It’s already been a month since Chili Bowl and race season is just about to get crazy! I can’t believe it! It seems like every year time starts moving faster and faster. It’s been awhile since I last wrote and A LOT has happened! Bryan has been to Australia and back, I started my new internship, the USAC Sprint Car season kicked off in Florida, and I managed to talk my way out of a speeding ticket.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to tag along to Australia with Bryan because I had to stay home and go to school. He had a lot of fun during his Australian vacation for two weeks and even found some time do to a little bit of racing! He continued his success from Chili Bowl winning the first two nights of racing down under and followed that with a 4th and 3rd place finish. Even though waking up at 4:00 in the morning isn’t very fun, I am thankful I was able to listen to and follow all of the action on social media. I know I’ve said it before, but I am so happy we’ve made such good friends with everyone involved with his team in New Zealand! Bryan drove the same car in Australia that he does in New Zealand, the 39USA owned by Brian and Annette Theobald. I’m sure Annette was the happiest person at the racetrack on the nights Bryan won! I was excited BC had such a good trip to Australia! They won some trophies and they got to take a couple victory lane pictures… What more could you want?! Brian and Annette are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and they really have a lot of fun being car owners so that makes the whole experience even more enjoyable for Bryan! Brian and Annette, if you’re reading this, thank you for everything you do for both of us!
While Bryan was in Australia I had an interview for an internship and I am happy to say I am working at Andretti Autosport! I am working as a Client Relations Associate, so I get to deal with sponsors of the four IndyCar teams. As a Marketing major who has a passion for racing this is pretty much my dream job! I am also working closely with Ryan Hunter-Reay’s charity, Racing for Cancer. Ryan lost his mom to cancer, so he is extremely passionate about his charity and raising awareness of the importance of early detection. Ryan and his wife Beccy host The Yellow Party, which is the biggest fundraising event for his charity. I am going to be helping plan and promote the Yellow Parties and I am really excited about this! Check out theyellowparty.org for information about the charity and events! The Yellow Party is on Twitter (@TheYellowParty) and Facebook too! Cancer has affected my family, and I’m sure too many of you can relate to this, so I have a strong connection to this cause. My Aunt Carol is a breast cancer survivor and she is currently battling bone cancer. She’s the toughest person I know, although extremely stubborn at times, and I admire her strength. I love her so much and I never take a chance to tell her for granted because I know were lucky to still have her here today! When we did the Chevy Clauson Breast Cancer Awareness shirts last October, that was for my Aunt Carol. We donated $2,500 to the American Cancer Society, not bad for a puppy! Chevy wanted me to tell everyone who purchased a shirt and/or donated money thank you again and to be on the look out for another Chevy shirt this summer! Unfortunately cancer is something that too many of us have been impacted by, so I am so happy to get to be a part of something that is doing such great things to raise money and awareness!
Bryan flew home yesterday from the USAC Sprint Car season opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Again, I couldn’t make the trip, but I was happy to have the live coverage thanks to USACRacing.tv! I made it home from school just in time Thursday night to catch the feature. BC was running second when he got a flat RR tire. He restarted 19th and worked his way back up to 7th. Friday night rained out and Saturday found Bryan, Brad, and Bob in victory lane with the TSR 20 for the first time in 2014! Even though I wasn’t there I still made it to victory lane! I rarely miss a photo op!
I am so excited for this sprint car season to get going. From the very first race in Ocala last year everyone made us feel right at home at TSR! Brad and Dody Mariscotti and Bob and Janice East were wonderful all last year and I can’t wait for this year! I have to admit that I was a little scared of Brad going into last year, but once he learned that I wasn’t going to get in his way, I knew what I was talking about when I talked racing, and I would offer him cupcakes whenever I had them, I think he kind of started to like me! I did learn a lesson early in the year last season: The Cheese Nips in the snack cabinet in the trailer are for Brad ONLY! I made the mistake of eating all the Cheese Nips at Brownstown in March and I quickly learned those were Brad’s to eat in case of emergency, like when he gets nervous or stressed out.
Bryan and I sat down one night and wrote out his entire schedule on the calendar… 132 races (counting the ones he has already ran in 2014). I was happy to see all the winged sprint car races that were put on the calendar! The schedule (through August because my fingers got tired of typing at that point) is posted at http://www.bryanclauson.com. Bryan is leaving on Wednesday to head to Arizona to kick off his winged sprint car season at Cocopah Speedway with ASCS in the Buffalo Wild Wings 82! I have to give a shout out to RacinBoys for having live pay-per-view this weekend! For all of you stuck at home like me, you should check it out! http://www.racinboys.com/broadcast-schedule/
While Bryan is enjoying the warm weather in Arizona and Las Vegas, I’ll be here in Indiana counting down the days until Spring! Oh yeah, about that avoided speeding ticket… the speed limit on I-465 is 55 mph! Take that as my small piece of life advice and keep that in mind when you’re in Indy. I have procrastinated and avoided studying for my Advertising and Promotion Management test as long as I could, so I should probably go get started on that! Thanks for reading!