Indy 500: Lap 100 dedicated to late racer, organ donor Bryan Clauson

PURPOSE 2 PLAY | Kim Constantinesco
Lap number 100 of Sunday’s Indy 500 was dedicated to Bryan Clauson, the dirt track hero and three-time Indy 500 competitor who died in August at 27 years old during an accident on the track.

Tragically, Clauson was struck in the head by a piece of debris from another car at the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas.

As he was on life support last summer, his family learned that he signed up to be an organ donor. Although the decision to let Clauson go was extremely difficult, they knew in some sense, his life would be carried out by someone else.

Actually, that “someone else” turned out to be five other people including Dan Alexander, an Army veteran and father of five who received Clauson’s heart.

“It’s not every day that someone dies for you, and you continue to live because of the sacrifice he made,” Alexander said.

In April, Alexander had the chance to meet Clauson’s parents and sister for the first time as documented by SportsCenter Featured, and it’s well worth the watch. Continue reading

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