IZOD IndyCar Series rookie driver Bryan Clauson loves to eat the Paradise Club sandwich at HoneyBaked Ham of Bloomington, Ind., and this May his favorite sandwich shop has stepped up to sponsor his No. 39 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing/RW Dallara/Honda/Firestone car in the Indianapolis 500.
HoneyBaked Ham of Bloomington has been a strong supporter of Clauson throughout his racing career, and the relationship will continue when Clauson debuts in the biggest race of his career.
“I had the privilege to sponsor Bryan in his Firestone Indy Lights car as well as his sprint and midget cars last year, and I am excited to be part of his IZOD IndyCar series debut with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in Indianapolis this month,” said Phil Randall, owner of HoneyBaked Ham of Bloomington. “Bryan is a very talented driver, and I’m looking forward to watching him perform in this year’s Indy 500!”
Clauson’s talent and hard work landed him the Indy 500 ride with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, but sponsors that have stood behind him for several years also played a pivotal role in getting to Indy.
“This Indy 500 program has a lot of continuity in sponsorship from cars I’ve driven in the past,” Clauson said. “I’m so glad they’ve stepped up to make this happen for me. To be able to add Phil and HoneyBaked Ham to that list is special.”
Randall is a life-long supporter of open-wheel racing, in which Clauson has excelled at many different levels as a multi-time USAC national champion.
“I have attended the Indianapolis 500 every year since 1971, and I’ve always been a huge open-wheel racing fan,” Randall said. “This sponsorship is a dream come true for me.”