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.
January 11, 1991 |
Arie Luyendyk, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion, will be the driver for a new Phoenix-based Indy car team headed by owners Robert J. Tezak and Vince Granatelli. Luyendyk, a native of the Netherlands who moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., last year, won the 500 in a Lola-Chevrolet owned by Doug Shierson and sponsored by Domino's Pizza. Shortly thereafter, Domino's announced it was withdrawing from racing, and Shierson sold the team to Tezak, whose company produces the UNO card games.
July 22, 1990
Arie Luyendyk of the Netherlands, winner of the Indianapolis 500, was fined Saturday and placed on probation for the rest of the season for a track violation during Friday's qualifying session for the Molson-Indy race. Wally Dallenbach, chief steward for CART, the Indy-car sanctioning body, said Luyendyk was penalized for failing to observe the checkered flag at the end of the 30-minute qualifying session. "I accept the fine and I understand why they are doing it," Luyendyk said.