The legacy of Bryan Clauson Racing will continue under a new name thanks to Bryan Clauson’s father, Tim Clauson, and team co-owner Richard Marshall.
The team will now be known as Clauson-Marshall Racing banner and will make its debut during the upcoming USAC National Midget Series Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill., on Oct. 20. Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive for the team on Oct. 20.
Bryan Clauson died Aug. 7 after being involved in a violent crash the previous evening during the Belleville Midget Nationals at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks.
“I never had a doubt that I wanted to carry on what Bryan’s true passion was in his life and that was racing,” Tim Clauson said. “Bryan and I had several conversations when tragic things happened in the sport and his opinion never wavered; ‘We race on. That’s what we do, we are racers.’
“We both took great pride in working with young drivers and Bryan especially wanted to teach them the right way to race, and that was with respect and reverence for the sport. That is what we will carry on in his honor.“I have been overwhelmed with not only the love and compassion from our racing family, but also with what I have learned since August 7th. I’ve learned the great respect he had not only for the sport, but, more importantly, the people in the sport. My goal with this program is not only to win races, but more importantly to share the love and respect that Bryan had and showed to the sport. If we can help cultivate a generation of racers who share that vision, then I think Bryan would be proud.”
Richard and Jennifer Marshall have been more than sponsors to Bryan and the teams over the years, they have become family and now partners. Bryan Clauson and his teams represented the Marshall family through Priority Aviation from the small dirt tracks of the Midwest to the Indianapolis 500.
“I have long shared the passion for this sport with Tim and Bryan,” Marshall said. “Bryan’s passing gave all of us a serious pause. Since then, Tim and I agreed that Bryan would want us to race on. We had a meeting of the minds and decided to move forward with our passion and Bryan’s dream. We could not be more excited to see this through with Clauson-Marshall Racing.”
Bryan Clauson and Marshall formed Bryan Clauson Racing in 2008 with the idea of providing their knowledge and experience with drivers and families attempting to navigate their way through the sport while at the same time providing Clauson with an outlet to pursue the venue of motorsports that he loved most, midget and sprint car racing.
Along the way, the team met many of its goals including a pair of USAC National Midget championships and a USAC Sprint Car title along with three USAC Driver of the Year awards while also helping in the development of many younger drivers making their way through the ranks.
Bryan Clauson Racing had the honor of having some of the nation’s top drivers race out of its stable including the likes of Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic, Spencer Bayston, Jason Johnson, Kyle Larson and Stenhouse, among others.
As such, it is only fitting that the Clauson-Marshall Racing debut at the Jason Leffler Classic will feature Stenhouse at the wheel.
“I’m always thrilled to race with Tim and this team. I value the friendship and passion he and Bryan have for racing,” Stenhouse said. “This race means a lot to Bryan. The whole racing family comes together to remember an awesome guy and racer.
“I’m looking forward to representing this team and hope I can do even half of what Bryan could do in this car. Bryan’s passing hasn’t gotten easier, but it’s been unbelievable to see the support of so many friends, family and fans. With them, I hope to continue Bryan’s legacy and continue in his winning ways. It helps all of us and I’m glad to be a tiny part of it with this team.”
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