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IndyCar Racer Bryan Clauson Dies After Dirt Track Accident
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IndyCar Racer Bryan Clauson Dies After Dirt Track Accident

IndyCar racer Bryan Clauson hdied from injuries he has sustained from a fatal crash at the Belleville Midget Nationals race this August. The 27-year-old ace car driver was competing in the annual Belleville Midget Nationals USAC midget race in Kansas when he was involved in a fatal accident.

According to racing sanctioning body United States Auto Club, Clauson was leading the race at that time and about to overtake a backmarker when he crashed while passing lapped traffic. Clauson’s car rolled and was hit by another competitor, sending his car flipping and eventually sliding down the banked track.

After the initial flips, Clauson was hit again when driver Ryan Greth collided with his car. Clauson was then flown to Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Nebraska, but was in critical condition upon arrival. He died at the hospital the following evening.

A Northern California native, Clauson made his USAC National Sprint Series debut at Limaland Motorsports Park. On 2005, Clauson won the Open Wheel Oktoberfest Midget Race at Columbus Motor Speedway and has become the youngest driver in USAC history to win a National event, at 16.

A four-time USAC national champion and three-time winner of the Belleville Nationals, Clauson has attempted to compete in 200 races including the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Indianapolis 500, Indy Lights, IndyCar Series, World of Outlaws sprint cars, wingless sprint cars, and midget cars. He also competed in ARCA and the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

In addition to his racing experience, Clauson was also a former development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing team in NASCAR.

Clauson leaves behind his parents, sister, and fiancée Laureen Stewart. Clauson had multiple championships in Sprint car and midget racing, a memorial service in his honor will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Image Credit: Sarah Stierch/Wikipedia.org

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