US racer Clauson dies after dirt-track smash

2016-08-08 23:16
Bryan Clauson (Getty Images)

Los Angeles - American race car driver Bryan Clauson, who competed in three Indianapolis 500 races, died from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash on a dirt track in Kansas.

He was 27.

Clauson was considered one of the top dirt track drivers in America but he sometimes took time away from sprint car racing to compete in other events such as the 100th running of May's Indy 500, where he finished 23rd.

He was involved in a two car smash at Saturday night's Belleville Midget Nationals on a half-mile oval.

Clauson's vehicle then overturned in the middle of the track before he was struck by a third car driven by Ryan Greth.

He was taken by air ambulance to a nearby hospital where he died on Sunday.

"Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiance, our friend, Bryan Clauson," Clauson's family said in a statement.

"He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him."

Clauson also competed in 26 NASCAR stock car races from 2007 to 2008.

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