IRL: Indy 500: Luyendyk Jr, Mike Curb anouncement

CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Announces Driver for the 89th Indianapolis 500. Arie Luyendyk Jr. has been named the driver of the No. 98 CURB/Agajanian/ Beck Motorsports entry for the Indianapolis 500. Luyendyk, 23, will make his IRL...

CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Announces Driver for the 89th Indianapolis 500.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. has been named the driver of the No. 98 CURB/Agajanian/ Beck Motorsports entry for the Indianapolis 500.

Luyendyk, 23, will make his IRL IndyCar Series® and Indianapolis 500 debut if he qualifies for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunity Greg Beck, Cary Agajanian and Mike Curb are giving me to drive in the Indianapolis 500," Luyendyk said. "It's been a dream of mine to race in the Indianapolis 500, especially because of what my father has accomplished. I've been working toward this chance by racing in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series, and feel I'm ready for this important step in my career."

Luyendyk Jr.'s accomplishments include finishing second in the inaugural Menards Infiniti Pro Series championship in 2002, and also finishing third in the 2004 championship. He passed his IRL Rookie Test in October 2002 at Kentucky Speedway in a Treadway Racing-prepared car previously driven by his father.

"Arie has done a great job in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series and we felt that he was ready for the challenge of Indy," said team owner Greg Beck. "We have a strong package with Chevy power and a Dallara chassis to help give Arie a great opportunity in his first Indy 500."

Luyendyk's father won the Indianapolis 500 in 1990 and 1997, and holds the single-lap qualifying record as well as the fastest four-lap average. Luyendyk also holds the record for the fastest 500-mile race at an average speed of 185.981 mph.

Luyendyk Jr. will receive an opportunity to pass the Rookie Orientation Program on May 19, according to IndyCar Series President Brian Barnhart.

The Luyendyks would become the 24th father-son combination to have competed in the Indianapolis 500.

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