight for Donald was winning the Wilson Equipment 300 at  his home track in 2014. He captured the victory less than two months after his father and track founder, John, passed away.  Chisholm picked up his first career pole with a speed of 82.443 mph. He would go on to lead 103 laps in the event to pick up his first career win, beating out series regular Andrew Ranger who faded late after leading 106 laps to finish 4th.

Chisholm currently drives the #89 Keltic Ford/Nova Construction Ford Fusion for NOVA Racing in the Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour.

In 2015 Chisholm came into the season with hopes of capturing his first Pro Stock Tour championship. Despite picking up just one win in the Lucas Oil 150 at Riverside International Speedway, Chisholm put together one of the most consistent performances of his career. He would record eight top five finishes, along with eleven top tens in twelve starts to capture the title by just nine points over 2nd place Dylan Blenkhorn.

Friday, April 13, 2018

"CMHF Member" Leone Slack Passes Away - April 13, 2013

April 13, 2013
Leone Slack
Home: Caledonia, Ontario, Canada.
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member Leone Slack passed away suddenly, but peacefully in her 92nd year, at home in Caledonia on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Mrs. Slack and her husband Bob owned and operated the “Charlotte of the North,” Ontario’s Cayuga Speedway during the stock car track's glory years, regularly hosting NASCAR stars and massive events. 
The Slacks are still a prominent family in Canadian and international motorsports. Bob and Leone Slack were inducted into the CMHF in 2002 and had been married for 63 years. Bob and Leone are inductees of the FOAR Score Racing Hall of Fame. Bob and Leone are the parents well known former late-model driver Randy Slack.

Monday, April 09, 2018

"Happy Birthday" Jacques Villeneuve

April 9, 1971 
Jacques Villeneuve
(Photo:By Legends Of Motorsports - MT Drivers Sat-9)
Born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
He is the son of Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member and racing legend Gilles Villeneuve. His uncle, Jacques Sr., was the 1983 Can-Am Champion and in 1985 at Road America became the first Canadian to win a CART race. Villeneuve won the 1995 CART Championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula One World Championship, making him only the third driver after Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to achieve such a feat. To date, no other Canadian has won the Indianapolis 500 or the F1 Drivers' title.

Following two successful years in CART, Villeneuve moved into Formula One with the front running Williams team, alongside Damon Hill. In his debut season, Villeneuve challenged Hill for the title, winning four races and taking the fight to the final round in Japan, where the Canadian retired and Hill won the title. Villeneuve, however, did win the following year's title, this time challenging Michael Schumacher and once again taking it to the final round in Jerez, where Schumacher retired after the two collided.

1997 would be the last year in which Villeneuve would win a championship level race and finish the season in the top three. For 1998, Villeneuve's Williams team had to fare with less competitive Mecachrome engines, and Villeneuve moved to the newly formed British American Racing team in 1999. He stayed there for the next four seasons but, following poor results he was replaced by former British Formula Three Champion Takuma Sato. Villeneuve also drove for Renault at the end of 2004, and Sauber team in the 2005 season and eleven races of the 2006 season before suffering an injury in Germany. The Canadian was replaced by Robert Kubica and soon BMW and Villeneuve parted company.

Outside Formula One, Villeneuve has taken on several new careers: in sportscar racing, racing for Peugeot in the 2007 and 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, jumping to NASCAR in August 2007 and racing as an invited driver in the Argentinian Top Race V6 series and the Australian-based International V8 Supercars Championship. As a musician, he has released an album titled Private Paradise.

He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998.

For more see; Jacques Villeneuve - Tribute Page

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Gilles Villeneuve Leads Ferrari Sweep At US Grand Prix - April 8, 1979

April 8, 1979

(Photo: Formula1streaming via photopin cc)
Canadian Gilles Villeneuve captured pole, fastest lap and the win for Ferrari, followed by teammate Jody Scheckter, as the Prancing Horses took a big step toward reclaiming the Constructor's and Driver's Championships from Lotus. Villeneuve's second straight win came by almost half a minute over Scheckter, as Alan Jones joined them on the podium for Williams. It was the third win of Villeneuve's career, his second consecutive, and the third United States Grand Prix win in a row for Ferrari.

Qualifying was a battle between Ferrari, Lotus and Ligier, and, as is usually the case at Long Beach, the circuit was littered with broken cars by the end of each session. Carlos Reutemann, in the second Lotus, held the pole until the very end of the final session, when Villeneuve bumped him. With only Ferrari and Renault on Michelin tires, Villeneuve was able to use seven sets of qualifiers in the final session, while the Goodyear runners had only two sets per car. On his final charge, Villeneuve switched off his rev limiter at the end of the straight, raising the revs by 200 to 12,600 and giving him enough extra speed to pip Reutemann by six hundredths of a second.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

"Happy Birthday" Darren Law

April 4, 1968
Darren Law
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
At age 14 Law was the International Kart Federation national champion, and shortly thereafter began racing cars in various amateur classes on the west coast of the United States. In 1991 he was a factory driver for Elden Racing Cars' factory team in Formula Renault competition. In 1996 and 1997 he competed in the North American Touring Car Championship for the privateer Hartong Motorsports BMW outfit and finished 8th in points in the series' two years of operation. In 1999 he made a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Heartland Park Topeka, but crashed 34 laps in.

He joined the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series in 2000 and finished 2nd in GTU class points. The following year he was the GT class champion. In 2002 he moved from production cars to prototypes and raced in the Rolex Series' SRPII class and was second in points. In 2003 he finished 4th in the new Daytona Prototype class, the series top category.

In 2004 he competed in both the Daytona Prototypes where he finished 14th and the American Le Mans Series GT2 class where he finished runner up in the GT2 class driver's championship. 2005 saw Law continue to split his time between DP, where he finished 12th for the Brumos Porsche team, and ALMS GT2 where he finished 13th in points for Flying Lizard Motorsports and Alex Job Racing. He continued with the same teams and series in 2006 and finished 14th in Grand Am DP and 10th in ALMS GT2. Driving for the same teams again in 2007, he improved to 6th in points in both series. In 2008, still with the same teams, he improved to 4th in the Daytona Prototype championship but dropped back to 7th in ALMS GT2.

Law was a part of the 2009 24 Hours of Daytona-winning crew driving a Brumos Racing-run Riley-Porsche, along with David Donohue, Antonio GarcĂ­a and Buddy Rice. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lauda Wins, Villeneuve Disqualified, Reutemann Retires - April 4, 1982

April 4, 1982
In his third race since returning from a self-imposed two-year "retirement," Austrian Niki Lauda won the seventh United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach, ahead of Keke Rosberg. It was the 18th victory of Lauda's career, and his first for McLaren. Canada's Gilles Villeneuve crossed the line in third, but he was disqualified after the race when a protest of his Ferrari's rear wing was upheld by the officials.

Lauda came home nearly 15 seconds ahead of Rosberg for his second win in the United States, along with the 1975 Watkins Glen race, For the only time, this would be one of three American races in the same season, with the inaugural Detroit race and the Championship clincher in Las Vegas still to come.

On the same weekend Carlos Reutemann had shocked his boss Frank Williams, and everyone else in the paddock, by announcing his retirement! When former World Champion Alan Jones insisted he was not available, Williams contacted another former Champion, American Mario Andretti. His commitment to the Patrick Indy racing team posed no conflicts, so he agreed to drive the second Williams for the weekend, saying, "I had nothing else to do, so I accepted."  Andretti advanced from fourteenth on the grid to ninth place, with a best lap faster than teammate Rosberg's. On lap 19, however, he lost it in the "marbles" of tire rubber that were collecting off-line and damaged his suspension against the wall in Turn 4.