Hoosier Racer Clauson Dies After Sprint Car Crash

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(2014 image courtesy of Bryan Clauson Racing on Facebook) (2014 image courtesy of Bryan Clauson Racing on Facebook)
LINCOLN, Neb. -

Noblesville native and open-wheel race car driver Bryan Clauson has died. In a statement, his family said "our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane." A public service will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a date yet-to-be-decided. Clauson was 27.

Clauson was hospitalized in Saturday at the Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Nebraska following a crash at the Belleville High Banks track in Kansas for a USAC midget race.

The statement from Clauson's family reads:

Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiancé, our friend, Bryan Clauson. He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him.

Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane. However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fan's day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans.

We would like to thank everybody who has shown their concern toward us and kept us in their prayers. We will never be able to truly thank you. We would also like to thank the staff at Bryan Medical Center who stood and fought with our Bryan since he arrived here early yesterday morning. 

We know that our Bryan is also your Bryan and that you would like to participate in honoring him. A service will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a date and time to be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, or to make a donation, people may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Fund website at http://usacbf.org/cash-donation/ or checks should be made out to the USAC Benevolent Foundation in the name of Bryan Clauson. The address is 124 E Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112. 

Thank you for being a part of our Bryan's life. 

Lauren, Tim, Di, and Taylor

Clauson's racing career began in 1994. He raced quart-midgets until 2000 when he transitioned to midget cars and later sprint cars. In high school, Clauson became a driver for the legendary Chip Ganassi in the Nationwide Series and ARCA Series. He ran in several Firestone Indy Lights Oval races for the first time in 2011 and qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in 2012. He also ran in this year's Indy 500, finishing 22nd. In all, Clauson has more than 170 career victories.

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