Indy racer Clau­son killed in ac­ci­dent

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Three-time Indy 500 starter Bryan Clau­son was killed fol­low­ing a crash in a Mid­get Na­tion­als race at Belleville High Banks in Kansas last week­end. He was 27.

Clau­son had been lead­ing the race on the dirt track when he hit the guard rail be­tween turns three and four be­fore his car flipped into the path of an­other com­peti­tor and he was hit.

Clau­son was air­lifted to Bryan Med­i­cal Cen­ter in nearby Ne­braska, but suc­cumbed to his in­juries just hours later.

Clau­son’s death was con­firmed at a press con­fer­ence at In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way, where track pres­i­dent Doug Boles said: “Bryan Clau­son com­bined his pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm for grass­roots rac­ing with a God­given tal­ent that made him the favourite to win every time he got in a mid­get or sprint car. And he proved on the world’s largest rac­ing stage – by lead­ing three laps in the 100th Run­ning of the In­di­anapo­lis 500 – that he could use that tal­ent in just about any­thing with wheels.”

Clau­son con­tested the Indy 500 three times in 2012,’15 and ’16. His best, and only fin­ish, was 23rd place this year for Jonathan Byrd’s Rac­ing.

Clau­son had been at­tempt­ing to do 200 races this year be­tween Indycar, Midgets, sprint cars and winged sprint cars.

Clau­son raced at the 500

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