Arie Luyendyk, Sr

Arie Luyendyk

Arie Luyendyk, originally Arie Luijendijk (born September 21, 1953) is a Dutch auto racing driver, twice winner of the Indianapolis 500.

Born in Sommelsdijk, 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 3. 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, but it was at the most important race of the series. With a record average speed of 185.981 mph (299.307 km/h) that still stands to this day (as of 6 May 2007), Luyendyk won the 1990 Indianapolis 500 for Doug Shierson Racing.

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 since 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, but returned to the 500 in 2001 and 2002.

Other Luyendyk victories include the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. His son, Arie Jr., is currently also a racer.

The last corner of the Zandvoort track in the Netherlands carries his name.

CART career results

Year Team Wins Points Championship Finish
1984 Bettenhausen 0 5 34th
1985 Bettenhausen 0 33 18th
1986 Bettenhausen 0 29 17th
1987 Hemelgarn Racing 0 98 7th
1988 Dick Simon Racing 0 31 14th
1989 Dick Simon Racing 0 75 10th
1990 Shierson Racing 1 90 8th
1991 Granatelli Racing 2 134 6th
1992 Chip Ganassi Racing 0 0 NC
1993 Chip Ganassi Racing 0 90 8th
1994 Indy Regency Racing 0 34 17th
1995 Simon/Menard 0 6 26th
1997 Chip Ganassi Racing 0 0 NC

3 wins, best championship finish: 6th

IndyCar career results

Year Team Wins Points Championship Finish
1996 Byrd/Treadway Racing 1 75 7th
1996-1997 Treadway Racing 2 223 6th
1998 Treadway Racing 1 227 8th
1999 Treadway Racing 0 11 41st
2001 Treadway Racing 0 17 41st
2002 Treadway Racing 0 30 37th

4 Wins, Best championship finish: 6th

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1985 Lola Cosworth 20th 7th
1986 Lola Cosworth 19th 15th
1987 March Cosworth 7th 18th
1988 Lola Cosworth 6th 10th
1989 Lola Cosworth 15th 21st
1990 Lola Chevrolet 3rd 1st
1991 Lola Chevrolet 14th 3rd
1992 Lola Ford-Cosworth 4th 15th
1993 Lola Ford-Cosworth 1st 2nd
1994 Lola Ilmor 8th 18th
1995 Lola Menard-Buick 2nd 7th
1996 Lola Ford-Cosworth 20th 16th
1997 G-Force Oldsmobile 1st 1st
1998 G-Force Oldsmobile 28th 20th
1999 G-Force Oldsmobile 1st 22nd
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile 6th 13th
2002 G-Force Chevrolet 24th 14th
2003 G-Force Toyota driven by Alex Barron

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