Luyendyk Jr. To Test Dale Coyne IndyCar
PLAINFIELD, Ill. – Former Indy Lights racer Arie Luyendyk Jr. will return to the cockpit of an IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing for a private test on Nov. 18 at Florida’s Sebring Int’l Raceway.
“This is a huge opportunity and I am very grateful Dale Coyne Racing has given me this test,” said Luyendyk. “I think it’s very important that the IndyCar community, as well as the fans, know I am 100 percent committed to returning to the IndyCar Series. My goal for the test is to get acquainted with the DW12 chassis and, hopefully, surprise some people with my pace. I’m sure I will be smiling ear-to-ear in the car on Monday and I can’t wait to see how the IndyCar performs.”
Luyendyk, the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, will be behind the wheel of an open-wheel car for the first time since 2010. The 32-year-old Luyendyk has been racing nearly all of his life, beginning in 1992 in go-karts and progressed through the ranks, competing in various racing series from Formula Ford to USF2000 and the A1GP. From 2003 to 2006, Luyendyk was voted “Most Popular Driver” in Indy Lights while finishing second, third and fourth in the point’s championship. He also qualified for his first Indianapolis 500 in 2006.
The economic wake of 2008 all but halted Luyendyk’s racing momentum and in 2009, he began serving as an expert broadcast analyst for all Indy Lights race broadcasts on VERSUS and later NBC Sports Network. In 2012, He was the first runner-up on ABC’s The Bachelorette and later appeared on the 2013 season premiere of ABC’s The Bachelor.
His focus turned back to racing in mid-2013 with his debut to Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series and later the Traxxas TORC Series.