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Speedway, IN — Bryan Clauson took to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today during a testing day for the Indy Lights series. Clauson ended up 14th in the session after taking his first laps around the Speedway in competition.
“It was unbelievable. I’ve drove around this place and dreamed of being here. There’s nothing that will ever describe rolling down the front straightaway for the first time. It was an unbelievable feeling and definitely a lot of nervousness the first few laps. But it was a lot of fun and learned a lot today.”
Clauson’s first race in the Indy Lights series will be the Freedom 100 on May 27th during Carburetion Day. Winning the USAC Triple Crown championship last season for being the top performer in the United States Auto Club National Divisions gave Clauson the opportunity to drive in the Lights series in hope of eventually getting an USAC short track star back to the Indianapolis 500
” I still have a lot of learning to do before we come back in a couple of weeks. I’m really excited about this opportunity. This is something that I’ve dreamed of for a long time and have been looking forward to since Randy (Bernard) and the league announced they were putting this program together, and I hadn’t even won it yet. I was real excited for whomever was going to win it, and I was fortunate enough to win it. It definitely carries a little pressure going back to being one of the first American open-wheel short-track guys to come back through without any road experience. Even though I’m only doing the ovals, it seems like road courses breed Indy-car drivers. So to be one of the first dirt guys to come back through the ranks, that definitely carries a little bit of pressure on me. But that’s why we’re here. That’s why we drive, for the pressure and to come here and do our job.”