Bryan Clauson

Race ready. Photo by Mark Goodin

Race ready. Photo by Mark Goodin

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Bryan Clauson. University Loft Company had the privilege to get to know Bryan and the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Team earlier this year.

Bryan, age 27, was involved in a crash at the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas Saturday night. He was airlifted to a hospital in Nebraska and passed away Sunday from injuries from the crash.


His family released the following statement:


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 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


Bryan Clauson. Photo by Mark Goodin

Bryan Clauson. Photo by Mark Goodin


Bryan completed 198 of 200 laps in this year’s Indy 500 driving the #88 car; he even led 3 of those laps and finished in 23rd place. After the Indy 500, Bryan wasn’t done racing for the day. He left Indianapolis, and traveled to Kokomo, IN (about 60 miles away) and competed in a sprint car race (which he won) at the Kokomo Speedway.

The ULC family is honored to have been a sponsor for Bryan. We will always remember him for his determination. Our condolences go out to his family, his racing team and to the entire racing community.

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