Bryan Clauson, a three-time participant in the Indianapolis 500, died Sunday night after suffering injuries in a crash during a midget race in race in Kansas on Saturday.
Clauson, 27, was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, after being extracted from his car.
Clauson is seen on amateur video flipping numerous times before being hit by another driver.
“Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane,” a statement from Clauson’s family released by Indianapolis Motor Speedway read.
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“However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fan's day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans.”
Clauson was known to compete in any type of car from the midgets in which he was one of the top drivers around to open-wheeled IndyCars to stock cars.
Clauson not only competed at the Indy 500, but also drove in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
“NASCAR extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bryan Clauson, a passionate competitor whose love for racing fueled his unmatched positive spirit,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive VP said in a statement.
“He was a dear friend to many in the racing community, and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. He touched the lives of so many in our motorsports family, and his warm presence and relentless enthusiasm will be missed.”