Arie Luyendyk

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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. 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., was 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)

YearTeam1234567891011121314151617RankPoints
1984Provimi VealLBH
PHX
INDY
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
MCH
ROA
8
POC
MDO
SAN
MCH
PHX
LAG
CPL
32nd5
1985Provimi VealLBH
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
18th33
1986Bettenhausen RacingPHX
6
LBH
15
INDY
15
MIL
9
POR
MEA
16
CLE
24
TOR
6
MCH
23
POC
17
MDO
18
SAN
MCH
13
ROA
7
LAG
10
PHX
15
MIA
21
17th29
1987Hemelgarn RacingLBH
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
7th98
1988Dick Simon RacingPHX
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
14th31
1989Dick Simon RacingPHX
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
10th75
1990Doug Shierson RacingPHX
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
8th90
1991Granatelli Racing TeamSRF
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
6th134
1992Chip Ganassi RacingSRF
PHX
LBH
INDY
15
DET
POR
MIL
NHA
TOR
MCH
14
CLE
ROA
VAN
MDO
NAZ
LAG
41st0
1993Chip Ganassi RacingSRF
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
8th90
1994Indy Regency RacingSRF
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
17th34
1995Team MenardMIA
SRF
PHX
25
LBH
NAZ
INDY
7
MIL
DET
POR
ROA
TOR
CLE
MCH
MDO
NHA
VAN
LAG
26th6
1997Target Chip GanassiMIA
SRF
LBH
NAZ
RIO
GAT
MIL
DET
POR
CLE
TOR
MCH
MDO
ROA
VAN
LAG
FON
24
34th0

IndyCar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

YearTeam12345678910111213141516RankPoints
1996Byrd-Treadway RacingWDW
14
PHX
1
INDY
16
7th75
1996-1997Treadway RacingNHA
13
LVS
20
WDW
12
PHX
22
INDY
1
TXS
1
PPIR
15
CLT
21
NHA
3
LVS
25
6th223
1998Treadway RacingWDW
8
PHX
24
INDY
20
TXS
13
NHA
5
DOV
9
CLT
4
PPIR
22
ATL
8
TXS
28
LVS
1
8th227
1999Treadway RacingWDWPHXINDY
22
TXSPPIRATLDOVPPIRLVSTXS41st11
2001Treadway RacingPHXHMSATLINDY
13
TXSPPIRRIRKANNSHKTYSTLCHITXS41st17
2002Treadway RacingHMSPHXFONNAZINDY
14
TXSPPIRRIRKANNSHMCH
16
KTYSTLCHITXS37th30
2003Mo NunnHMSPHXMOTINDY
Wth1
TXSPPIRRIRKANNSHMCHSTLKTYNAZCHIFONTXSNC-
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.
YearsTeamsRacesPolesWinsPodiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
612844141 (1997)0

Indy 500 results[edit]

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
1985LolaCosworth20th7thBettenhausen
1986LolaCosworth19th15thBettenhausen
1987MarchCosworth7th18thHemelgarn
1988LolaCosworth6th10thSimon
1989LolaCosworth15th21stSimon
1990LolaChevrolet3rd1stShierson
1991LolaChevrolet14th3rdGranatelli
1992LolaFord-Cosworth4th15thGanassi
1993LolaFord-Cosworth1st2ndGanassi
1994LolaIlmor8th18thIndy Regency
1995LolaMenard-Buick2nd7thTeam Menard
1996ReynardFord-Cosworth20th16thTreadway
1997G-ForceComptech Oldsmobile1st1stTreadway
1998G-ForceComptech Oldsmobile28th20thTreadway
1999G-ForceComptech Oldsmobile1st22ndTreadway
2000Did not enter
2001G-ForceComptech Oldsmobile6th13thTreadway
2002G-ForceChevrolet24th14thTreadway
2003G-ForceToyotadriven by Alex BarronMo Nunn

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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