Wheatley, NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (December 28, 2016)
- The next phase
of the Clauson-Marshall Development program gets going in a big
way with Zeb Wise competing for the team in this week’s 32nd
Annual Tulsa Shootout at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.
Wise will race
under the Clauson-Marshall banner in both the Winged Outlaw and
Non-Wing Outlaw divisions atop the 1/5-mile indoor clay oval.
He will take on nearly 170 rivals in the Winged Outlaw ranks and
more than 230 competitors in the Non-Wing Outlaw division.
The next stage of
the Clauson-Marshall Development program was inevitable.
Bryan’s first love
was always auto racing and there were few things he enjoyed more
than sharing that love of the sport with others. He
especially took great pride in being able to share his love,
passion and experiences with the next generation of racer, be it
an 8-year-old quarter midget driver, a 600 driver ready to take
that next step up the rung on the racing ladder or a competitor
racing side-by-side with him for the win. Bryan knew that if he
could have an effect on the sport that might cause a driver,
crew member and family to share that love and respect, it could
have a greater impact on the sport as a whole.
Zeb Wise is a
natural fit for this stage of the Clauson-Marshall Development
program because he has come from the quarter midget venue which
we see as much more than a driver training ground, but more
importantly a place a kid can develop a love for the sport while
enjoying the social aspects of friends and family time.
Together we feel this creates a great balance between being a
racer and more importantly a kid growing up in a great family
“Bryan and I first
noticed Zeb and his family at one of the Gasoline Alley Quarter
Midget races we attended at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a
few years ago,” Tim Clauson explains. “What struck us was
that amongst the sea of toters and haulers, there was a father
and son working together out of a truck and a trailer and
honestly it reminded us of ourselves 15 years earlier.”
Wise kept their
“Over the past few
years we have continued to keep an eye on Zeb as he has
progressed from Quarter Midgets to The 600 program,” Clauson
continues. “This past summer Zeb came and spent Indiana
Sprint Week with us and when he left Bryan’s comment to me was
‘That is a kid we need to work with someday, he gets it.’ I am
excited to have Zeb as the first driver in our Clauson –
Marshall Development Program and we will make our debut at the
Tulsa Shootout running the CMR Development Driven Performance
Wise is chomping
at the bit for the opportunity with Clauson-Marshall Racing.
describe how excited I am to be part of the Clauson - Marshall
Development Program,” Wise says. “Bryan has always been a
mentor towards me and it's kind of been a dream of mine to be
like him when I grow up.”
Wise goes on to
say that, “To be the first Development driver is quite the
accomplishment in my racing career, and is awesome to help start
up this program. Just this past weekend I went to the PRI
show with Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall. I realized the
respect that everyone has for these two and it really amazed me.
Again, I'm very excited to be driving the CMR Development Driven
Performance #39 for Tim and Richard.”
Wise’s father Chad
shares his son’s enthusiasm. “We as family were very
excited when Tim called and wanted to meet. The drive to
Indy was a long one knowing this is exactly what Zeb has said he
has always wanted. Ever since Zeb meet Tim at the
brickyard and the time he spent with Bryan, Zeb knew this is who
he wanted to learn from. We are so excited to be
associated with Tim, Richard, Tyler and everyone at CMR.”
sees it as an ideal fit for the program as well.
“Zeb and his
family embody what Tim, Bryan and myself shared as the early
vision for this Team when we first began talking about doing
something together,” Marshall explains. “While getting to
spend time with him and his parents, I quickly gained respect
for their passion for the sport as a Family and their humility
and willingness to listen to Tim’s advice. Watching Zeb
test in a midget for the first time made me a believer.
His car control reminded me of a much more seasoned Midget
driver. Zeb’s focus and work ethic complete the recipe we
have been looking for. Having a front row seat to one of
Bryan’s dreams coming true is quite surreal. I am excited
to watch this young man develop, win races and show us what the
next generation has to offer the sport we all love.”
Wise gets a warm
welcome to the CMR family with this week’s Tulsa Shootout as the
team plans to allow him to continue to develop, sharing its
knowledge and experiences as he continues to work his way
towards his goals in racing.
Racing is proud to have Zeb and Chad introduce its Development
program at this year’s Tulsa Shootout driving the CMR
Development Driven Performance D1 39.
Development plans for 2017 will be announced in the near future.