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home : columnists : columnists August 23, 2017

3/31/2017 4:00:00 AM
Historical marker will honor driver
Photo providedThe legacy of Noblesville Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson will be honored when an historical marker is unveiled on April 8 at Noblesville’s Forest Park.
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The legacy of Noblesville Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson will be honored when an historical marker is unveiled on April 8 at Noblesville’s Forest Park.

By Betsy Reason

While the late Noblesville Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson traveled the world in racing, it was Noblesville where he called home.

Courtney's Kitchen and Forest Park were two places he loved in Noblesville. So it's no surprise when the Indiana Racing Memorial Association announced this week that Courtney's will serve up food for next weekend's unveiling of an historical marker in Forest Park honoring Clauson's legacy.

The Association's co-founder Brian Hasler will present the honor at 1:30 p.m. April 8 at Forest Park's Shelter No. 5. It's open to the community and planned to coincide with fans headed to the USAC Midget Kokomo Grand Prix, which is later that evening at Kokomo Speedway, Clauson's favorite place to race, the champion best known in dirt-track, open-wheel racing, once told me.

Former Noblesville resident, television and radio sports announcer Bob Jenkins, known for calling IndyCar telecasts, will be among the speakers who also include Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, and racers and family.

Whenever we dine at Courtney's Kitchen in downtown Noblesville, we find memories of the late Clauson, who died at age 27, following a deadly crash at Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas in August 2016.

Sibling owners Carrie and Cass Courtney often welcomed Clauson to their restaurant, a place that the racecar driver and his fiancé Lauren Stewart, came to love. The Courtneys have named their Tuesday night spaghetti special, "Clauson's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti."

A quote from USAC's Richie Murray, written with a Sharpie on a dinner plate, also hangs on the wall at the eatery and describes Clauson as a "shooting star," who was "only here a short amount of time," but with who left us with "a legacy that will forever shine."

Forest Park is a place dear to the hearts of his parents, Diana and Tim Clauson. Diana is heading up the third annual Noblesville dog trot on April 30 at Forest Park that will bring awareness to organ and tissue donations. A registered organ donor, her son donated his organs and saved five lives and enhanced the lives of more than 75 people through tissue donation, following his death. Bryan's dogs, Chevy and Stewart Clauson, will be the ambassadors of the walk, "Strut 2 Save Lives," which I wrote about in Wednesday's edition of The Times. All registrations before April 1 will be entered into a drawing to win a spa day for owner and pup. Register online at "BC Strut 2 Save Lives" Facebook page.

Sponsors are also sought.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com. Read more about the dogs and the Clauson family in an upcoming column.

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