Driven2SaveLives Expands Into Dirt Track Racing In Honor of Bryan Clauson
TULSA, Okla. – Indiana Donor Network announced today it is teaming up with Clauson-Marshall Racing to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation through Driven2SaveLives®. The campaign, which launched in 2016 around the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, is now expanding into dirt track racing with the hopes of registering fans to become donors in honor of the late Bryan Clauson.
The announcement came from the pits of Tulsa Expo Raceway, home to the sport’s biggest race of the year and Bryan’s favorite, the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Bryan was a versatile and beloved race car driver, best known for his talent and achievements in dirt track open-wheel racing. Bryan died in August 2016 following an accident in the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. As a registered donor, Bryan saved five lives as an organ donor and will enhance the lives of countless others as a tissue donor.
“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 new partnership means the Driven2SaveLives campaign will have a presence at dirt track races around the country in 2017. Indiana Donor Network, one of 58 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the U.S., will activate the campaign alongside Donate Life America and counterpart OPOs to spread the lifesaving and healing message of donation and transplantation. LifeShare of Oklahoma is joining Indiana Donor Network at the Chili Bowl Nationals to share Bryan’s story and to help people become registered donors.
“The work we do within the donation and transplantation community is both a privilege and a responsibility – we get to make a difference,” said Kellie Hanner, president and chief executive officer at Indiana Donor Network. “Driven2SaveLives gives race fans a platform to talk about donation and transplantation. This means that everyone who helps to spread this campaign’s message not only gets to honor the donation decision but also gets to be a part of Bryan’s lasting legacy.”
Clauson-Marshall Racing will have six drivers competing in the Chili Bowl: Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana; Shane Golobic of Fremont, California; Jason Johnson of Eunice, Louisiana; Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota; and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch, Mississippi. The sixth driver has yet to be announced. The cars and driver suits will carry Driven2SaveLives branding.
Driven2SaveLives initially started as a partnership between Indiana Donor Network, Stefan Wilson and KV Racing Technology. The goal was to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation around the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, in honor of Stefan’s late brother, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. Justin died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. As a registered donor, he saved five people with his gift of life.
More than 120,000 people nationwide are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
In the U.S., another person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.
Each day, 22 people on average in the U.S. die because a donated organ wasn’t made available in time.
Approximately 90 percent of Americans support organ donation, yet only 50 percent are registered.
You can register to become an organ, tissue and eye donor here.
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2017 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Schedule Released
Belleville, IL - The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series kicks off the 2017 season with a 29 event schedule, starting at the fifth annual Turnpike Challenge on March 24th and 25th at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma, co-sanctioning with the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series.
2017 will continue to feature the thrilling events the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series has become known for, including three appearances at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri, with the first on April 22nd. The Iron Man Weekend on August 4th and 5th will continue to feature the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, co-sanctioned with the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series. All three events will host POWRi alongside the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.
New for 2017, POWRi will visit Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois on Thursday, April 27th in the event dubbed Throwback Thursday. Route 66 Raceway shares the same hallowed ground as the famed Chicagoland Speedway and the Route 66 Dragstrip.
One of the many doubleheader weekends POWRi has become known for, the month of May will again kick off with the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals weekend at Valley Speedway on May 5th and round out the weekend with the annual appearance at the title-sponsor owned Lucas Oil Speedway, labeled the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks," on May 6th. The Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals will be tri-sanctioned, alongside the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget Series, and the newly formed POWRi Lucas Oil Allstar Midget Series.
Instead of the solo swing out West for the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals, the National Midgets will follow up the first weekend in May with a grand finale at Valley Speedway on July 14th and 15th for the first annual Thunder in the Valley. Thunder in the Valley will also be tri-sanctioned.
For the sixth year, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series will again host Illinois SPEED Week, with four nights of racing. Fairbury American Legion Speedway will anchor the opening night of Illinois SPEED Week on Thursday, June 1st. The series will then head to Jacksonville Speedway on Friday, June 2nd before Macon Speedway on Saturday, June 3rd. Illinois SPEED Week will then conclude on Sunday, June 4th at Lincoln Speedway.
After Illinois SPEED Week, racing will resume at Belle-Clair Speedway for the doubleheader Belle-Vegas Bash and Arnie Knepper Memorial on June 30th and July 1st. In addition to the Knepper Memorial, three other events will honor those who have contributed to the rich history of midget racing, including the Camfield Memorial at Macon Speedway on August 19th, as well as the Charlene Meents Memorial presented by Priority Aviation on September 29th and 30th at Belle-Clair Speedway.
Also on the docket for 2017, the 36th Annual Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway will take place on July 9th. Other standout events include the annual appearance at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois on May 20th and the Southern Illinois Shootout on September 16th, the first showing of sanctioned midget racing on the high-banked Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Illinois.
The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series will again end their 2017 tour at the fifth annual Jason Leffler Memorial on October 20th at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois. The fifth annual Jason Leffler Memorial continues to feature midget racing's largest payday, while honoring the late Jason Leffler and benefiting his son, Charlie Dean.
A printable schedule can be found under the "Schedule" tab for each division. For further information, visit www.powri.com, "Like" POWRi on Facebook and follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter.
Fri, March 24* Port City Raceway - Turnpike Challenge
Sat, March 25* Port City Raceway - Turnpike Challenge
Fri, April 21 Belle-Clair Speedway
Sat, April 22 I-55 Raceway - With the World of Outlaws
Thu, April 27 Route 66 - Throwback Thursday
Fri, May 5*+ Valley Speedway - MO Mid-State Midget Nationals
Sat, May 6*+ Lucas Oil Speedway - MO Mid-State Midget Nationals
Fri, May 12 Jacksonville Speedway - Midwest Season Opener
Sat, May 13 Macon Speedway - Midwest Season Opener
Sat, May 20 Fayette County Speedway
Thu, June 1 Fairbury Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Fri, June 2 Jacksonville Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Sat, June 3 Macon Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Sun, June 4 Lincoln Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Fri, June 30 Belle-Clair Speedway- Belle Vegas BASH
Sat, July 1 Belle-Clair Speedway - Knepper Memorial
Sun, July 9 Angell Park Speedway - Pepsi Nationals
Fri, July 14*+ Valley Speedway - Thunder In The Valley
Sat, July 15*+ Valley Speedway - Thunder In The Valley
Fri, Aug 4 * I-55 Raceway - Iron Man 55
Sat, Aug 5 * I-55 Raceway - Iron Man 55
Sat, Aug 19 Macon Speedway - Camfield Memorial
Fri, Sept 8 Jacksonville Speedway - Herb Barlow Memorial
Sat, Sept 9 Spoon River Speedway - Tom Knowles Memorial
Sat, Sept 16 Southern Illinois Raceway - Southern Illinois Shootout
Fri, Sept 29 Belle-Clair Speedway - Meents Memorial
Sat, Sept 30 Belle-Clair Speedway - Meents Memorial
Sat, Oct 14 Jacksonville Speedway
Fri, Oct 20 # Wayne County Speedway - Jason Leffler Memorial
Co-Sanction - *POWRi West, +Allstars, # USAC
OPEN WHEEL EXTRAVAGANZA COMES TO Du QUOIN'S SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER ON FEB. 18
The first ever indoor event in the history of USAC's IMRA and Midwest Thunder Midget series comes to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The racing extravaganza at the Mini Magic Mile features a full-slate of racing with two separate events in one single day. The morning's racing program includes complete shows for the Winged Outlaw Karts, Pro Clone 350+ Go-Karts and Junior 2 Go-Karts. Morning practice for the three classes begins at 8:30am (CT) with the day's first of two programs scheduled to conclude around 2:30pm.
After an intermission and a rework of the track surface, the afternoon session begins with hot laps at 5:30pm and includes two classes from USAC's Speed2 Midget division: IMRA and the Midwest Thunder Midget Championship as well as 600cc Winged Micro Sprints.
Load-in day for all cars takes place one day prior to the race on Friday, Feb. 17 from 2-6pm.
Purse structures as well as ticket prices, pit pass prices and pre-entry information will be announced in the coming days.
The Midwest Thunder Midgets and IMRA Midgets began their first seasons under USAC sanction in 2016 with Gage Etgen taking the MTM title and Jeff Mallonee capturing the IMRA crown.
The Feb. 18 program will be the sixth appearance of a USAC-sanctioned event at the one-sixth-mile dirt track located adjacent to the legendary one-mile dirt oval in which the USAC Silver Crown Championship competes at each year in the "Ted Horn 100."
A pair of Ford Focus Midget events in 2005 were USAC's first appearances at the SIC and, in recent years, the USAC National Midgets have competed in December's "Junior Knepper 55" and March's "Shamrock Classic." The 2017 "Shamrock," scheduled for Saturday, March 18, kicks off this year's USAC National Midget schedule.
The USAC-promoted event that will be conducted by Levi Jones, George Gass and Tom Via is the first of its kind at the SIC featuring five classes of cars on one racetrack in one day.
"It's an exciting opportunity to bring all these open wheel classes together under one roof and provide a showcase event to begin the 2017 USAC season in the Midwest," Jones said.
For all inquiries regarding the event, contact Levi Jones at the USAC office at (317) 247-5151 or Aaron "George" Gass at 618-402-5020.