Joining the ranks of young athletes from Noblesville, Indiana is USAC race car driver Bryan Clauson, a 21 year old native Californian who now resides in the Indianapolis suburb of Noblesville. Actually, though he was born in California, Clauson’s heart is in Noblesville; he went to Noblesville High School and grew up in Central Indiana. Born in June of 1989, the 21 year old driver got his start in racing early, just two days after his sixteenth birthday. He placed third in a 2005 USAC National Sprint Series race at the Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio, and later that same year he became the youngest driver in USAC history to win a National Feature event when he won the Open Wheel Oktoberfest Midget race. Clauson made history again in 2006, when he swept a USAC Spring/Midget doubleheader at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana, just south of Indy.
|Video of an interview with USAC racer Bryan Clauson, a resident of Noblesville, Indiana|
Bryan Clauson made the jump from the USAC to NASCAR later in 2006, when he competed at the NASCAR Busch Series in the #41 Memorex Dodge Charger. Clauson still raced in midget races and USAC during his time in NASCAR, including a January 12 race at the Chili Bowl, a race that also featured plenty of big racing names, like Tim McCreadie, Tony Stewart, and Jason Leffler. 2008 saw a series of stops and starts for Bryan Clauson as he attempted to make his Cup debut. Unfortunately, the qualifying round for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway was rained out and the team failed to qualify. Another qualifier was rained out at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and when Clauson finally got the chance to attempt the qualification race, he didn’t make the cut.
|Video of a post race interview with USAC racer and Noblesville, Indiana resident Bryan Clauson|
Bryan Clauson has had more success driving midget cars in USAC races in recent years. In 2009, he won the annual Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car race held in Irwindale, California. He joined the Tony Stewart Racing Team at the outset of 2010, and he got his first taste of unfiltered success: he won the first ever USAC National Drivers Championship and the USAC National Midget Championship. His latest success: earning a scholarship to compete in all six Firestone Indy Lights races in 2011. The series includes the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a race that takes place the day before the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, so Indianapolis sports fans will get the chance to see this famous Noblesville resident in action.
|Video of Bryan Clauson winning a USAC National Midget Car Series event at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis; Bryan Clauson is a resident of Noblesville, Indiana|
Though Bryan Clauson hasn’t had an incredibly long racing career, he’s doing pretty well for himself considering his youthful age. Clauson has already made history at least twice, once when he became the youngest driver to win a USAC National Feature event and again when he swept the Salem Speedway doubleheader. Clauson’s best days on the track are yet to come, as evidenced by his wins of the USAC National Drivers Championship and the National Midget Championship last year and his slated 2011 appearances at the Firestone Indy Lights series. If you’re interested in Noblesville sports and racing at all, you need to keep an eye on Bryan Clauson, one of the rising stars of the USAC.
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