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Luyendyk in 1991, driving for Andy Granatelli.

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

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, 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, 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., 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.

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Motorsports career results

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American Open-Wheel

CART

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 Series

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
1996 Byrd/Treadway WDW
Ret
PHX
1
IND
Ret
7th 75
1996-1997 Treadway NWH
13
LSV
Ret
WDW
Ret
PHX
Ret
INDY
1
TXS
1
PPI
Ret
CHR
Ret
NH2
3
LV2
Ret
6th 223
1998 Treadway WDW
8
PHX
Ret
IND
Ret
TXS
13
NWH
5
DOV
Ret
CHR
4
PPI
Ret
ATL
8
TX2
Ret
LSV
1
8th 227
1999 Treadway WDW PHX INDY
Ret
TXS PPI ATL DOV PP2 LSV TX2 41st 11
2001 Treadway PHX HMS ATL INDY
13
TXS PPI RIR KAN NSH KTY STL CHI TX2 41st 17
2002 Treadway PHX HMS CAL NZR INDY
14
TXS PPI RIR KAN NSH MIS
16
KTY STL CHI TX2 37th 30
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
6 1 28 4 4 1 4 1 (1997) 0

Indy 500 results

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

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