Clauson Lands 2015 Indy 500 Ride
INDIANAPOLIS – Jonathan Byrd’s Racing has announced that multi-time USAC champion Bryan Clauson will drive for the team during the 2015 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I’m extremely excited to be headed back to the Indy 500. Getting back on track at IMS is something I’ve been working toward since the end of the 2012 race, and I can’t thank the Byrd family enough for giving me this opportunity,” Clauson said. “The Byrd family has a tremendous history not only at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but also among the short track community as well. To add my name to an impressive list of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing drivers that includes guys like Rich Vogler and Stan Fox is an honor. With what I learned from my previous Indy 500 experience, along with a full year to prepare, I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”
Clauson entered the 2012 Indianapolis 500 driving for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, starting 30th and finishing 31st after an early spin. Clauson owns multiple USAC championships, including two AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series championships and two Honda USAC National Midget Series championships.
“Not only is Bryan going to be our Indy 500 driver next year, it’s our intention that he be our Indy 500 driver for the next 15 years,” said Jonathan Byrd II, elder son of the late Jonathan Byrd. “He is a great fit for our brand, and we hope to be in the BC business for many years to come. In addition to Bryan driving the Jonathan Byrd’s IndyCar, we will also be supporting him in all of his racing efforts, and look forward to seeing him continue his winning ways and ‘parking it right down in the circle’ time and again while wearing the Jonathan Byrd’s logo.
“Amazingly, Bryan is scheduled to race more than 130 times in 2014, and we want to see him continue doing that for years to come. With his seven USAC championships and fifty-five career USAC wins at the ripe old age of twenty-four, Bryan is a throwback to Rich Vogler, which increases our level of excitement that much more. We have little doubt that he will add the title of Indy 500 champion to his resume.”
Jonathan Byrd’s has been involved in racing for decades as a sponsor, but they also began fielding entries in the annual Indianapolis 500 in 1985. The team fielded an entry for Rich Vogler that year, earning a 23rd-place finish after a crash in turn one.
The team continued to field cars regularly until 2001 when Jaquez Lazier drove for the team at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing 22nd.
The Byrd name returned to the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 thanks to a partnership with Panther Racing, creating Byrd Brothers/Panther Racing with Buddy Lazier as the driver. Lazier scored a fifth-place finish in what turned out to be the most recent appearance for the Byrd family at IMS.