The racing world is mourning the loss of sprint car prodigy Bryan Clauson, who shockingly died on August 7. Bryan was only 27, and was killed from injuries sustained during a race just the day prior. As we process his loss, read on to learn more about this accomplished young man.
1. He was attempting to compete in 200 races in 2016
Bryan Clauson‘s attempt was billed as the “The Chasing 200 Tour, Circular Insanity”. To complete that goal, the racer was competing in the 100th Indianapolis 500, USAC Midget and Sprint cars, World of Outlaws (WoO) sprint cars, and wingless sprint cars. Bryan usually competed in an impressive 150 races per year already, and wanted to up the ante!
2. He lived out of a mobile home
Bryan wasn’t staying in hotels while he was heading to races, and heading back to a home somewhere cushy in his downtime. He lived in a mobile home, and hit the road to travel the country and make his way to each race himself! This apparently used to be the norm for pro racers, but he brought it back into practice!
3. He’s the youngest driver in USAC history to win a national feature event
Bryan was a racing prodigy, winning a national feature event when he was just 16 years-old! That was the Open Wheel Oktoberfest Midget race at the Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio, in 2005. In 2006, he recorded an incredible USAC Sprint/Midget doubleheader “sweep” at the Salem Speedway, in Indiana, where he won both the 30-lap Midget race and 50-lap Sprint race — making him only the 24th person to do so. Think about it; he was just 17 years-old!
4. He won 20+ races in 2015
Scratch that — 2015 was the fourth year in a row that he won over 20 races! In 2015, he won prestigious events like the Belleville Midget Nationals at the Belleville High Banks and the Jason Leffler Memorial Race at Wayne County Speedway.
5. His father was a sprint car racer, too
Bryan’s father, Tim Clauson, was a sprint car racer in Northern California, and encouraged Bryan to get into racing. He started out small, enrolling him in go kart races, and he soon dominated that around the age of 8 by winning races left and right. Who knew that he’d become a legend by 27?
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Bryan’s loved ones during this difficult time.