Bryan Clauson pulling "double duty" at Iowa
This weekend at Iowa Speedway, the drivers of the IZOD IndyCar series drivers will each be competing in two races, owing to the unique “heat race” format that is being incorporated into IndyCar qualifying as an homage to the American tradition of Saturday night short-track racing. There is one other driver that will also be pulling “double duty” this weekend, but he’ll be doing it in two completely different types of racing machines.
Fan Force United’s Bryan Clauson, who made his Indianapolis 500 debut last month, will not only be piloting the #24 Fan Force United machine in the Firestone Indy Lights Sukup 100 on Saturday evening, but on Friday evening, following Indy Lights qualifying and the IndyCar series heat races, Bryan will take to the track behind the wheel of the Toyota-powered Keith Kunz Motorsports #67, in an attempt to score his second USAC National Midget series win of the season.
Bryan, who will carry the colors of AMG, West Point Financial Group, and Jonathan Byrd’s into Indy Lights competition for the second week in a row, has enjoyed considerable success in the USAC ranks. He is the youngest winner of a National Midget event in the history of USAC, scoring his first win in 2005 at the age of 16. The following season he took “rookie of the year” honors in the USAC National Midget series. In both 2010 and 2011, Bryan took the USAC National Midget series crown (joining company with Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne) which also served to vault him to the place of USAC National Drivers Champion in both of those seasons.
As the USAC National Drivers Champion honor was first awarded in 2010, Bryan is the first and only man to hold this title. With over 30 USAC National feature wins to his credit (in Silver Crown, Sprint Car & Midget competition), and with wins on tracks both dirt and paved, short and long, Bryan has proven himself to be one of the most skilled-and accomplished oval-track racers in the world today, though he only recently celebrated his 23rd birthday.
With this weekend’s visit to the Iowa Speedway, Bryan returns to one of his favorite tracks, as he has run there in a number of different types of both open-wheeled and fendered cars. The breadth and diversity of Bryan’s experience at Iowa Speedway is unparalleled, which should serve him well in what is, for him, with races in only two different types of cars, a relatively limited program.
In 2010, Bryan pulled “triple duty” at the Iowa Speedway, racing all three USAC National series races on the same day, securing a win in the USAC Sprint car race. In 2011, Bryan changed up his roster of racecars for Iowa Speedway while still doing triple duty, substituting a Firestone Indy Lights car for his Sprint car, and scoring his best career Indy Lights result, landing on the podium with a 3rd place finish in just his 3rd Indy Lights start.
Fan Force United, along with Genuity, Agrigold, and Ag Marketing Partners, looks forward to joining Bryan in paying another visit to Iowa’s victory lane this weekend, and is excited to be able to offer their support and encouragement to him as he pursues another USAC National Midget win.
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