Clauson in 2012
June 15, 1989 |
Carmichael, California, U.S.
3-time USAC National Drivers Champion (2010, 2011, 2012)
2-time Turkey Night Grand Prix Winner (2009, 2010)
Non-winged Driver of the Year (2013)Chili Bowl winner (2014)
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|26 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||27th - 2008|
|First race||2007 Emerson Radio 250 (Richmond)|
|Last race||2008 Ford 300 (Homestead)|
|Statistics current as of February 4, 2012.|
Clauson made his USAC National Sprint Series debut just two days after his 16th birthday on June 17, 2005 at Limaland Motorsports Park, Ohio garnering a third place podium finish. On October 8, 2005, Clauson won the Open Wheel Oktoberfest Midget race at Columbus Motor Speedway, Ohio, becoming the youngest driver in USAC history to win a National feature event at 16 years, three months and 23 days of age. On August 12, 2006, Clauson recorded a historic USAC Sprint/Midget doubleheader "sweep" at Salem Speedway, Indiana winning both the 30-lap Midget race and 50-lap Sprint race held the same night, only the 24th such sweep in USAC history.
On August 31, Clauson scored his first career ARCA win at the Gateway International Raceway. Two months later he began competing in the NASCAR Busch Series, driving the #41 Memorex Dodge Charger for Chip Ganassi. He competed full-time during the 2007 season in the USAC National Sprint and Midget Series as part of the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable.
Despite his move to NASCAR, Clauson returned to his dirt-track roots on Jan. 12, racing in the Chili Bowl, an indoor Midget race in Tulsa, Okla., featuring some of the top names in racing, such as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Jason Leffler, Gary Scelzi, Cruz Pedregon, Bobby Santos III, Brett Hearn and Tim McCreadie. After starting the feature mid-pack, he finished fourth overall.
In 2008, Clauson started the season in the #41 Polaroid/Texaco Havoline Dodge for Ganassi in the Nationwide Series, but was replaced by Kyle Krisiloff. He then drove the #40 Fastenal entry for Ganassi, filling in for Dario Franchitti in select races. He won his 1st pole at Daytona in July, but was replaced full-time by Franchitti the week after.
He was set to make his Cup debut at the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway driving the #40 Target/MotorStorm: Pacific Rift Dodge but qualifying was rained out and the team, which did not have enough owner points, did not qualify. His second attempt at his Cup Series debut ended the same way at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Qualifying was rained out for the race on October 26, 2008; he would have driven the #40 Guitar Hero World Tour Dodge. In his first actual attempt at Texas, Clauson failed to qualify.
Clauson was supposed to drive the #40 in the Nationwide Series full-time in 2009, but the team shut down after Fastenal left the team. He won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in November.
Clauson joined the Tony Stewart Racing Silver Crown team in USAC 2010. During this season he was successful in winning the USAC National Midget championship for his own team, as well as the first-ever USAC National Drivers championship. Clauson earned a $300,000 scholarship to compete in all 6 Firestone Indy Lights oval races in 2011.
Clauson won the USAC Sprint Car Championship in 2012, and repeated in 2013.
Following the 2013 season, Clauson replaced Jerry Coons Jr. in the Joe Dooling/Rusty Kunz number 63 Westin Packaged Meats Esslinger powered Midget. On January 18, 2014, he won the famed Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Center, while teammate Michael Pickens, driving the number 63 Dooling Machine, Esslinger powered midget, flipped with 11 to go. Later that year, the Gold Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway were postponed after a 5 hour rain delay, the next day they resumed racing and he led all 25 laps of the race for his first Gold Crown Midget win, holding off Christopher Bell in the #71 KKM midget.
American open–wheel racing results
|2011||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||STP||ALA||LBH||INDY
|2012||Fan Force United||STP||ALA||LBH||INDY||DET||MIL
|2012||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing||Dallara DW12||Honda||STP
|2012||Dallara||Honda||31||30||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing|
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results|
|2008||Chip Ganassi Racing||40||Dodge||DAY||CAL||LVS||ATL||BRI||MAR||TEX||PHO||TAL||RCH||DAR||CLT||DOV||POC||MCH||SON||NHA||DAY||CHI||IND||POC||GLN||MCH||BRI||CAL||RCH||NHA||DOV||KAN||TAL||CLT
|NASCAR Nationwide Series results|
|2007||Chip Ganassi Racing||41||Dodge||DAY||CAL||MXC||LVS||ATL||BRI||NSH||TEX||PHO||TAL||RCH||DAR||CLT||DOV||NSH||KEN||MLW||NHA||DAY||CHI||GTY||IRP||CGV||GLN||MCH||BRI||CAL||RCH