Top US racing driver dies from crash injuries

Bryan Clauson
Bryan Clauson

Top US dirt-track driver Bryan Clauson has died from injuries suffered in an accident while racing.

The 27-year-old's death was announced on Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A statement from his family said Clauson died on Sunday evening and "fought to the end".

Clauson was leading the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals USAC midget race on Saturday night when he crashed while overtaking lapped traffic.

His car rolled and was hit by another competitor. He was airlifted to a hospital in Nebraska, and died surrounded by his family.

Clauson was on pace to compete in 200 races this year. He had 27 victories in 116 starts, and led three laps in the Indianapolis 500 in May.

A four-time USAC national champion, Clauson was aiming to become the driver with the most victories in series history.