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EX-NASCAR Driver Bryan Clauson Dies In USAC Sprint Car Crash


Bryan Clauson, 27, died Sunday evening from injuries sustained in a crash during a USAC sprint car race Saturday night at the Belleville (Kan.) Nationals.

Clauson served as a development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2007-08, winning an ARCA race in 2007 at Gateway. He made 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in 2008, finishing second in rookie points where he teamed occasionally with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. He also attempted for two Sprint Cup Series races in 2008, but failed to qualify for both.

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer released a statement on the behalf of NASCAR this morning:


Clauson recently took his craft to both USAC and INDYCAR racing after his NASCAR career faltered. The native Californian earned a USAC-INDYCAR scholarship for winning the 2010 USAC national driver’s title. The scholarship earned Clauson six Indy Lights starts in 2011 in a car shared with current Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Conor Daly at Sam Schmidt Motorsports while Clauson continued to race in USAC’s national series. His best finish in eight career Indy Lights was third at Iowa Speedway in 2011.

Bryan Clauson won the scholarship award again in 2012, allowing him to make his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2012 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, qualifying 31st and finishing 30th. Clauson returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015, finishing 31st in the Indy 500 for KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing. He raced once more this past May, finishing 32rd.

His family released the following statement regarding his death:


As noted above, anyone willing to donate to help family expenses should go to The racing and TSJ 101 families give our thoughts to the Clauson family during this hard time. Bryan was a racer’s racer and would dare to race anything. He was one of a kind both personal and Sportsman wise.