The 24-year-old Clauson is two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion, two-time USAC National Midget Champion, two-time National Midget Driver of the Year and 2012 Indy 500 starter for Sarah Fisher Racing. The driver from nearby Noblesville, Indiana is also a former ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver. Clauson was the runner-up to Landon Cassill for 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. He scored an ARCA win in 2007 at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis in 2007 and had four top-five finishes in six starts for Ganassi that season.
“Though we had originally intended to return for the 100th running of the Indy 500 in 2016, which would also have been the 20th anniversary of our track record with Arie Luyendyk, the announcement of our plans was met with such enthusiasm in so many different ways and from so many different directions, we decided that it did not make any sense to wait until 2016 and that we needed to move our program forward by a year,” Mrs. Byrd said.
It’ll be an even more diverse 500 field in 2015, assuming guys like Montoya and Aleshin stick around.