Race on. It’s what Bryan Clauson would relate to his father Tim when faced with some of the darker moments in the sport. It’s what racers do, they continue to race on.
With that in mind, it comes as little surprise that Bryan Clauson Racing will continue on under the watch of Tim Clauson and team co-owner Richard Marshall under the new Clauson-Marshall Racing banner.
“I never had a doubt that I wanted to carry on what Bryan’s true passion was in his life and that was racing,” Tim Clauson commented. “Bryan and I had several conversations when tragic things happened in the sport and his opinion never wavered; ‘We race on. That’s what we do, we are racers’. “We both took great pride in working with young drivers and Bryan especially wanted to teach them the right way to race, and that was with respect and reverence for the sport. That is what we will carry on in his honor.”
Clauson continued on, “I have been overwhelmed with not only the love and compassion from our racing family, but also with what I have learned since August 7th. I’ve learned the great respect he had not only for the sport, but, more importantly, the people in the sport. My goal with this program is not only to win races, but more importantly to share the love and respect that Bryan had and showed to the sport. If we can help cultivate a generation of racers who share that vision, then I think Bryan would be proud.”
Richard and Jennifer Marshall have been more than sponsors to Bryan and the teams over the years, they have become family and now partners. Bryan and his teams have represented the Marshall Family through Priority Aviation from the small dirt tracks of the Midwest to the Indianapolis 500. Tim Clauson could not be prouder to partner with Richard and Jennifer to continue on Bryan’s legacy in the sport with Clauson-Marshall Racing, knowing that BC will guide their every move.
“I have long shared the passion for this sport with Tim and Bryan,” Marshall explains. “Bryan’s passing gave all of us a serious pause. Since then, Tim and I agreed that Bryan would want us to race on. We had a meeting of the minds and decided to move forward with our passion and Bryan’s dream. We could not be more excited to see this through with Clauson Marshall Racing!”
Bryan and Tim initiated Bryan Clauson Racing in 2008 with the idea of providing their knowledge and experience with drivers and families attempting to navigate their way through the sport while at the same time providing Bryan with an outlet to pursue the venue of motorsports that he loved most, Midget and Sprint Car racing. Along the way, the team met many of its goals including a pair of USAC National Midget championships and a USAC Sprint Car title along with three USAC Driver of the Year awards while also helping in the development of many younger drivers making their way through the ranks.
Bryan Clauson Racing had the honor of having some of the nation’s top drivers race out of its stable including the likes of Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic, Spencer Bayston and Kyle Larson among others. Bryan took great pride in the part that he was able to play in the development of the next generation of racers, while also providing an outlet for drivers like Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and Jason Johnson the opportunity to race the cars that Bryan loved the most.
Tyler began racing a Quarter Midget in 2007, at the age of seven. Courtney raced at the rank for a handful of years and moved on to the Micro Sprint level where he raced for another seven years. In 2010, Courtney – soon to be given the nickname “Sunshine” – began what would be two very influential and important years with Bryan Clauson Racing Incorporated. In 2011, Courtney competed in his first Chili Bowl Midget Nationals with BCI and his start in the B-Main on Saturday night earned him Rookie of the Year honors. Courtney credits his early opportunities in the sport to his friend and mentor, Bryan Clauson. Clauson helped Courtney get his foot in the door, but he also gave him the encouragement and knowledge he needed to excel when those opportunities arose.
In 2012, Tyler raced for a number of different Midget owners and teams before starting his own Sprint Car team at the end of the year. Starting his own team paid off as Courtney found victory lane for the first time in his career at Lincoln Park Speedway. Although his season was short, Courtney impressed enough people to earn the 2012 Hoosier Auto Racing Fans (HARF) Rookie of the Year award.
Tyler’s first full year in a Sprint Car came in 2013. He competed with the USAC National Sprint Car Series for the first time, finishing 9th in national points, and was awarded the Rookie of the Year award. Courtney picked up his first Winged Sprint Car win in the same year driving for Danny Smith at Atomic Speedway in Ohio.
The next couple years were a blur of different cars and different owners with no real stability for Courtney, but he kept after pursuing his dream of being a professional racecar driver.
Fast forward to 2016, when Courtney earned a ride with Topp Motorsports. Topp Motorsports gave Courtney the opportunity to race a Sprint Car (Winged and Non-Wing) full time. The team experienced much success their first year together and it was capped off with a win during Indiana Sprint Week at Gas City I-69 Speedway. At the end of the 2016 season, Courtney was chosen to drive a Midget with the newly formed Clauson-Marshall Racing team.
In 2017, Tyler returned to his roots and compete in all three USAC National Series’ and contend for two championships. He will return to race for Topp Motorsports in the No. 23c Sprint Car. Courtney, with the Topp Motorsports team, looks forward to continuing their success in the USAC National Sprint Car Series. This is the first year the Topp Motorsports team will contend for a USAC championship. Alongside the USAC Sprint Car Series, Courtney has joined the Clauson-Marshall Racing team to compete on the USAC National Midget tour in the No. 7BC Midget. The No. 7BC team has had early success winning the Junior Knepper 55 at the end of 2016, and winning a preliminary night at the 2017 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Also in 2017, Tyler will be racing a partial schedule with the USAC Silver Crown Series; running the dirt races for Wisconsin’s Hans Lien in his all black No. 97. When an open weekend arises, you can find “Sunshine” in a Winged Sprint Car with Topp Motorsports or in the Clauson-Marshall Racing Midget at various events across the country!
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Jerry Coons Jr.
Jerry is an American racecar driver. He currently competes in the United States Auto Club Sprint Car, Midget Car and Silver Crown divisions. He is one of only six drivers to win the USAC Triple Crown, with championships in the USAC Sprint Car, Midget, and Silver Crown divisions.
Jerry began his racing career at the age of five, driving quarter midgets with his father Jerry, Sr.
In the late 1980s, Coons began racing midget cars at the age of 14 in and around Arizona racetracks such as Manzanita Speedway, Raven Raceway, and El Paso Speedway Park. In 1987, he finished second in Arizona USAC Midget points, with one win at the Pima County Fairgrounds track and four second-place finishes.
In 1992, Jerry was named track champion at El Paso Speedway Park, with 475 points from nine races.
At the Belleville Midget Nationals in 1996, Jerry caught attention by winning the Friday night preliminary feature over Billy Boat, driving for car owner Rusty Kunz. He repeated as Friday night prelim winner at the same event in 1998 in the CED Motorsports car.
In 1998, Jerry moved from Arizona to Indianapolis and teamed up with CED Motorsports to begin racing more regularly. Later that year, he appeared in his first USAC Silver Crown races, including the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track and Eldora Speedway’s Four Crown Nationals.
Jerrys’ first USAC Sprint Car win came in the CED Motorsports #7c in 1999 in the Friday preliminary night for the Terre Haute National Open at the Terre Haute Action Track. He ran part-time in the series until 2005 when he joined Hoffman Dynamics in the #69 car and finished 7th in the standings with a win at Manzanita Speedway.
In 2010, he was named National Midget Driver of the Decade, starting 282 features and claiming 56 wins over the course of the decade including. Also during that decade, he won the USAC Midget championship in 2006 and 2007, and was named National Midget Driver of the Year (NMDOTY) in 2007. He reclaimed the NMDOTY title in 2012 with four feature wins including the $12,000-to-win Belleville Midget Nationals.
Jerry has wins in all three USAC series classes at Eldora Speedway’s Four Crown Nationals, winning in Silver Crown in 2007 and 2014, Sprint Cars in 2009, and Midgets in 2010. He is a two-time Hoosier Hundred winner at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Speedway in 2011 and 2012, as well as a two-time Hulman Classic winner at the Terre Haute Action Track in 2010 and 2013.
Chili Bowl record…
Between 1994 and 2018, Coons has seventeen main event starts in the Chili Bowl Nationals, with a best finish of 4th in 2009, 2010, and 2016.