Arie Luyendyk Jr.


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Arie Luyendyk Jr. (; ; born September 18, 1981) is a Dutch-born American auto racing driver and son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. He has competed mostly 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.

Luyendyk has competed in various sports-car series competing in the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona.

He was a contestant on ABC's dating competition The Bachelorette season 8 in 2012, where he placed first runner-up, and starred in the 22nd season of its sister show The Bachelor, which premiered on January 1, 2018.

Early life

Luyendyk was born in The Netherlands, to Arie and Mieke Luyendyk. At age 3, he immigrated with his family, including sister Maida, to the United States and settled in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Luyendyk has two younger twin brothers, Alec and Luca.

Career

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 four wins in that same class.

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 has 1 victory, four pole positions and 24 top-5 finishes. Luyendyk finished second in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship in 2002, third in 2004, and fourth in 2008.

In 2005, Luyendyk attempted to make his IndyCar 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 was close to 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 four-lap average bumped Luyendyk from the field.

Luyendyk 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 Luyendyk finishing 54 laps out of 200 and ending in 28th place in the field of 33.

In the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season, Luyendyk 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 five 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.

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

Luyendyk finished the season driving in the Traxxas TORC Series with Aero Motorsports backed by Ethika and Cooper Tires. In Luyendyk's TORC debut he finished fourth at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway driving in the Pro Light class. On November 18, 2013 Luyendyk completed a test with Dale Coyne Racing in the DW12 IndyCar. Luyendyk ran 138 laps.

Television

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 Grand Prix of Long Beach in which Luyendyk was participating.

Luyendyk placed second on the eighth season of the reality show The Bachelorette, starring Emily Maynard.

Luyendyk appeared in the first episode of the 17th season of The Bachelor. Luyendyk also competed on Wipeout: Summer Episode 7: "Bachelors vs. Bachelorettes", where he was eliminated early.

In 2017, it was announced that Luyendyk would appear in the 22nd season of The Bachelor. He asked Rebecca "Becca" Kufrin to marry him at the season finale however he later regretted rejecting Lauren Burnham, the runner-up, and tried to rekindle things with Burnham. Luyendyk and Burnham are engaged as of March 6, 2018.

Personal life

Luyendyk currently works as a real estate broker for RE/MAX in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is engaged to the runner-up, Lauren Burnham of The Bachelor with a wedding planned for January 2019. Burnham is moving to Scottsdale to be with Luyendyk.

Racing record

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

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

American open-wheel racing

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights

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

IndyCar

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 HMS PHX STP MOT INDY
TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON NC -
2006 Luyendyk Racing HMS STP MOT INDY
WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY SNM CHI 36th 10

Indianapolis 500

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

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(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
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR
CZE
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
SPR
7th 87


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