News & Multimedia

Two-Time Indy 500 Champion Luyendyk Elected To Hall

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.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Two-Time Indy 500 Champion Luyendyk Elected To Hall
 
Two-Time Indy 500 Champion Luyendyk Elected To Hall
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.
Read More
Related Media
Will Power
 
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule Unveiled
INDYCAR announced the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today featuring 17 race events, two new race venues and a total of six ABC and 13 NBCSN event broadcasts. The diverse calendar of events – which features six ovals, six road courses and four temporary street circuits – includes a total of 14 markets making a return to the calendar from 2014.
Read More
A.J. Foyt Racing
 
Hawksworth Joins A.J. Foyt Racing For 2015
It has been Larry Foyt’s longtime goal to expand A.J. Foyt Racing’s Verizon IndyCar Series presence to two full-time entries, and with impeccable timing primary sponsor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has stepped up to make it a reality.
Read More
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins at Martinsville
Dale Earnhardt Jr. can’t win the 2014 Sprint Cup title, but can still grab special race victories.
Read More
Cal Crutchlow
 
MotoGP Unveils 2015 Entry List
The provisional entry list for the premier class for 2015 has been released today and the MotoGP grid will have a distinctly different look about it next year.
Read More
Kurt Busch and Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Hunter-Reay and Busch Team Up Again
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Kurt Busch will be teammates again Dec. 13-14 when they will represent the USA in the Race of Champions' Nations Cup at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,766
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Phil Sparks at (317) 492-6463 or email at psparks@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
What better day to talk about a driver by the name of Bobby Grim than #Halloween? He was Rookie of the Year in 1959. http://t.co/y6ySNuk6xy
about 48 minutes ago