INDIANAPOLIS – Another new Indy 500 entry is coming as it will be a standalone team. Yes, the team may have an alliance with an existing NTT IndyCar Series organization, but this new operation is a separate entity.
On Wednesday, Clauson-Marshall Racing will announce their plans for the Month of May which will include the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. The team is expected to announce Pippa Mann as the driver with Chevrolet power.
This will be their first entry in the ‘500 as the team is known formerly as Bryan Clauson Racing.
Unfortunately, Clauson lost his life in a midget crash during the 2016 Belleville Nationals. That year, Clauson was scheduled to race in 200 events around the world including the Indianapolis 500 in May, a race in which Mann was a teammate. He started 28th and finished 23rd that year.
Ever since that tragic time in August, his family has carried on honoring their son. Bryan, was an organ donor and the Driven 2 Saves Lives campaign was started to honor Clauson and Justin Wilson. Last year, they sponsored Wilson’s brother Stefan Wilson in the Indianapolis 500. The foundation also sponsored the inaugural USAC Midget race in the infield of the famed Indianapolis Motor speedway and will do so again this September as well.
Now, the racing team which was carried on by Clauson’s father Tim and his longtime sponsors Richard Marshall will enter and Indy Car.
The team actually began in 2008 with Bryan and his dad which allowed Clauson to to go back to his roots – Midgets and Sprint Cars. They pairing worked so well that Clauson won multiple National Midget championships (2010, 2013) as well as two Sprint Car titles (2012, 2013). He even won a Chili Bowl in that relationship too.
Another part of this team was to groom younger drivers. Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic, Spencer Bayston and others started off with the team and gave them an outlet to start their careers.
Now, the team opened a route for these drivers to head to Indy.