Noblesville HS honors IndyCar driver Bryan Clauson

FILE - In a Saturday, May 21, 2016 file photo, Bryan Clauson, a driver for the May 29, 2016 Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race is shown after he qualified at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Clauson was seriously injured Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in an accident during the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals USAC midget race. He has been Airlifted to Lincoln, Neb., where he remains hospitalized Sunday. (AP Photo/Dave Parker, File)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind (WISH) – More than a month after his death, Noblesville High School is honoring one of its own for his work both on and off the racetrack.

Wearing a cap, racing uniform and leaning by a car, this is how most know Bryan Clauson. But it isn’t how everyone remembers him.

Deb Marcum is a world history teacher at Noblesville High School. She’s taught for 40 years, but there’s no denying she remembers the kid who loved to race.

“He was very humble,” Marcum said. “He did not flaunt the aspect that he was this famous race car driver, really already as a high school student.”

The district is showing how important he was to them. For the first time, the school named a homecoming grand marshal after someone who died. His family will even receive a plaque.

“You take for granted what they are doing for the community sometimes, and it was an opportunity for us to recognize the family and show our appreciation for Bryan’s representation of Noblesville,” Marcum said.

Clauson’s family moved to Noblesville in time for him to start at NHS.

Though he only attended NHS, he still had a hand in other schools in the district. This May, when he was busy getting ready for the Indy 500, he went to Promise Road Elementary School and talked to the kids about racing and the importance of staying in school.

No matter the success, Marcum said the young man with the big smile and brown eyes, will always be remembered for more than what he did behind the wheel. “He just loved racing, and he loved his community, so, good example,” Marcum said.

The high school has a sports wall of fame. Racing wasn’t a school sport, but teachers hope to one day see Clauson on it.

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