TULSA, Okla. – Bryan Clauson’s fifth annual Racers for Autism event returns this month to help kickoff the week of festivities at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.

This year’s event is back at its original venue: Cain’s Ballroom at 423 North Main Street in Tulsa on Sunday, Jan. 13. The event will run from 6-11 p.m.

The event emcee will be announcer and broadcaster Blake Anderson, while playing hosts will be three of Bryan’s close friends and competitors in reigning USAC National Sprint Car Series champion Tyler Courtney, two-time Chili Bowl Nationals winner Rico Abreu and five-time Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly.

 

A lot of fun will be had as the competitive trio of drivers will be roasting and ribbing one another throughout the evening. Fans and friends will have a chance to support their favorite driver or series, as these drivers compete to see who can raise the most money for the cause.

A large variety of unique racing collectibles and more will be up for bid via live and silent auctions, and a live painting by motionsports artist Bill Patterson will be featured. There will be free drinks, barbecue by The Pit Crew and music by Curb Records recording artist Tim Dugger.

Racers for Autism was originally created by four-time USAC champion and 2014 Chili Bowl winner Bryan Clauson, in partnership with his long-time car owner, Joe Dooling.

Over its first four years, Racers for Autism has raised more than $430,000 for the cause. The event originated after Clauson was inspired to host the event by his close friend and high school classmate Ben Hodgin.

Hodgin was diagnosed with autism at age of five. His parents were given a bleak outlook for Hodgin’s ability to develop communication skills and thrive as a young adult.

However, Hodgin’s passion for racing aided him in his development and continues to play an important role in his life today. Clauson understood the challenges Hodgin faced. He was always there to support, challenge & encourage Hodgin to step out of his comfort zone, and push himself just a little harder.

“Without Bryan, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today,” noted Hodgin. “I still miss him a lot.”

Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism is an event that Bryan’s family wanted to continue after his passing in August of 2016. Their hope is that the Racers for Autism will continue to honor Clauson’s legacy for years to come.

Clauson’s friendship with Hodgin has made a big difference in his life and the work done through Racers for Autism continues to impact the lives of many others challenged by autism spectrum disorder.

The event follows Sunday’s Chili Bowl Midget National practice and is open to all. Tickets are available for $50 per person at the door or online at https://one.bidpal.net/ racersforautism/ticketing.

All proceeds from the event benefit Today’s Champions – Empowering Those With Autism, a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization.

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