Clauson, 27, dies following midget car accident

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Bryan Clauson, an accomplished sprint car driver who had competed in three Indianapolis 500s, died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a midget car crash on Saturday at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks. He was 27.

Clauson’s family confirmed his death in a statement released Monday morning by USAC officials at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiancé, our friend, Bryan Clauson,” Clauson’s family said in a statement released by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “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.”

Clauson was leading the Belleville Midget Nationals when his car climbed the guard rail between turns 3 and 4, flipped and stopped on the track, where he was then hit by Ryan Greth. Clauson was transported Saturday night to Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Nebraska.

USAC President Kevin Miller said Clauson’s death was “devastating” and left a tremendous hole in the racing community.

“This is truly one of the darkest days of the 60-year history of the United States Auto Club,” Miller said. “Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC champions, we lost a true ambassador for all of motorsports. Bryan was an accomplished driver on both dirt and pavement. … Bryan’s passion for our sport was unparalleled.

“He was a leader not only on the track, but in the pits with his fellow competitors.”

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