CHIP GANASSI RACING DEVELOPMENT DRIVER BRYAN CLAUSON NOMINATED FOR RACER MAGAZINE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD CONCORD, N.C. (November 20, 2006) - Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver and USAC National Sprint and ...
CHIP GANASSI RACING DEVELOPMENT DRIVER BRYAN CLAUSON NOMINATED FOR RACER MAGAZINE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
CONCORD, N.C. (November 20, 2006) - Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver and USAC National Sprint and Midget Car Series star Bryan Clauson was recently nominated for RACER Magazine's Rookie of the Year Award which will be presented during this year's SPEED Performance Awards.
Clauson's nomination pits him against the best young talent motor racing has to offer worldwide, as evidenced by the selections of Marco Andretti (Indy Racing League), Colin Braun (Grand American), Dan Clarke (Champ Car), Denny Hamlin (NASCAR) and Robert Kubica (Formula One).
At just 16 years of age, Clauson (now 17) became the youngest driver in USAC history to win both a National Sprint Car Series and National feature Midget race-- topping a list of USAC's all-time greats including Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.
After an injury in September in Wheatland, Mo. sidelined him for the remainder of 2006, Clauson still finished in the Top 10 in both Sprint and Midget points. He also won selected USAC Regional Midget Car Series events in 2006.
The RACER Rookie of the Year winner will be featured in the April edition of the magazine. Beginning this week, SPEED will present nominees for the fan-vote categories, allowing viewers to vote for their favorites at SPEEDtv.com. The winners will be announced as part of a 60-minute special in February.
Also, CGRFS recently signed 16-year-old open wheel standout Brady Bacon to the team's driver development program. Bacon has been the feature driver at Keith Kunz Motorsports, filling in for Clauson as he continues to recover from his aforementioned accident. Bacon is the 2006 Southern Midget Racing Series champion, and recently finished third in the USAC National Sprint Car race in his first outing at Eldora Speedway in Ohio.