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Bryan Clauson to be inducted into National Sprint Car Hall of Fame

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The late Bryan Clauson will posthumously receive one of the greatest honors of his racing career.

Clauson will be one of eight individuals to be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. The 29th annual ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 2, in Knoxville, Iowa.

Clauson died August 7, 2016, from injuries sustained in a crash in a midget car race the night before in Belleville, Kansas. He was 27.

Clauson is one of three drivers that will be part of the eight inductees. Here is what the Hall said of Clauson in the official statement:

“Despite passing at the age of 27, Bryan’s impact on sprint car racing was already indelible. He was a two-time USAC sprint car champion and Driver of the Year. He won 41 USAC National sprint car features, and was a two-time Indiana Sprint Week Champion.

“After switching to wing racing, he held wins with the All Stars, the National Sprint League, ASCS and on Friday night at the Knoxville Nationals, one of the two years that he put himself in the Knoxville Nationals championship race. Bryan would also qualify for the Indianapolis 500 three times.”

During his racing career, Clauson won:

  • 3 USAC National Midget Series championships (2010, 2011, 2015).
  • 3 USAC National Drivers Champion honors (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 2 USAC National Sprint Car Series Champion (2012, 2013)
  • Non-winged Driver of the Year (2013)
  • Won the Chili Bowl (2014)
  • 3-time Belleville Midget Nationals Champion (2009, 2010, 2015)
  • 2-time Turkey Night Grand Prix Winner (2009, 2010)

Clauson will join Pennsylvania legend Lance Dewease and Florida racer David Steele as those chosen to be inducted into the Hall under the Drivers category.

Inductees honored under the Owners, Mechanics, Builders, Manufacturers and Car Builders category are Scott Gerkin and Emmett J. Malloy.

Those chosen for Promoters, Officials, Media Members and Event/Series Sponsors are Steve Beitler and photographer Bob Mays.

Lastly, the final inductee – under the pre-1945 category – is Oscar Dwain “Red” Garnant.

“This year’s inductee group is another testament to the hard work put in by our 72-member National Induction Committee,” National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation executive director Bob Barker said in a media release. “We are really looking forward to our 29th induction banquet on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa.”

The Sprint Car Hall of Fame was established in 1990 and has inducted 382 members, including this year’s class.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.