Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiancé, our friend, Bryan Clauson. He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him. 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. 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. We would like to thank everybody who has shown their concern toward us and kept us in their prayers. We will never be able to truly thank you. We would also like to thank the staff at Bryan Medical Center who stood and fought with our Bryan since he arrived here early yesterday morning. We know that our Bryan is also your Bryan and that you would like to participate in honoring him. A service will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a date and time to be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, or to make a donation, people may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Fund website at http://usacbf.org/cash-donation/ or checks should be made out to the USAC Benevolent Foundation in the name of Bryan Clauson. The address is 124 E Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Thank you for being a part of our Bryan's life. Lauren, Tim, Di, and Taylor
We would all like to thank you for all of your prayers and concerns over the last few days. It provided strength and comfort during a very difficult time for us. Nothing prepares you for these moments. We have all watched from afar as other families have had to face their own tragedies or been there to support our family and friends as they have spent their own time in the hospital. However, nothing makes you ready to say goodbye. You take each moment as it comes and we could not have made it to this point with out all of you. One of the gifts that Bryan gave us while we sat next to him praying for some good news, was the moment we found out that he was an organ donor. It shouldn’t have surprised us. All of us have felt Bryan’s generosity throughout his life. The gift of life is the most amazing gesture and Bryan will live on not only through us and all the people he touched along the way, but from the lucky individuals that will benefit from Bryan making a decision to be a donor. It was not lost on our family as we sat huddled around him, holding his hands, comforting him and each other, saying our last goodbye that five families were also sitting in a hospital room somewhere, comforting their loved one and each other while praying for a miracle that Bryan ultimately delivered for them. We are so proud of our Bryan for making this decision. The Nebraska Organ Recovery team made the entire process very comforting. Their compassion, love, and respect when treating Bryan did not go unnoticed. We want to acknowledge every member of the Nebraska Organ Recovery team. Thank you for loving our Bryan. If you are a donor, thank you. If you are not, please consider for a moment becoming one. We have seen first hand how amazing it feels on both sides of the coin. It is the greatest gift that one person can give another. We promise. Again, thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers and friendship. We look forward to seeing you at the races. Lauren, Tim, Di, Taylor
Bryan was severely injured last night while competing in the Belleville Nationals midget race at Belleville High Banks in Kansas. Bryan was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Nebraska following the accident, where he remains in critical condition and under the care of the medical staff. We appreciate the support of the racing community and are thankful for the outreach we've received. We ask that you continue to respect our privacy as we focus on Bryan. - The Clauson Family
Did the 4 just wreck his way into the next round? He hung a right and crashed the field!
Good Afternoon from Knoxville, We wanted to thank everybody for the outpouring of love and support this week. It has been overwhelming and very much needed. We have enjoyed hearing your stories about Bryan and letting us tell ours. Your generosity has left us speechless and humbled. Thank you doesn’t seem like it's enough, but we sincerely thank you. We promise that we will also be there for you like you have been here for us. We have seen on social media, or been asked when is the service at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? And we get it. In the moments after BC’s passing, IMS graciously offered the track for a public celebration and we gladly accepted. However, during our conversations with each other and with IMS, the words Kokomo Speedway kept coming up. Bryan loved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he spent his childhood dreaming about it, he took the green flag three times at it in an IndyCar, and he revered it…but Kokomo was home. To get to know him, you had to go to Kokomo. To feel him, you had to be in Kokomo. So that's what we all decided as the logical place to hold this celebration. We are sorry for the confusion. The Kokomo event on the 24th at 1:00pm is THE celebration of life for Bryan Clauson. We know that the crowd could be overwhelming for Kokomo and we are working on a logistical plan with the track to accommodate what we expect to be an absolutely amazing turnout. Those details will be presented next week. Thank you again from all of us, Lauren, Tim, Di, Taylor