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Clauson Preps for Indy 500 in Elk Grove Ford Race Car

May 21, 2015

Clauson Preps for Indy 500 in Elk Grove Ford Race Car

On May 24, Bryan Clauson will be behind the wheel of the Matt Wood Racing #17w race car, sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. Clauson holds the 33rd position in this Sunday’s race, where he figures to be a threat to win due to the championship experience he’s accumulated at a young age.  

The 2015 Indy 500 will be the second Clauson has started in his ten-year professional career. Making his debut at the age of 16, Clauson became the youngest driver to win a National feature event in USAC history when he finished first at the Open Wheel Oktoberfest Midget race. Now 25, Clauson is one of the most decorated drivers in USAC history, with 66 career victories and several championships to his name.

Since his debut in 2005, the Indiana-born racing driver has enjoyed the following career highlights:

  •       2-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion
  •       2-time USAC National Midget Series Champion
  •       3-time USAC National Drivers Champion
  •       2-time Turkey Night Grand Prix Winner
  •       2012 Indy 500 Qualifier
  •       2014 Chili Bowl Champion

With over 140 total career wins to his name, Clauson decided it was time to embrace a new challenge. In 2015, Clauson joined the Matt Wood Racing’s team to become a full-time participant in the National Sprint League Series. Clauson will participate in the Indy 500 for Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.

In an interview for Motor Racing Network, Clauson expressed his enthusiasm to be a part of the Matt Wood Racing’s team. 

“This is really a perfect fit, at least on my end,” said Clauson. “They have really good equipment, and they have a good team put together. I would say racing with the NSL is a good opportunity to learn, but it’s as tough a lineup as any 410 series right now. We get to go to tracks a couple times, and that will be good for me as I learn the wing stuff.”

Despite his youth, Clauson should make a strong showing with the help of his support team and a quality, race-ready vehicle like the Elk Grove Ford/Matt Wood Racing #17w. Stay tuned to this space for future #17w racing updates!

Everyone here at Elk Grove Ford is proud to support Bryan in his attempt to win the Indy 500. While we all can’t be expert racecar drivers like he is, you can certainly cruise the streets in style with an Elk Grove Ford vehicle. Race on over to our dealership on 9645 Auto Center Drive to see the great new and pre-owned cars, trucks and SUVs we have in store for you! 

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