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Racing community mourns death of Bryan Clauson


Bryan Clauson. (Photo from USAC Racing)

The family and fiancée of driver Bryan Clauson announced Monday that they said “goodbye to our son, my fiancé, our friend, Bryan Clauson’’ on Sunday.

Clauson was 27.

He died from injuries suffered in a crash while leading the Belleville Midget Nationals on Saturday night.

The Indiana native sought to run 200 races this season. He finished 23rd in the Indianapolis 500 and won a 30-lap sprint car race later that night in Kokomo, Indiana. He ran in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2007-08 as a development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“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,’’ the family said in a statement. “However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fans day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans.’’

Reaction to Clauson’s passing crossed many forms of motorsports Monday.