Arie Luyendyk

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Arie Luyendyk
Arie Luyendyk 2010 Indy 500 Practice Day 7.JPG
Luyendyk at Indianapolis, May 2010
Nationality Netherlands
Born (1953-09-21) 21 September 1953 (age 65)
Sommelsdijk, Netherlands

Arie Luijendijk (anglicised as Arie Luyendyk; born 21 September 1953) is a Dutch former auto racing driver, and winner of the 1990 and 1997 Indianapolis 500 races. In 2014, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.[1] He is also known as "The Flying Dutchman".

Luyendyk won a total of seven Indy car races, including three in the CART series, all of them on ovals.

Career[edit]

Arie driving his fathers car after his father, Jaap, won the European Formula Vee championship in 1972.
Luyendyk in 1991, driving for Vince Granatelli.

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. Further success eluded him until he moved to the United States in 1984, where he immediately won the Super Vee championship.[2]

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. Gaining additional sponsorship from Domino's Pizza (and changing his racing number to 30, as at the time Domino's guaranteed customers that delivery orders would arrive in 30 minutes or less), his first win in the series came five years later in 1990, at the most important race in 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 1995, Luyendyk controlled the race early until an incident with Scott Sharp put him several laps down. For the rest of the race, Luyendyk was able to make up all his laps and barely beat eventual winner Jacques Villeneuve at the stripe to get his final lap back and finish on the lead lap.

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. The race ended in controversy when on the final restart the white and 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.[citation needed]

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 off-road and 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. In 2016, Luyendyk was selected as a chief steward for the IndyCar Series alongside fellow racer Max Papis and Dan Davis.[3]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Complete European F5000 Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos. Pts
1973 Tony Trimmer McLaren M18 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH MAL SIL SNE BRH OUL MAL MAL MON BRH OUL JYL ZAN
10
SNE BRH
14
31st 1
1974 Anglo-American Racing Team Chevron B24 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH MAL SIL OUL BRH ZOL THR ZAN
11
MUG MNZ MAL MON THR BRH OUL SNE MAL BRH NC 0

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
1979 RAM Autoracing Chevron B48 BMW SIL HOC THR NÜR VAL MUG PAU HOC ZAN
13
PER MIS DON NC 0

American open-wheel racing[edit]

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

CART PPG World Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Pts
1984 Bettenhausen Motorsports 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 Racing 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 Racing 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 Vince Granatelli Racing 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

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Pts
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
PPR
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
PPR
22
ATL
8
TXS
28
LVS
1
8th 227
1999 Treadway Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW PHX INDY
22
TXS PPR ATL DOV PPR LVS TXS 41st 11
2001 Treadway-Hubbard Racing G-Force GF05B Oldsmobile Aurora V8 PHX HMS ATL INDY
13
TXS PPR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS 41st 17
2002 Treadway Racing G-Force GF05B Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS PHX FON NAZ INDY
14
TXS PPR RIR KAN NSH MCH
16
KTY GAT CHI TXS 37th 30
2003 Mo Nunn Racing G-Force GF09 Toyota Indy V8 HMS PHX MOT INDY
Wth1
TXS PPR RIR KAN NSH MCH GAT KTY NAZ CHI FON TXS NA -
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.
Indianapolis 500[edit]
Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1985 Lola Cosworth 20 7 Provimi Veal Racing
1986 Lola Cosworth 19 15 Provimi Veal Racing
1987 March Cosworth 7 18 Hemelgarn Racing
1988 Lola Cosworth 6 10 Dick Simon Racing
1989 Lola Cosworth 15 21 Dick Simon Racing
1990 Lola Chevrolet 3 1 Doug Shierson Racing
1991 Lola Chevrolet 14 3 Vince Granatelli Racing
1992 Lola Ford-Cosworth 4 15 Chip Ganassi Racing
1993 Lola Ford-Cosworth 1 2 Chip Ganassi Racing
1994 Lola Ilmor 8 18 Indy Regency Racing
1995 Lola Menard 2 7 Team Menard
1996 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 20 16 Byrd-Treadway Racing
1997 G-Force Oldsmobile 1 1 Treadway Racing
1998 G-Force Oldsmobile 28 20 Treadway Racing
1999 G-Force Oldsmobile 1 22 Treadway Racing
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile 6 13 Treadway-Hubbard Racing
2002 G-Force Chevrolet 24 14 Treadway Racing
2003 G-Force Toyota Wth Mo Nunn Racing

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989 Japan Nissan Motorsport Australia Geoff Brabham
United States Chip Robinson
Nissan R89C C1 250 DNF DNF
Source:[4]

International Race of Champions[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

International Race of Champions results
Year Make 1 2 3 4 Pos. Points
1992 Dodge DAY
10
TAL
11
MCH
11
MCH
10
12th 21
1993 DAY
6
DAR TAL
10
MCH
8
11th 24.5
1998 Pontiac DAY
5
CAL
11
MCH
7
IND
11
12th 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Versatile Rusty Wallace Inducted Into Hall". Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  2. ^ Brown, Allen. "US Formula Super Vee 1984". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ "INDYCAR NAMES VETERAN MOTORSPORTS TRIO AS RACE STEWARDS FOR 2016 SEASON". IndyCar Series. February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "All Results of Arie Luyendyk". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved August 4, 2018.

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