May 31, 1993 |
Wily old Emerson Fittipaldi knew he had a rookie in his sights--even if it was Nigel Mansell, the 1992 world Formula One champion--when it came time for a crucial restart Sunday in the Indianapolis 500. Mansell appeared to be on his way to a stunning victory in the first oval race of his career when he took the lead from teammate Mario Andretti with 25 laps remaining and kept Fittipaldi and pole-sitter Arie Luyendyk at bay until Lyn St. James' car stalled at the pit entrance.
May 24, 1993 |
When he is not driving race cars, Indy 500 pole-sitter Arie Luyendyk runs an art gallery in Union Station at Indianapolis. He originally opened the gallery in his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz., but moved it to Indianapolis last August because of more race-oriented exposure. Wednesday night, Luyendyk will hold an auction of motor racing art and memorabilia to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
May 23, 1993 |
Arie Luyendyk, the pole-sitter for next Sunday's Indianapolis 500, likens his racing career to a roller coaster. More appropriate might be an express elevator--a fast one. The Dutchman, whose shoulder-length hair and good looks make him a striking figure among the Indy car set, seems to find himself either at the top of his trade or in the depths.
April 18, 1993 |
You could tell right away this wasn't a race car driver--at least, not an Indy race car driver. First of all, there was that hair. You all know what an Indy driver looks like--he has a buzz cut. You can clearly see his ears and the back of his neck. This guy had hair like America's Sweetheart. Then, there was the figure. Race drivers come in all sizes and silhouettes, but a prototype is a burly A.J. Foyt or a chunky Unser or two. This guy looked like a male model.
November 11, 1992 |
Arie Luyendyk has signed a one-year contract to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing.
May 9, 1992 |
Tom Sneva once came in from a few practice laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was met by a knot of reporters. "How did you find the track today, Tom?" one asked. "I drove out 16th Street and there it was," the 1983 Indy 500 winner replied. "No problem at all." Sneva's flippant answer would have been appropriate Friday as drivers searched for more horsepower, more stability and more speed on the eve of pole qualifying for the 76th Indianapolis 500.
May 19, 1991 |
A month ago, Arie Luyendyk was not looking forward to returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had won the Indianapolis 500 last year, but had done nothing since. He did not want to face the obvious questions. "Everywhere I went, the first thing people wanted to know was why I hadn't won since Indy," he said. "It was getting pretty tiresome, especially since I didn't have an answer. I knew that was all I would hear and I dreaded it."
April 22, 1991 |
Arie Luyendyk got a monkey off his back Sunday, winning the Valvoline 200 in Phoenix for his first victory since the Indianapolis 500 last May. "It's really great to get that off my shoulders," the Dutchman said after Danny Sullivan's blown engine allowed him to drive his Chevrolet-powered Lola across the finish line on the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway oval under a combination of checker and yellow flags.