INDIANAPOLIS – This morning, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles delivered the news no one wanted to hear. In a press conference with Boles and USAC President Kevin Miller at IMS, they announced that Bryan Clauson had unfortunately succumbed to his injuries suffered in a USAC Midget race in the Belleview Nationals on Saturday night.
Clauson, took the lead from the ninth starting spot on Lap 10 of the 40 lap feature, but when he caught lap traffic a few laps later, he was pinched into the outside wall in Turn 3 causing him to flip end over end. When he finally came to a rest on the Lap 13 accident in Turn 4, a car traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into this roll cage severely injuring the Noblesville, Indiana native as a result of the contact.
Clauson, 27, was taken to a Lincoln, Nebraska hospital where he was in critical condition. Unfortunately, those injuries were just too severe as he lost his life on Sunday night.
Clauson, competed in three Indianapolis 500’s where he finished a career-best 23rd back in May. He started his career off in USAC then moved to a NASCAR deal with Chip Ganassi Racing when he was 18-years old. After a few years in the NASCAR X-Finity Series, Clauson moved back to USAC where he dominated.
He will forever go down as one of the all-time best dirt racers as well as USAC drivers ever. He ranked fifth on the all-time USAC wins list with 112 victories, most recently last Wednesday night. He was also vying to make 200 starts in 2016 as the race on Saturday night was his 117th start.
Now, the world unfortunately lost a great one.