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January 24, 2014 | By Dave Lewandowski
Two-time Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Arie Luyendyk is among seven individuals who will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in August.
Luyendyk, 60, of the Netherlands, won the 500 Mile Race in 1990 and '97 and earned the pole in 1993, '97 and '99. He holds the Indianapolis Motor Speedway qualifying lap record of 237.498 mph set in 1996, and his average speed record set in 1990 (185.981 mph) was finally broken by Tony Kanaan (187.433 mph) last May.
"Needless to say I'm excited and honored," said Luyendyk, who remains active in INDYCAR as a driver steward. "I never thought coming from the Netherlands at the end of 1980 to compete in my very first race in the USA at Phoenix International Raceway and exploring the USA racing scene that I would end up winning Indy twice and compete in Indy cars for 18 years. To receive this recognition for my accomplishments is the next best thing to winning races."
Luyendyk competed in his first full Champ Car season in 1985, winning rookie of the year title in the series and Indianapolis 500. The 1990 Indy 500, in which he was driving for Doug Shierson Racing, was his first victory in the series. Overall, he made 18 starts at the Speedway.
Luyendyk won the 1977 European Super Vee championship, and moved in 1984 to the United States, where he promptly won the Super Vee championship.
Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, made the announcement at Daytona International Raceway in conjunction with the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, which Luyendyk won in 1998.
The 26th class also includes Rusty Wallace, drag racer Raymond Beadle, Bardahl Oil Company founder Ole Bardahl, IMSA co-founder John Bishop, three-time AMA Grand National champion Ricky Graham, and 1952 and '54 AAA stock car champion and 1957 Indianapolis 500 competitor Marshall Teague.
"The depth and breadth of American motorsports is reflected in the 2014 class of inductees," Watson said.
Watson also announced that the hall will move from Novi, Mich., to Daytona International Speedway's new tours building in 2016.