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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.
INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the Driven2SaveLives BC39 dirt track race will begin at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indiana Donor Network has created special challenge coins, in commemoration of this event, to be presented to each driver and car owner by Tim Clauson. Tim is the father of late IndyCar and United States Auto Club driver Bryan Clauson, for whom the race is named. Bryan died in a racing accident in 2016. He saved five lives as a registered organ donor and healed up to 75 people as a tissue donor.
Tim Clauson told Indiana Donor Network, “This is more than a race. If there was ever an event to honor Bryan – the driver and the person – this is it. We wanted to show our appreciation for the drivers and the car owners who made the trip out here. These coins are a keepsake for what a monumental event this is.”
Driven2SaveLives is an Indiana Donor Network campaign to raise awareness around organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. Indiana Donor Network and IndyCar driver Stefan Wilson launched Driven2SaveLives in April 2016 in honor of Stefan’s late brother, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. Justin died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash and as a registered organ donor, he saved five lives. Today, the campaign also honors Bryan Clauson. In June 2018, Driven2SaveLives was announced as the title sponsor of the inaugural dirt track race at IMS.
Kellie Hanner, president and chief executive officer of Indiana Donor Network, stated, “All of us at Indiana Donor Network are excited to be a part of this historic race. Our mission is to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. The Driven2SaveLives BC39 not only raises awareness around this cause, but also honors a hero, Bryan Clauson, who gave the gift of life.”
Nationwide, there are over 115,000 men, women and children currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplantation. About 1,400 of those patients are Indiana residents. On average, 22 people die every day because the organ they needed did not become available in time.
According to IMS, the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink has already made racing history with 118 Midget car entries, more than any previous USAC race. Tickets are available at IMS.com. Tim Clauson and his family will be available for interviews on Wednesday and Thursday, September 5 – 6, at the IMS dirt track. For additional information or for interview requests, please contact Mark Back at mback@INDonorNetwork.org.
Who: Tim Clauson and Driven2SaveLives BC39 drivers
What: Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink
When: Wednesday and Thursday, September 5 – 6, 2018
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dirt Track
Agenda: Wednesday, Sept 5: 4:00pm – Gates open 5:00pm – Hot Lap Sessions 7:15pm – Heat Races 9:00pm – Stoops Pursuit Race Thursday, Sept 6: 4:00pm – Gates open 5:00pm – Hot Lap Sessions 6:00pm – Qualifying Races 7:45pm – Main Races 9:30pm – Driven2SaveLives BC39 Feature Race
After competing in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Bryan Clauson set out to merge his two worlds of IndyCar and midget racing into one main event for race fans. The event: a dirt track race at the home of the greatest spectacle in racing – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
We are thrilled to announce our title sponsorship of the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC 39 Midget Race. The event will take place September 5-6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading into the Brickyard 400 weekend.
Dirt track fans across the country have embraced donation and transplantation since Driven2SaveLives expanded into dirt track racing in January 2017 to honor Bryan Clauson.
Clauson, a versatile and beloved driver best known for his talent and achievements in dirt track open-wheel racing, died in August 2016 following a race accident. As a registered donor, he went on to save five lives as an organ donor and continues to heal the lives of countless others as a tissue donor.
Driven2SaveLives aims to educate race fans on donation and to encourage them to register their donation decisions through the campaign.
Race fans can easily register at Driven2SaveLives.org.