Family of late dirt-track racer says his organs donated to 5 others

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, considered the top dirt-track racer in the country, has died from injuries suffered in an accident at the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals USAC midget race. He was 27. His death was announced Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A statement from his family was read that said Clauson died Sunday evening, Aug. 7, 2016, and "fought to the end."(AP Photo/Dave Parker, File)

The family of dirt-track racer Bryan Clauson says his organs have been donated to five other people.

Clauson died after a crash in a Kansas race last weekend.

In a statement posted on the Twitter account of Bryan Clauson Racing on Wednesday, Clauson’s family members say they knew as they were saying their last goodbyes “that five families were also sitting in a hospital room somewhere, comforting their loved one and each other while praying for a miracle that Bryan ultimately delivered for them.”

They say he will live on in part through “the lucky individuals that will benefit from Bryan making a decision to be a donor.”

Clauson died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday following Saturday night’s crash at the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas.

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