Glass City Gold Cup To Honor Fair & Ryan
TOLEDO, Ohio — The next two races for the ARCA Glass City Gold Cup Late Model Series will pay tribute to a pair of drivers that were heroes to fans and racers alike.
June 22 Flat Rock Speedway will host the Joy Fair Memorial 100 sponsored by Diamond Racing Products. The following Sunday, June 30, the action moves to Spartan, (Lansing) Speedway for the Charlie Ryan Memorial 100.
The Joy Fair Grandstand at Flat Rock will be filled with fans and members of Joy’s family for the second race in honor of Fair, who passed away in December of 2011 at the age of 81. Harold Fair Jr. was the winner of the 2012 edition of the event.
Fair is one of the legendary short track drivers in the country, amassing more than 800 wins in a career that spanned six decades. Joy is the all-time win leader at Flat Rock with 159 victories and 10 track championships.
Chargin’ Charlie Ryan was a mainstay at Spartan Speedway and other mid-Michigan asphalt tracks during his sterling career, piloting the No. 24 to several track titles and countless wins. Ryan died in 2004 at the age of 40 due to a heart attack. His younger brother, Tim, has followed in Charlie’s footsteps and is a competitor in the late model class.
Ryan’s last race car, the red No. 24, has been restored and will be at Spartan June 30 as a tribute to “Chargin” Charlie.
Last season’s Spartan race was the first ARCA Late Model Gold Cup race held outside of Flat Rock and Toledo. Mike Luberda came home with the victory in the 100-lap event.
A field of 20 to 25 cars is expected for each of the 100-lap contests, both of which will award the winner with $2,000.