Arie Luyendyk

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This article is about the championship racing driver. For his son, see Arie Luyendyk, Jr..
Luyendyk at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2010.
Luyendyk in 1991, driving for Vince Granatelli.

Arie Luyendyk, anglicised form of Arie Luijendijk (born September 21, 1953 in Sommelsdijk) is a Dutch auto racing driver, and two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. He is also known as "The Flying Dutchman".

Career[edit]

Luyendyk started racing in the early 1970s, winning a number of Dutch national titles. In 1977, he won the European Super Vee championship, and switched to Formula Three. Success continued to elude him until he moved to the United States in 1984, where he immediately won the Super Vee championship.

With the help of sponsor Provimi Veal, Luyendyk ran his first full Champ Car season in 1985, winning the rookie of the year title both for the season and the Indianapolis 500. His first win in the series came five years later in 1990, at the most important race of the series, with a record average speed of 185.981 mph (299.307 km/h). Luyendyk won the 1990 Indianapolis 500 for Doug Shierson Racing. His average speed record which stood for 23 years, was finally broken in the 2013 97th Indianapolis 500 by Tony Kanaan with an average speed of 187.433 mph (301.644 km/h).

Luyendyk continued to perform well at Indianapolis, scoring pole positions in 1993, 1997 and 1999, and retiring from the race while leading on three occasions. In 1996, he set the qualifying lap record at 237.498 mph (382.216 km/h), although he did not start on the pole because he qualified on the second day of time trials. He won the 1997 Indianapolis 500 from the pole over Treadway Racing teammate Scott Goodyear. It came under severe controversy when on the final restart the white & green flag waved to end a caution but the yellow lights stayed on with Arie Luyendyk pulling away to the win while the other competitors were confused. A similar finish involving a similar mistake almost took away a win from Luyendyk two weeks later. As a result USAC was removed of scoring the races.

Luyendyk also was selected to participate in the 1992, 1993, and 1998 editions of the International Race of Champions.

He retired from racing after the 1999 season, and for a short time, joined ABC Sports as a color commentator. He returned to the Indy 500 in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, he entered at Indianapolis for the final time. He suffered a crash during practice, and did not make an attempt to qualify.

Other Luyendyk victories include the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. His son, Arie Jr., is an Indy Lights racer.

The last corner of the Zandvoort track in the Netherlands carries his name. In 1999, he was presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash award, reflecting upon his Indy 500 career.

Motorsports career results[edit]

American Open-Wheel[edit]

PPG Indycar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1984 Provimi Veal March 84C Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
PHX
INDY
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
MCH
ROA
8
POC
MDO
SAN
MCH
PHX
LAG
CPL
32nd 5
1985 Provimi Veal Lola T900 Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
17
INDY
7
MIL
17
POR
21
MEA
10
CLE
5
MCH
Wth
ROA
6
POC
MDO
DNS
SAN
18
MCH
15
LAG
22
PHX
25
MIA
7
18th 33
1986 Provimi Veal Lola T86/00 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX
6
LBH
15
INDY
15
MIL
9
POR
MCH
13
MIA
21
17th 29
March 86C MEA
16
CLE
24
TOR
6
MCH
23
POC
17
MDO
18
SAN
ROA
7
LAG
10
PHX
15
1987 Hemelgarn Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
14
PHX
3
INDY
18
MIL
4
POR
16
MEA
6
CLE
19
TOR
7
MCH
5
POC
4
ROA
4
MDO
11
NAZ
4
LAG
6
MIA
11
7th 98
1988 Dick Simon Racing Lola T88/00 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX
9
LBH
10
INDY
10
MIL
15
POR
2
CLE
18
TOR
20
MEA
20
MCH
28
POC
26
MDO
25
ROA
19
NAZ
9
LAG
22
MIA
14
14th 31
1989 Dick Simon Racing Lola T89/00 Cosworth DFS V8t PHX
17
LBH
7
INDY
21
MIL
6
DET
6
POR
3
CLE
9
MEA
7
TOR
24
MCH
6
POC
23
MDO
8
ROA
4
NAZ
13
LAG
9
10th 75
1990 Doug Shierson Racing Lola T90/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t PHX
9
LBH
7
INDY
1
MIL
19
DET
5
POR
6
CLE
6
MEA
4
TOR
5
MCH
19
DEN
13
VAN
26
MDO
21
ROA
6
NAZ
17
LAG
9
8th 90
1991 Granatelli Racing Team Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t SRF
9
LBH
5
PHX
1
INDY
3
MIL
17
DET
3
POR
7
CLE
5
MEA
18
TOR
19
MCH
2
DEN
22
VAN
19
MDO
9
ROA
5
NAZ
1
LAG
8
6th 134
1992 Chip Ganassi Racing Lola T92/00 Ford XB V8t SRF
PHX
LBH
INDY
15
DET
POR
MIL
NHA
TOR
MCH
14
CLE
ROA
VAN
MDO
NAZ
LAG
41st 0
1993 Chip Ganassi Racing Lola T93/00 Ford XB V8t SRF
5
PHX
6
LBH
11
INDY
2
MIL
22
DET
17
POR
10
CLE
10
TOR
22
MCH
3
NHA
25
ROA
9
VAN
25
MDO
5
NAZ
8
LAG
3
8th 90
1994 Indy Regency Racing Lola T94/00 Ilmor 265D V8t SRF
25
PHX
22
LBH
11
INDY
18
MIL
21
DET
19
POR
14
CLE
21
TOR
31
MCH
2
MDO
13
NHA
27
VAN
6
ROA
22
NAZ
26
LAG
6
17th 34
1995 Dick Simon Racing Lola T95/00 Ford XB V8t MIA
SRF
PHX
25
LBH
NAZ
26th 6
Team Menard Menard V6t INDY
7
MIL
DET
POR
ROA
TOR
CLE
MCH
MDO
NHA
VAN
LAG
1997 Target Chip Ganassi Reynard 97i Honda HRR V8t MIA
SRF
LBH
NAZ
RIO
GAT
MIL
DET
POR
CLE
TOR
MCH
MDO
ROA
VAN
LAG
FON
24
34th 0

Indy Racing League[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1996 Byrd-Treadway Racing Reynard 95i Ford XB V8t WDW
14
PHX
1
INDY
16
7th 75
1996-1997 Treadway Racing Reynard 95i Ford XB V8t NHA
13
LVS
20
6th 223
G-Force GF01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW
12
PHX
22
INDY
1
TXS
1
PPIR
15
CLT
21
NHA
3
LVS
25
1998 Treadway Racing G-Force GF01B Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW
8
PHX
24
INDY
20
TXS
13
NHA
5
DOV
9
CLT
4
PPIR
22
ATL
8
TXS
28
LVS
1
8th 227
1999 Treadway Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW PHX INDY
22
TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPIR LVS TXS 41st 11
2001 Treadway Racing G-Force GF05B Oldsmobile Aurora V8 PHX HMS ATL INDY
13
TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY STL CHI TXS 41st 17
2002 Treadway Racing G-Force GF05B Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS PHX FON NAZ INDY
14
TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH
16
KTY STL CHI TXS 37th 30
2003 Mo Nunn Racing G-Force GF09 Toyota Indy V8 HMS PHX MOT INDY
Wth1
TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH STL KTY NAZ CHI FON TXS NC -
1 Luyendyk was listed as the primary entry and participated in practice; during practice, Luyendyk crashed, and decided to sit out the race due to injuries. Alex Barron replaced him in the car.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
6 1 28 4 4 1 4 1 (1997) 0

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1985 Lola Cosworth 20th 7th Bettenhausen
1986 Lola Cosworth 19th 15th Bettenhausen
1987 March Cosworth 7th 18th Hemelgarn
1988 Lola Cosworth 6th 10th Simon
1989 Lola Cosworth 15th 21st Simon
1990 Lola Chevrolet 3rd 1st Shierson
1991 Lola Chevrolet 14th 3rd Granatelli
1992 Lola Ford-Cosworth 4th 15th Ganassi
1993 Lola Ford-Cosworth 1st 2nd Ganassi
1994 Lola Ilmor 8th 18th Indy Regency
1995 Lola Menard-Buick 2nd 7th Team Menard
1996 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 20th 16th Treadway
1997 G-Force Comptech Oldsmobile 1st 1st Treadway
1998 G-Force Comptech Oldsmobile 28th 20th Treadway
1999 G-Force Comptech Oldsmobile 1st 22nd Treadway
2000 Did not enter
2001 G-Force Comptech Oldsmobile 6th 13th Treadway
2002 G-Force Chevrolet 24th 14th Treadway
2003 G-Force Toyota driven by Alex Barron Mo Nunn

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roberto Guerrero
Michael Andretti
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1985
Succeeded by
Randy Lanier
Preceded by
Roberto Guerrero
CART
Rookie of the Year

1985
Succeeded by
Chip Robinson
Preceded by
Emerson Fittipaldi
Indianapolis 500
Winner

1990
Succeeded by
Rick Mears
Preceded by
Buddy Lazier
Indianapolis 500
Winner

1997
Succeeded by
Eddie Cheever
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Davey Hamilton
Scott Brayton Award
2002
Succeeded by
Buddy Lazier