Bryan Clauson, a three-time USAC National Midget Series and two-time USAC National Sprint Series Champion, passed away Sunday evening due to injuries sustained in a wreck during a Midget car race, according to a report from the Indianapolis Star.
The accident occurred during Saturday night’s Belleville Nationals at Belleville (KS) High Banks Speedway. Clauson was 27.
According to reports Clauson was leading when he encountered lapped traffic. The Noblesville, Indiana native apparently was contacted by a lapped car and was sent flipping wildly after making contact with the outside wall. After Clauson’s machine stopped flipping it was struck by another oncoming car in the driver’s cockpit.
Clauson was in the hunt to compete in 200 races this season. He had competed in various open wheel divisions and sanctions including USAC and the World of Outlaws. Clauson made 26 career starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He also competed in the Indy 500 three times, picking up his best finish (23rd) this season.
The following statement was released by Clauson’s family:
“The family of Indy 500 veteran and USAC champion driver Bryan Clauson released the following statement this morning: “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.”