Bryan Clauson, one of the top dirt-track racers in the country, has died from injuries sustained during a race over the weekend. He was 27.
On Aug. 6, Clauson was severely injured during a U.S. Auto Club midget car race at the Belleville High Banks dirt track in Belleville, Kansas. His sprint car flipped in turn 4 before being struck by another vehicle driven by Ryan Greth.
The crash caused severe injuries for Clauson, who was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Neb. He was pronounced dead just hours later. His death has sent shockwaves through the racing community, who are mourning the loss of the young and versatile driver.
During his career, Clauson made 26 career starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He raced in the Indianapolis 500 in both 2012 and 2015.
“This is truly one of the darkest days in the 60-year history of the United States Auto Club,” USAC CEO Kevin Miller said in a statement. “Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC champions, we’ve lost a true ambassador for all of motor sports.”
“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,” Clauson’s family said in a statement announcing his passing. “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 is survived by his parents, Tim and Di, his sister Taylor and fiancee Lauren Stewart. A memorial service is scheduled to take place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this week.