INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Donor Network, the organ recovery organization for 85 of Indiana’s 92 counties, announced today that it is continuing its partnership with Clauson-Marshall Racing to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation through the Driven2SaveLives campaign for the 2019 race season. Driven2SaveLives, which launched in 2016 around the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, has been involved in dirt track racing with the hopes of registering fans to become donors in honor of Bryan Clauson since January 2017. Since then, the campaign has raised awareness and encouraged over 1,000 people to register their donation decisions through their partnership with Clauson-Marshall Racing and sponsorship of various dirt track related events.
Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and chief executive officer, stated, “The Driven2SaveLives campaign is an increasingly visible symbol for the donation message both here in Indiana and throughout the nation. We are excited to advance our partnership with Clauson-Marshall Racing to continue educating race fans, registering donors and ultimately saving lives.”
Returning to the Clauson-Marshall Racing midget stable in 2019 is Zeb Wise. Wise transitioned from a development driver to full-time competitor in 2018 and became the youngest ever USAC National Midget series winner, taking over the title from Bryan Clauson. The 16-year-old rising star will pilot the Clauson-Marshall Racing Driven2SaveLives #39BC in 2019.
Wise will continue to help the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives raise awareness for organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation, especially with the Indiana Donor Network youth registration initiative, as he competes for the NOS ENERGY DRINK USAC National Midget Series Championship.
Wise stated, “I am honored to continue racing with the Driven2SaveLives campaign. It is such an important cause, and I am looking forward to celebrating donor heroes like Bryan Clauson in the 2019 racing season.”
Bryan Clauson was a versatile and beloved race car driver, best known for his talent and achievements in dirt track open-wheel racing. Clauson died in August 2016 following an accident in the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. As a registered donor, he saved five lives through organ donation and continues to enhance the lives of countless others through tissue donation.
“While Bryan was known for his on-track persona, the decision he made to be an organ and tissue donor will forever be his legacy,” said Tim Clauson, Bryan’s father and co-owner of Clauson-Marshall Racing. “As a family, we are humbled to honor Bryan and his donation decision through Driven2SaveLives and the racing community we love. What donation did for our family – the light it provided us in our darkest hours – will stay with me for a lifetime. I will be forever grateful.”
The continued partnership between Indiana Donor Network and Clauson-Marshall Racing means the Driven2SaveLives campaign will have a presence at dirt track races around the country in 2019. Indiana Donor Network will activate the campaign alongside Donate Life America and other organ recovery organizations to continue spreading the lifesaving and healing message of donation and transplantation.