Bryan Clauson’s family says he was an organ donor, helped save five people

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The racing community is mourning the loss of driver Bryan Clauson after he tragically died Sunday following a crash.

The 27-year-old Noblesville native was racing in Belleville, Kansas when his vehicle was pushed into a fence, rolled multiple times, and hit by an oncoming car. After crews spent a half hour removing him from the car, he was transported to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles announced Clauson passed away during a press conference on Monday morning.

Clauson’s family released a statement on Wednesday, thanking fans for prayers and concerns. They also said he gave them an unexpected gift while they were sitting with him in the hospital praying for good news.

“One of the gifts that Bryan gave us while we sat next to him praying for some good news, was the moment we found out he was an organ donor. It shouldn’t have surprised us. All of us have felt Bryan’s generosity throughout his life. The gift of life is the most amazing gesture and Bryan will live on not only through us and all the people he touched along the way, but from the lucky individuals that will benefit from Bryan making a decision to be a donor.

It was not lost on our family as we sat huddled around him, holding his hands, comforting him and each other, saying our last goodbye that five families were also sitting in a hospital room somewhere, comforting their loved one and each other while praying for a miracle that Bryan ultimately delivered for them.”

Clauson’s death comes nearly one year after IndyCar driver Justin Wilson who was killed in a crash at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Wilson’s death also brought attention to the importance of organ donation after his brother Stefan Wilson announced he saved the lives of six people.

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