Arie Luyendyk, Jr.

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Arie Luyendyk, Jr.
Race Car Driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr.jpg
Arie Luyendyk, Jr. by Voorhees Photography
Nationality Dutch
Born (1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 33)
Den Bosch
Related to Arie Luyendyk (father)
Firestone Indy Lights Series
Years active 2002-2008, 2010
Teams Luyendyk Racing
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Brian Stewart Racing
Guthrie Racing
AGR-AFS Racing
Andersen Racing
Alliance Motorsports
Starts 66
Wins 1
Poles 4
Best finish 2nd in 2002
Previous series
2007-2008
2006
2001
A1 Grand Prix (rookie driver)
IndyCar Series
SCCA Formula Continental

Arie Luyendyk, Jr. (born 18 September 1981, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands) is an auto racing driver and son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Despite his European birth, the most of his adult racing career has taken place in North America where his father lives and made his career. Luyendyk is best known for competing in the Indy Lights Series where he finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Championship over a number of years. He was named a test-driver in A1 Grand Prix alongside Jeroen Bleekemolen for A1 Team The Netherlands starting the 2007-08 season.[1]

Luyendyk has competed in various sports-car series competing in the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona. More recently he was seen on ABC's The Bachelorette season 8, where he placed first runner-up and is represented by BRANDed, and on Wipeout: Summer Episode 7: "Bachelors vs. Bachelorettes"

Career[edit]

Luyendyk began racing karts in 1992, and moved to Sports Car Club of America club Formula Ford competition six years later at the age of 16. He raced in a number of American junior formulae, notching wins in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge series and top five finishes the U.S. Formula Ford 2000 Championship. In 2001, Luyendyk finished third in the Formula Continental class at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs as well as winning the SCCA Southern Pacific divisional title on the strength of 4 wins in that same class.[citation needed]

He competed full-time in the first three seasons of the Indy Racing League's Indy Pro Series (now known as Firestone Indy Lights), beginning in 2002. In his Firestone Indy Lights career, Luyendyk, Jr. has 1 victory, four pole positions and 24 top-5 finishes. He was voted IPS "Most Popular Driver" four years in a row from 2003-06. Luyendyk finished second in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship in 2002, third in 2004, and fourth in 2008.

Arie driving an Indy Lights car on the Streets of St. Petersburg in 2005

In 2005, Arie attempted to make his Indy Car Series debut by qualifying for the 2005 Indianapolis 500 in a car owned by Curb-Agajanian/Beck Motorsports. However, with limited track time and a car that never handled properly, Luyendyk's qualifying speed of 215.039 mph (346.072 km/h) was close to 2 mph (3.2 km/h) slower than the next slowest qualifier at the time. A.J. Foyt hired driver Felipe Giaffone to qualify a third car for him, and Giaffone's 217.645 mph (350.266 km/h) four-lap average bumped Luyendyk from the field.

Arie, Jr. did qualify for the 2006 Indianapolis 500 in a car owned by his father and backed by cheapcaribbean.com and Blue Star Jets. The team had limited practice time due to a second week engine program. However, his first race in the more powerful cars ended early due to handling issues, with Arie scoring a 28th place finish.[citation needed]

Luyendyk practicing for the 2008 Firestone Freedom 100

In the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season, Luyendyk Jr. drove for A1 Team Netherlands in the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport as the team's "rookie driver". His best result was a fifth place training time at Round 5 held in Taupo, New Zealand. He has returned to the Firestone Indy Lights Series to race for AGR-AFS Racing as the teammate to Raphael Matos. He captured his first series win in the final race of the 2008 season at Chicagoland Speedway by passing Matos on a late race restart. Luyendyk would finish the 2008 season fourth in the Championship recording 5 podium finishes.

In 2010 he returned part-time to Indy Lights and drove in the Freedom 100 for Andersen Racing and three other oval races for Alliance Motorsports. His best finish was seventh at Chicagoland.

Pro Light TORC truck at Crandon

In 2013 Luyendyk made the switch to off-road racing in the Stadium Super Trucks series,[2] finishing seventh in points. In his partial season Luyendyk notched a heat win and three 4th place finishes in 7 starts.

Luyendyk finished out the season driving in the Traxxas TORC Series with Aero Motorsports backed by Ethika and Cooper Tires. In the Arie's TORC debut he finished fourth at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway driving in the Pro Light class. On 18 November 2013 Luyendyk completed a test with Dale Coyne Racing in the DW12 IndyCar. Arie ran 138 trouble free laps and looks toward a 2014 race program in the IndyCar Series.[citation needed]

Outside racing[edit]

In 2009, Luyendyk became the driver analyst for Versus broadcasts of Indy Lights races. In 2012 Luyendyk returned to the booth, commentating the Indy Lights races for the NBC Sports Network. He appeared as himself in season nine of Hell's Kitchen. The chefs visited the Long Beach Grand Prix in which Luyendyk was participating.[citation needed]

Luyendyk placed second on the eighth season of the reality show The Bachelorette in which he was trying to win the heart of bachelorette, Emily Maynard. Maynard sent Luyendyk home early during the season finale before accepting a proposal from one of Luyendyk's friends, Jef Holm.

Luyendyk appeared in the first episode of the seventeenth season of The Bachelor when he visited "Bachelor Pad" after having a talk with fellow Bachelorette competitor and friend Sean Lowe prior to meeting with that season's contestants. Luyendyk also competed on Wipeout: Summer Episode 7: "Bachelors vs. Bachelorettes", but was eliminated early.

Racing record[edit]

SCCA National Championship Runoffs[edit]

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
2000 Mid-Ohio Van Diemen RF01 Ford Formula Continental 3 2 Running

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2002 Luyendyk Racing United States
KAN
10
United States
NSH
2
United States
MIS
2
United States
KTY
6
United States
STL
2
United States
CHI
2
United States
TXS
7
2nd 236
2003 Sinden Racing United States
HMS
4
United States
PHX
10
United States
INDY
15
United States
PPIR
3
United States
KAN
12
United States
NSH
9
United States
MIS
11
United States
STL
3
United States
KTY
4
United States
CHI
4
United States
FON
10
United States
TXS
13
7th 299
2004 Sam Schmidt Motorsports United States
HMS
9
United States
PHX
2
United States
INDY
3
United States
KAN
7
United States
NSH
11
United States
MIL
9
United States
MIS
8
3rd 330
AFS Racing United States
KTY
4
United States
PPIR
5
United States
CHI
4
United States
FON
14
United States
TXS
4
2005 AFS Racing United States
HMS
United States
PHX
4
United States
STP
5
United States
INDY
United States
FON
6
11th 228
Brian Stewart Racing United States
TXS
10
United States
IMS
6
United States
NSH
8
United States
MIL
7
United States
KTY
10
United States
PPIR
10
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
WGL
2006 AFS Racing United States
HMS
4
United States
STP1
DNS
United States
STP2
United States
INDY
United States
WGL
11
United States
IMS
United States
NSH
11
United States
MIL
United States
KTY
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
CHI
6
15th 105
2007 Guthrie Racing United States
HMS
United States
STP1
United States
STP2
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
IMS1
United States
IMS2
United States
IOW
United States
WGL1
17
United States
WGL2
22
United States
NSH
United States
MDO
United States
KTY
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
CHI
35th 21
2008 AGR-AFS Racing United States
HMS
4
United States
STP1
6
United States
STP2
22
United States
KAN
3
United States
INDY
14
United States
MIL
8
United States
IOW
2
United States
WGL1
7
United States
WGL2
7
United States
NSH
3
United States
MDO1
8
United States
MDO2
11
United States
KTY
3
United States
SNM1
17
United States
SNM2
16
United States
CHI
1
4th 428
2010 Andersen Racing United States
STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
14
United States
IOW
United States
WGL
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
MDO
United States
SNM
17th 82
Alliance Motorsports United States
CHI
7
United States
KTY
9
United States
HMS
12

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2005 CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports United States
HMS
United States
PHX
United States
STP
Japan
MOT
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
PPIR
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
WGL
United States
FON
NC
2006 Luyendyk Racing United States
HMS
United States
STP
Japan
MOT
United States
INDY
28
United States
WGL
United States
TXS
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
36th 10

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2005 Dallara Chevrolet DNQ Beck
2006 Panoz Honda 31 28 Luyendyk

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2007–08 Netherlands NED
SPR

PO
NED
FEA

PO
CZE
SPR

PO
CZE
FEA

PO
MYS
SPR

PO
MYS
FEA

PO
CHN
SPR

PO
CHN
FEA

PO
NZL
SPR

PO
NZL
FEA

PO
AUS
SPR

PO
AUS
FEA

PO
RSA
SPR

PO
RSA
FEA

PO
MEX
SPR

PO
MEX
FEA

PO
CHN
SPR

PO
CHN
FEA

PO
GBR
SPR

PO
GBR
SPR

PO
7th 87

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bleekemolen & Luyendyk Jr. to drive for Team Netherlands". GPUpdate.net. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  2. ^ DiZinno, Tony (24 April 2013). "Arie Luyendyk Jr. adapts to racing Stadium Super Trucks". NBC Sports. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 

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