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