Clauson Marshall Racing to field Pippa Mann in 2019 Indy 500

USAC sprint car and midget team, Clauson-Marshal Racing, will be entering the 103rd Indy 500 as a rookie team with veteran Indianapolis driver PIppa Mann at the helm of the teams seat.

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Clauson Marshall Racing to field Pippa Mann in 2019 Indy 500
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USAC racing and IndyCar racing go hand in hand, especially if you were around anywhere from the 1950s to 1990s. 

 Back in the 50s and 60s if you could wheel yourself on dirt tracks in the United States in either a sprint car or a midget, odds are you got some form of oppurtunity to race at Indianapolis. The tradition carried on all throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s. In the 90s however the sport saw a sudden change from what it once was, a race schedule filled with road and street circuits and much less domestic drivers in the field, and with it less dirt drivers getting rides for the Brickyard. 

 But whats that old saying the more things change? Or what is old is new again. 

 Well it appears that the saying is quite true when it comes to a team that will make their Indy 500 debute and IndyCar debute for this manner this May. 

 Nonother than Clauson-Marshall Racing, a team based in Indiana that fields several Midgets and a Sprint Car in USACs national Midget and Sprint Car championship. Run by Tim Clauson, who's son Bryan Clauson was a multiple time acheiver in dirt racing including winning, 3 USAC National Midget championships, 2 USAC National Sprint Car championships, 2 Turkey Night Grand Prix wins and the 2014 Chili Bowl Nationals win. And also featuring Clausons business and team partner is Richard Marshall. 

 After tragic death of Bryan Clauson during a midget race in Nebraska when Clauson's car flipped over and was struck by another car, the duo formed the team to race in his honor and make sure his spirit lives on. 

 Clauson-Marshall Racing has seen lot's of success in USAC including coming off a championship season in the National Sprint Car series in 2018 with driver and friend if Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney. 

 Now the teams is looking at taking the next big step for racers in Indiana now and just like then, The Indianaplolis 500. There has been an technical alliance with AJ Foyt Racing for Clauson-Marshall to field a Chevrolet powered Dallara for multi time Indy 500 starter, Pippa Mann. Mann tried qualifying for last years Indy 500 but was bumped by Conor Daly on the final day of qualifying.  

 The team's main sponsor, Driven 2 Save Lives, will also support the Indy 500 effort for the month of may. D2SL is an organization that was formed by the Indiana Organ Doner and IndyCar driver Stefan Wilson in 2016, as a way to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplation. 

 "Merging our dirt programs with the Indy 500 is very important to our future" Tim Clauson told IndyCar. "If you race, no matter what you're racing, the dream is to be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We got to do that with the dirt track team in the BC39 last year. We've talked about an Indy 500 entry, but now it's just become a little more real. As everyone talked about it, and worked through the whole process, it all came together. 

 The team is planing on making essentially a yellow brick road that would lead straight from USAC dirt tracks, right to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and trying to give talented USAC drivers like Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom, who's dream it is to run the 500, a better steping stone. 

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