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IndyCar driver Bryan Clauson's family says his organs went to five patients

Posted at 3:44 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 20:51:50-04

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- While the family of IndyCar driver Bryan Clauson continues to mourn his sudden death, they say they've found comfort knowing five other families are celebrating a final gift he gave them.

In a post on Clauson's official Facebook page, the driver's family says they learned while he was in the hospital that he was an organ donor.

Although Clauson did not ultimately pull through, his organs went to five patients in need.

"One of the gifts that Bryan gave us while we sat next to him praying for some good news, was the moment we found out that he was an organ donor," Clauson's family wrote. "It shouldn’t have surprised us. All of us have felt Bryan’s generosity throughout his life. The gift of life is the most amazing gesture and Bryan will live on not only through us and all the people he touched along the way, but from the lucky individuals that will benefit from Bryan making a decision to be a donor."

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Clauson died Sunday night from injuries sustained in a crash at the 39th annual Belleville Nationals in Kansas.

A Noblesville resident, Clauson was considered the nation's top short-track dirt-car driver. He won four USAC national championships and was participating in his 116th race of the season on Saturday night.

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Read the full post from his family below: