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06/02 2018

“RR-AZ ALUM”…ARIE LUYENDYK JR. REMAINS FOCUSED ON RACING DESPITE REALITY SHOW FAME

 

Arie Luyendyk Jr. still has a passion for motorsports despite his newfound Hollywood status.PHOTO BY MOTORSPORT IMAGE – LAT

The 36-year-old currently competes in Stadium Super Trucks

By Mike Brudenell

Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s passion for racing still burns strong despite well-documented business and romantic pursuits as of late.

Luyendyk, 36, is probably best known these days for his role on the ABC series “The Bachelor,” on which he recently became engaged, under controversial circumstances, to contestant Lauren Burnham. He previously appeared as a contestant on “The Bachelorette” in season 8.

Luyendyk and Burnham are in Detroit this weekend, where he will compete in the Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks Series, one of the support races to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear at Belle Isle, a double round of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

In fact, Luyendyk is driving the No. 25 Lear truck. He won the most recent race in the series in Perth, Australia, in May.

“This is my 20th year of being a professional racer,” said Luyendyk, the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, Arie Luyendyk. “I still have the same love for the sport and driving as when I started. Your focus changes a little bit as you get older, you think more about family, but racing trucks is just the perfect solution to scratching my itch at the moment.”

Luyendyk has raced many forms of cars — including Indy Lights, where he made 60 starts — and sports cars. In 2006, he made the Indy 500 field and finished 28th.

“I don’t own a team, so I can just turn up and drive,” said Luyendyk of his truck program. “I can still do my real estate business in Arizona.”

Luyendyk and his fiancée are busy setting up shop.

“We just closed on a home in Phoenix today,” said Luyendyk on Belle Isle on Thursday. “That’s exciting. I guess life is fulfilled.”

Of course, Luyendyk would still race an Indy car if offered. It’s in his DNA.

“I’m super passionate about driving,” said Luyendyk. “But, to be honest, it’s hard at my age to hunt for money to drive an Indy Car or a sports car. But it’s alright. The trucks are so unique, really fun to drive and are a crowd favorite. I’m not complaining.”

Luyendyk said 2018 “has been an awesome year for me.”

“I’ve gained a partner, closed on a house and business is good,” said Luyendyk. “Just completely unexpected.”