Arie Luyendyk

Full Name:
Arie Luyendijk
Born:
21st September 1953 (Age 65)
Sommelsdyk, Zuid-Holland
Nationality:
Dutch
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This long-haired Dutchman raced in Europe’s junior categories for a decade but it was his move to North America that launched his career.

Early racing career

A race-winner in European Formula Ford 1600, Arie Luyendyk (the Americanised spelling of his surname) came to the fore by winning the inaugural European Super Vee Championship in 1977. He then raced in Formula 3 for the next two seasons with his Racing Team Holland Argo JM3-Toyota second at Magny-Cours in 1979. That was the highlight of his European F3 career although he returned to Super Vee a year later to finish as runner-up.

Luyendyk’s initial opportunity in America was in the 1981 SCCA Super Vee Championship and he transferred to the series on a fulltime basis two years later. Backed by countryman Aat Groenevelt’s Provimi Veal Company, Luyendyk won the 1984 title and finished eighth on his Champ Car debut at Elkhart Lake when driving a Bettenhausen Motorsports March 84C-Cosworth.

Groenevelt formed Provimi Veal Racing for Luyendyk’s first full Champ Car season in 1985. The Dutchman’s Lola T900-Cosworth was seventh at Indianapolis and fifth in Cleveland as he won the Rookie of the Year award. A 1987 move to Hemelgarn Racing (with continued Provimi sponsorship) was rewarded by third place at Phoenix and seventh in the standings.

Success in sports cars and at Indianapolis

Second at Portland a year later and third in 1989 with Dick Simon’s Lola-Cosworth, he scored his highest profile victory so far on a one-off with Electramotive’s Nissan GTP ZX-T in the 1989 Sebring 12 Hours.

It appeared that Luyendyk would be forever a Champ Car nearly man until he signed for Doug Shierson’s Domino’s Pizza team in 1990. That year’s Indianapolis 500 changed Luyendyk’s racing life. He qualified on the outside of the front row and outpaced Bobby Rahal to win at a record speed of 185.981mph.

He switched to Vince Granatelli’s Lola T91/00-Chevrolet for 1991 and won at Phoenix before finishing third at Indianapolis. Luyendyk won the penultimate race of the race at Nazareth to clinch sixth in the Champ Car World Series.

He only started two races in 1992 (for Chip Ganassi Racing) before becoming a fulltime member of the squad a year later. Once more the highlight came at Indianapolis where he qualified on pole position with a 223.967mph average before finishing second behind Emerson Fittipaldi.

Indycars and second victory at the Brickyard

Second on the grid at Indy for one of only two starts during 1995, he defected to the rival Indy Racing League for the following season. He won from pole position at Phoenix and appeared to have qualified on pole position at Indy once more but Fred Treadway’s Reynard 95I-Ford was found to be underweight.

On pole again for the 1997 Indy 500, he completed his second victory in that race by beating Treadway Racing team-mate Scott Goodyear by just 0.570 seconds after a late caution. He also won at Texas after officials spent all night verifying lap charts. The Daytona 24 Hours was added to his roster of success in North America’s classic races when he shared the winning 1998 Doran-Moretti Racing Ferrari 333SP.

Semi-retirement

That year ended with a dominant victory in the Las Vegas Indycar finale and Luyendyk announced that he would retire after the 1999 Indianapolis 500. He qualified on pole position once more for that farewell performance and led early on before crashing out of the lead in Turn 3 when trying to lap a backmarker after 117 laps. Luyendyk did start the Indy 500 in 2001 and 2002 for Treadway Racing before hanging up his helmet for good.

 He started the Indianapolis 500 on 17 occasions – won twice and qualified on pole position three times. Real estate and art galleries were among his business interests after racing as was guiding his son (Arie Jr)’s own fledgling career.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2002 Indy Racing League
Treadway-Hubbard Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
37th 30
2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Treadway-Hubbard Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
41st 17
1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
Treadway Racing
1 1 0 0
0% win rate
41st 11
1998 United States Road Racing Championship
Doran Moretti Racing
1 0 1 1 0
1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
Treadway Racing
11 0 1 1
10% win rate
8th 227
1997 PPG CART World Series
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1996/1997 Indy Racing League
Treadway Racing
10 2 3 2
20% win rate
6th 223
1996 Indy Racing League
Treadway Racing
3 1 1 1
34% win rate
7th 75
1995 PPG Indycar World Series
Team Menard
Dick Simon Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 6
1994 PPG Indycar World Series
Indy Regency Racing
15 (1) 0 1 0
0% win rate
17th 34
1993 PPG Indycar World Series
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
16 1 3 0
0% win rate
8th 90
1992 PPG Indycar World Series
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1991 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Vince Granatelli Racing
17 0 5 2
12% win rate
6th 134
1990 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Shierson Racing
16 0 1 1
7% win rate
8th 90
1989 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Electramotive Engineering
1 1 1 1 0
1989 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
15 0 1 0
0% win rate
10th 75
1988 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
15 0 1 0
0% win rate
14th 31
1987 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Hemelgarn Racing
15 0 1 0
0% win rate
7th 98
1986 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Provimi Veal Racing
15 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 29
1985 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Provimi Veal Racing
12 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 33
1984 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Bettenhausen Motorsports
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
32nd 5
1984 North American Super Vee Championship 1st -
1980 European F3 Championship
Racing Team Holland
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1979 European F2 Championship
RAM Autoracing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1979 European F3 Championship
Racing Team Holland
11 0 1 0
0% win rate
13th 6
1978 European F3 Championship
Racing Team Holland
12 (4) 0 0 0
0% win rate
11th 9
1977 European Formula Super Vee Championship 1st -
1974 Rothmans European F5000 Championship
Anglo-American Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1973 Rothmans European F5000 Championship
Tony Trimmer
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
31st 1