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Mario Clouser 2012

USAC National Midget Series - Current

USAC/UMARA Ford Focus Midget Car Series
Grundy County Speedway - 2007

Ford Focus Midget - Midwest Pavement Series 2006

Quarter Midget Racer 1994-2005

  • Winner of the 2005 QMA Grand National Championship
  • 2 JSCA National Championships
  • 7 Regional Championships
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Golfer
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Motocross Racer
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Employed full-time at Cummins.

 

2014

STARS National Midget Series
5 Top 5 Finishes

2013 No racing in 2013
2012 USAC National Midget Series
5 Top 5 Finishes
2 Top 10 Finishes
1 POWRi Feature Win
1 UMARA Feature Win
2011 USAC National Midget Series
11th - Driver Points
10th - Car Owner Points
1 2nd Place Finish
1 Top 5 Finish
4 Top 10 Finishes
2010 USAC National Midget Series
16th - Driver Points
13th - Car Owner Points
6 Top 10 Finishes
2 Heat Race Wins
2009 USAC/UMARA National Midget Series
3 - UMARA Midget Feature Wins
2nd Place in UMARA Points Championship
2008 UMARA National Midget Series
4 - National Midget Feature Wins
1 - Fast Time
2 - Runner-up Finishes
2007 USAC/UMARA Series Points Champion
10 Wins, 11 Fast Times, 2 New Track Records
2006 USAC Ford Focus Midget - Midwest Pavement Series
3rd Place USAC Midwest Points Series
Feature Win - Dixie Motor Speedway

2005

QMA Grand National Champion - Hvy. AA
Region 4 Overall Points Champion - Hvy. B
2004 & 2005 House Driver for NC Chassis Company of Tallmadge, OH
Red Bull Driver Search Competitor
2004 JSCA Gasoline Alley National Champion, Hvy B, Hvy. AA
2003 CCQMA Regional - A-Main Winner - Hvy. Mod., Hvy. B, & Hvy. AA - 3 Fast Times, 3 New Track Records
2003 Region 5 - Champion in Hvy. Mod, Hvy. B and Hvy. AA
2002 Region 5 - ALQMA Point Champion in Lt. B, New Track Record
2001 Region 5 - Champion in Lt. Mod and Lt. AA
1999 Region 5 - Champion in Lt. AA

Mario Clouser began racing Quarter Midgets at the age of 5 and became an accomplished Quarter Midget pilot.  By the time his Quarter Midget career came to an end, he had accumulated over 200 feature wins, 7 region championships and 3 national championships – 2 on asphalt, 1 on dirt.  He spent his last two years as a NC Chassis house driver.

In just three short years following, Mario Clouser has made quite an impact on Midget Racing in the Midwest.  In 2006 he began his rookie campaign in the UMARA/USAC Ford Focus Midget Series by carding 11 top-5 finishes, including his first feature win at Dixie Motor Speedway in Michigan.  He finished 3rd in the final points standings and was the highest finishing rookie in the series points.

Mario followed up his rookie series with an incredibly dominating performance in the 2007 season.  He won an astounding 10 UMARA/USAC Ford Focus Features on his way to taking the championship.  He set fast times in 11 races including 2 new track records.

For the 2008 season, Mario moved up to the UMARA/USAC National Midget Series.  In his rookie campaign, he struggled through the first part of the series chasing mechanical gremlins in his new car.  By the time the team found all of the issues, Mario was well out of the points chase.  Still, he once again showed the drive and determination of the winner that he is by putting on an incredible charge to the top.  Mario took his first National Midget Feature win at the Grundy County Speedway, and then followed that up by posting two consecutive runner-up finishes.  He then reeled off three wins in a row including the 17th Illinois State Midget Championship and the Bob Lockhard Memorial.  This late season charge boosted him all the way up to a third place finish in the UMARA points standings.

Mario finished out the season leading the UMARA Rookie of the Year points.  Mario currently drives for himself in that he does not have high-level team support.  He and his brother spend countless hours squaring and blocking his chassis and he does his own shock tuning.  This gives him an uncanny ability to feel the car, know what it’s doing, and how to fix it.
 
Mario, graduated from Auburn High School in 2007 and in the spring of 2009 graduated from Lincoln Land Community College and received his associates’ degree.  He continued his education that fall at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he will obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Engineering. 
 
In 2009 Mario and his brother Dominic continued to to race the UMARA and full USAC Pavement Schedules.  Mario won 3 races that year and missed out on winning the UMARA Points Championship by just one spot.  For 2010 Mario stepped up the teams program and purchased Dirt Midget as well as another engine.  The team ran the entire USAC National Midget schedule as well as various POWRi and UMARA races.  This was a year filled with learning as he nor his brother had ever raced a big car on dirt. Learning the set-ups and tracks was a large task.  To make things worse the they were plagued with engine issues as well.  Together they still were able to run inside the top 10 six times and finish respectably in the points championship. 
 
2011 Brought fourth a great opportunity.  Mario was approached by Evan Avart, a open wheel crew chief that had lead teams to many wins and multiple championships, to join forces for 2011.  Mario took this opportunity to take the big step and move his shop to Indianapolis.  Evan began getting things ready for the season as Mario Finished up getting his Bachelors degree in Automotive Engineering from SIU.  The team started the season off strong and were able to carry their momentum throughout the year.  They set multiple quick times, set a new track record at the famed Belleville High Banks, finished inside the top 10 five times, even contested for a USAC win at Iowa Speedway.  Mario was able to learn a lot about chassis set-up on dirt, pavement, and racing in general from Evan.
 
For the 2012 Season, Mario was approached to run the USAC National Pavement series for RW Motorsports.  RW had one championships in the past and was a powerhouse team in the USAC Series.  He was very excited for this opportunity, especially considering they had hired his crew chief Evan Avart to work there as well.  After running 3rd and 2nd at the first two races RW agreed to let Mario have the opportunity to maintain the USAC National Points lead and run the next 7 Dirt races which included Indiana Midget week.  Mario and his brother even got there car out for a home town race at Jacksonville Speedway and were able to pick up there first win on dirt.  Mario would pick up one more win this year, run inside the top 5 Five times, and 2 top Ten finishes.
 
For 2013 Mario currently doesn't not have any races scheduled but is hoping to run some races of any sort if the opportunity presents its self.