14 Facts About Arie Luyendyk


Arie Luyendyk was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2014.


Arie Luyendyk started racing in the early 1970s, winning a number of Dutch national titles.


Arie Luyendyk won the 1990 Indianapolis 500 for Doug Shierson Racing.


Arie 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 1995, Arie Luyendyk controlled the race early until an incident with Scott Sharp put him several laps down.


Arie Luyendyk won the 1997 Indianapolis 500 from the pole over Treadway Racing teammate Scott Goodyear.


The race ended in controversy when on the final restart the white and green flag waved to end a caution but the yellow lights stayed on with Arie Luyendyk pulling away to the win while the other competitors were confused.


IndyCar officials reviewed the race tape and discovered that Arie Luyendyk had actually finished on a lap by himself and completed more laps than the scheduled race distance, thus he was declared the official winner.


Arie Luyendyk was selected to participate in the 1992,1993, and 1998 editions of the International Race of Champions.


Arie Luyendyk only won one race, and had several races where he didn't finish the full distance.


Arie Luyendyk retired from racing after the 1999 season, and for a short time, joined ABC Sports as a color commentator.


Arie Luyendyk returned to the Indy 500 in 2001 and 2002.


Arie Luyendyk suffered a crash during practice, and did not make an attempt to qualify.


In 2016, Arie Luyendyk was selected as a chief steward for the IndyCar Series alongside fellow racer Max Papis and Dan Davis.