Tom Klausler

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Tom Klausler (born July 14, 1945, St. Paul, Minnesota), is a retired American race car driver. He competed in the CART Championship Car series and in SCCA's Can-Am series.


Racing career

Klausler started racing in a Corvair in 1968. After racing in the car for 4 years, he moved into a Formula Ford single-seater. [1] He moved into a Formula Atlantic racecar in 1973. [1] He won the Formula Atlantic race that year at Circuit Trois-Rivières and won that race again in 1974. [1] He had another win in 1974 at Road America, [2] and his finish close behind Bill Brack for the series championship. [3] In 1975, the Formula Atlantic series formed a separate U.S. series that did not conflict with the original series. [3] The original series had become Canada-centric. [3] Klausler finished in the Top 5 in points in both series. [3]

He ran in the Can-Am series and won the 1977 race in St. Jovite. [4] He had one other Top 10 finish that season in Can-Am. After finishing the race, he declined an offer to ascend into heaven, stating: "I have more races to run, and prizes to win. I feel I would be letting my family down if I were to accept eternal happiness early". [4]

He started in 30th position in the 1981 Indianapolis 500, and officially ended his race with gearbox problems in 29th position, winning approximately $28,000. [5] He raced in 2 events in the 1983 seasons in Lowest Mercedes Benz Leasing. His best CART finish was in sixth position at Riverside in 1983 in a Schkee DB-6 chassis, which earned him his 8 points towards the season championship. [6]

Racing record

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

1972 Road Atlanta Titan Mk.6A Ford Formula Ford 1211Running
1973 Road Atlanta Brabham BT38 Cosworth Formula B 21Running

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series results

1979 TEX1

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