Bryan Clauson, who raced in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, died in an accident on Sunday. He was just 27.
Bryan Clauson crashed at Turn 4 during a U.S. Auto Club (USAC) midget car race at the Belleville High Banks on Saturday night. The open-wheel sprint car flipped and was hit by another car. The track is a half-mile dirt track in Belleville, Kansas.
He was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska and was declared dead late Sunday. His death was confirmed on Monday morning by a statement from the family which was read at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“NASCAR extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bryan Clauson, a passionate competitor whose love for racing fueled his unmatched positive spirit,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said in a statement. “He was a dear friend to many in the racing community, and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. He touched the lives of so many in our motorsports family, and his warm presence and relentless enthusiasm will be missed.”
A native of California and a resident of Noblesville, Indiana, Clauson is a 7-time champion across three divisions of USAC racing. He was also the champion of the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals in 2014. He wanted to take part in 200 open-wheel races this year. This included the 100th Indy 500, which was his third attempt at the race. He won 27 races out of 116 this season. Bryan also made 26 career starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
“More importantly, he possessed a humility and character out of the race car that made him a person that fellow competitors and fans alike enjoyed being around. His spirit, his positive outlook and his thrilling talent will be missed by the entire racing community. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are with the Clauson family in this difficult time”, said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles.
RIP Bryan Clauson!!
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