Versatile race car driver Bryan Clauson died Sunday following injuries sustained in a hard crash at Saturday night’s Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas, his family announced Monday. He was 27.

"This is truly one of the darkest days in the 60-year history of the United States Auto Club," USAC CEO Kevin Miller said. "Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC champions, we've lost a true ambassador for all of motor sports."

Just after taking the lead on Saturday night, Clauson climbed a guard rail between Turns 3 and 4 and flipped “heavily” before being struck by a car driven by Ryan Greth, according to USAC's Twitter account. The race continued after a red flag period and was won by Chad Boat.

Clauson ran in three Indianapolis 500 races - including this May for the 100th running, where he finished 23rd - and had a brief NASCAR Xfinity Series career, but he was best known for his talent in the dirt racing world.