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Bryan Clauson

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3-time USAC National Midget Series Champion 2010, 2011, 2015
3-time USAC National Drivers Champion 2010, 2011, 2012
2-time Turkey Night Grand Prix Winner 2009, 2010
2-time USAC National Sprint Car Series Champion 2012, 2013
Non-winged Driver of the Year 2013
Chili Bowl winner 2014 3 time Belleville Midget Nationals Champion 2009, 2010, 2015

Indycar Series Nation Fan Favorite driver 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series career 26 races run over 2 years Best finish 27th 2008 First race 2007 Emerson Radio 250 Richmond Last race 2008 Ford 300 Homestead
IndyCar Series career
3 races run over 3 years
2015 position 39th
Best finish 33rd 2012
First race 2012 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis
Last race 2016 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis
431 Chili Bowl Results
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links
  • Racing career

    Born in Sacramento, California, Clauson made his USAC National Sprint Series debut just two days after his 16th birthday on June 17, 2005 at Limaland Motorsports Park, Ohio garnering a third place podium finish On October 8, 2005, Clauson won the Open Wheel Oktoberfest Midget race at Columbus Motor Speedway, Ohio, becoming the youngest driver in USAC history to win a National feature event, aged 16 years, 3 months and 23 days On August 12, 2006, Clauson recorded a historic USAC Sprint/Midget doubleheader "sweep" at Salem Speedway, Indiana winning both the 30-lap Midget race and 50-lap Sprint race held the same night, only the 24th such sweep in USAC history

    On August 31, Clauson scored his first career ARCA win at the Gateway International Raceway Two months later he began competing in the NASCAR Busch Series, driving the No 41 Memorex Dodge Charger for Chip Ganassi He competed full-time during the 2007 season in the USAC National Sprint and Midget Series as part of the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable

    Clauson 40 racing Marcos Ambrose at Nashville in 2008

    Despite his move to NASCAR, Clauson returned to his dirt-track roots on January 12, racing in the Chili Bowl, an indoor Midget race in Tulsa, Oklahoma, featuring some of the top names in racing, such as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Jason Leffler, Gary Scelzi, Cruz Pedregon, Bobby Santos III, Brett Hearn and Tim McCreadie After starting the feature mid-pack, he finished fourth overall

    In 2008, Clauson started the season in the No 41 Polaroid/Texaco Havoline Dodge for Ganassi in the Nationwide Series, but was replaced by Kyle Krisiloff He then drove the No 40 Fastenal entry for Ganassi, filling in for Dario Franchitti in select races He won his 1st pole at Daytona in July, but was replaced full-time by Franchitti the week after

    He was set to make his Cup debut at the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway driving the No 40 Target/MotorStorm: Pacific Rift Dodge but qualifying was rained out and the team, which did not have enough owner points, did not qualify His second attempt at his Cup Series debut ended the same way at Atlanta Motor Speedway Qualifying was rained out for the race on October 26, 2008; he would have driven the No 40 Guitar Hero World Tour Dodge In his first actual attempt at Texas, Clauson failed to qualify

    Clauson was supposed to drive the No 40 in the Nationwide Series full-time in 2009, but the team shut down after Fastenal left the team He won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in November

    Clauson joined the Tony Stewart Racing Silver Crown team in USAC 2010 During this season he was successful in winning the USAC National Midget championship for his own team, as well as the first-ever USAC National Drivers championship Clauson earned a $300,000 scholarship to compete in all 6 Indy Lights oval races in 2011

    Clauson ran the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, but finished 30th with mechanical problems

    Clauson won the USAC Sprint Car Championship in 2012, and repeated in 2013

    Following the 2013 season, Clauson replaced Jerry Coons Jr in the Joe Dooling/Rusty Kunz number 63 Westin Packaged Meats Esslinger powered Midget On January 18, 2014, he won the Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Center, while teammate Michael Pickens, driving the number 63 Dooling Machine, Esslinger powered midget, flipped with 11 to go Later that year, the Gold Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway were postponed after a 5-hour rain delay, the next day they resumed racing and he led all 25 laps of the race for his first Gold Crown Midget win, holding off Christopher Bell in the No 71 KKM midget

    Clauson's damaged car returning to the garage, at the 2015 Indianapolis 500

    Clauson returned to the Indy 500 in 2015, driving for the KV Racing Technology/Jonathan Byrd's Racing team, finishing 31st after an accident while moving out of the way for a faster car He also competed in the "Kokomo Classic" at Kokomo Speedway later that evening, where he finished 2nd to Kevin Thomas, Jr in a photo finish

    Clauson was attempting to compete in 200 races in 2016 which is being billed as "The Chasing 200 Tour, Circular Insanity" The tour included the 100th Indianapolis 500, USAC Midget and Sprint cars, World of Outlaws WoO sprint cars, and wingless sprint cars He normally ran about 150 shows per year; he hoped to double up by racing some 360 wingless sprint car class cars at 410 WoO / USAC winged sprint car events Clauson traveled the country living out of a mobile home The IndyCar Series announced during its series banquet on October 4, 2016 that Clauson was named INDYCAR Nation Fan Favorite driver as voted on by the fans

    Death

    On August 6, 2016, Clauson was competing in the Belleville Nationals midget race – his 116th race of the year – when he was involved in an accident in which he flipped his car after making contact with a lapped car and was hit by another He was taken to Bryan Medical Center West and was in critical condition upon arrival Clauson died at the hospital the following evening

    Tony Stewart remarked, "It sucks when it’s anybody in racing It’s hard when you lose them, but it’s even worse when they’re somebody as close to you as Bryan was I feel for Lauren today and Bryan’s parents and his sister, and I hope to be able to see them soon, but just thinking about them more than anything right now"

    Clauson was a registered organ donor, which contributed to five lives being saved

    Various tributes from the racing community were made in honor of Clauson For the Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, drivers ran a BC decal on the A-post of their cars, while race winner Justin Marks dedicated his victory to Clauson The following week, at the Cup Series' Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr ran a Fastenal scheme modeled after Clauson's 2008 Nationwide Series car, Stenhouse finished in a then career-best 2nd place And on May 28th 2017, at the 100 lap of the Indianapolis 500 race, the rank post displayed a commemorative green image with the legend #BCFOREVER on it

    Personal life

    Clauson attended Noblesville High School in Noblesville, Indiana He was survived by his fiancée Lauren Stewart; their wedding was scheduled for February 2017

    Racing record

    American open–wheel racing results

    key

    Indy Lights

    INDY
    5
    MIL
    4
    IOW
    3
    TOR EDM1 EDM2 TRO NHM
    7
    BAL KTY
    5
    LVS
    13
    12th 170
    2012 Fan Force United STP ALA LBH INDY DET MIL
    10
    IOW
    10
    TOR EDM TRO BAL FON 18th 40

    IndyCar Series

    INDY
    30
    DET TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON 33rd 13
    2015 Jonathan Byrd's Racing Chevrolet STP NLA LBH ALA IMS INDY
    31
    DET DET TXS TOR FON MIL IOW MDO POC SNM 39th 10
    2016 Honda STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY
    23
    DET DET RDA IOW TOR MDO POC TXS WGL SNM 33rd 21

    Indianapolis 500

    Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
    2012 Dallara Honda 31 30 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
    2015 Dallara Chevrolet 33 31 Jonathan Byrd's Racing
    2016 Dallara Honda 28 23 Dale Coyne Racing / Jonathan Byrd's Racing

    NASCAR

    key Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time  – Most laps led

    Sprint Cup Series

    CLT
    DNQ
    MAR ATL
    DNQ
    TEX
    DNQ
    PHO HOM N/A 0

    Nationwide Series

    RCH
    35
    DOV KAN
    23
    CLT
    20
    MEM
    18
    TEX
    28
    PHO HOM 76th 443
    2008 DAY
    6
    CAL
    34
    LVS ATL
    29
    BRI
    35
    27th 1915
    40 NSH
    17
    TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH
    21
    DAR
    18
    CLT
    31
    NSH
    22
    KEN
    5
    MLW
    20
    NHA DAY
    19
    CHI GTY IRP
    32
    CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL
    18
    RCH
    38
    DOV
    33
    KAN
    21
    CLT MEM TEX PHO
    16
    HOM
    34
    MacDonald Motorsports 81 Dodge DOV
    31

    Sprint Car & Midget Racing

    Chili Bowl Results

    ^ Stringfield, Ryan December 2, 2010 "Clauson Earns Indy Lights Oval Scholarship" Junior Open Wheel Talent Junior Open Wheel Talent LLC Retrieved August 5, 2015 
  • ^ "Clauson Wins Second Consecutive USAC Sprint Car Championship" Tonystewartracingcom November 4, 2013 Archived from the original on April 16, 2015 Retrieved April 15, 2015 
  • ^ "Chili Bowl Nationals | The Official Website for the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire" Chilibowlcom Retrieved April 15, 2015 
  • ^ Bianchi, Jordan May 24, 2015 "Indy 500 results 2015: Full finishing order" SB Nation Vox Media Retrieved August 5, 2015 
  • ^ Billingsley, Mark May 28, 2015 "Local motor notes: Sacramento native Bryan Clauson drives the 'Indiana Double'" The Sacramento Bee Cheryl Dell, The McClatchy Company Retrieved August 5, 2015 
  • ^ a b c d Miller, Robin "Indycar: Indy part of Clauson's 200 race bid" Racercom Retrieved May 14, 2016 
  • ^ TJ Buffenbarger "Clauson Named Fan Favorite Driver by IndyCar Series" Retrieved 2016-10-05 
  • ^ "Former NASCAR driver Bryan Clauson in critical condition after horrific crash" Sporting News August 6, 2016 Retrieved August 7, 2016 
  • ^ Reiman, Samuel August 7, 2016 "Bryan Clauson airlifted to hospital after USAC crash" Foxsportscom Retrieved August 7, 2016 
  • ^ Cavin, Curt August 8, 2016 "Noblesville's Bryan Clauson dies from race injuries" The Indianapolis Star Karen Ferguson, Gannett Company Retrieved August 8, 2016 
  • ^ a b Gluck, Jeff August 6, 2016 "Driver Bryan Clauson dies after crash: 'One of the darkest days'" USA Today Retrieved August 9, 2016 
  • ^ Reiman, Samuel August 10, 2016 "Bryan Clauson helped save five lives through being an organ donor" Fox Sports Fox Broadcasting Company Retrieved August 11, 2016 
  • ^ Jensen, Tom August 11, 2016 "XFINITY teams to honor Bryan Clauson with decal at Mid-Ohio" Foxsportscom Retrieved August 15, 2016 
  • ^ Wilhelm, Chase August 13, 2016 "Justin Marks slips and slides to first XFINITY victory at Mid-Ohio" Foxsportscom Retrieved August 15, 2016 
  • ^ "STENHOUSE JR TO HONOR CLAUSON WITH SPECIAL SCHEME AT BRISTOL" Roush Fenway Racing August 15, 2016 Retrieved August 15, 2016 
  • External links

    • Official website
    • Bryan Clauson driver statistics at Racing-Reference

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