The Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame announced 16 new inductees on Wednesday; included in the class is Glenn Styres, owner of Ohsweken Speedway and multi-time Sprint Car champion.
Styres is one of ten individuals who will be inducted in the Competitors/Motorsport Builders/Team Members/Significant Contributors category, and there is no doubt that he fits the bill in several ways.
Styres and his family opened the Ohsweken Speedway in 1996. The track – a real-life “field of dreams” built right next to Glenn’s house – has grown from humble beginnings to become one of Canada’s premier motorsports facilities. Ohsweken’s Friday Night Excitement racing series draws a loyal fanbase and 120 entrants to Six Nations of the Grand River each week, and the track has brought some of the biggest names in auto racing to Southern Ontario. The track’s signature event is the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, one of the largest oval track events in Canada.
As a Sprint Car driver, “The Ohsweken Flyer” has 50 A-Main wins and ten championships split between the Southern Ontario Sprints tour and Ohsweken’s weekly racing series. One of Styres’ biggest victories as a driver came in 2012 when he won the Ronald Laney Memorial “King of the 360’s” event at Florida’s East Bay Raceway. Styres has also piled up wins as a car owner and, more importantly, fostered the careers of many young drivers.
The CMHF Induction Gala is scheduled to take place in February 2022 during the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS). Additional details regarding the new inductees and the induction gala will be announced in the near future. Please visit www.cmhf.ca for more information.
Fans and racers can look forward to several blockbuster events at Ohsweken in 2022, including the dirt track debut of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Stay tuned to www.ohswekenspeedway.com over the coming months for announcements regarding Ohsweken Speedway’s 25th season.
From Tommy Goudge