INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003 -- Second-generation open-wheel ace Arie Luyendyk Jr. will drive for Sinden Racing Service during the 2003 Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series season, team officials announced Jan. 2.
Luyendyk, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, finished second in the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series championship. Luyendyk, 21, captured the pole for the Michigan 100 and earned four second-place finishes in seven races.
"We're delighted to have Arie stay in the Infiniti Pro Series for a second year, and we're particularly pleased that he will team with Sinden Racing," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Infiniti Pro Series. "Arie was one of the first to sign up for the Pro Series when we launched it last year, and the Sinden team provided us with a great deal of valuable feedback as we developed the program.
"It's appropriate that two parties who were so instrumental to the success of the inaugural season have joined together. I'm sure they will make a great combination."
Founded in 1987, Sinden Racing Service has fielded Indy Racing cars for drivers such as Davey Hamilton, Robbie Buhl, Jeff Ward, Steve Kinser and J.J. Yeley since the debut of the Indy Racing League in 1996. Last season, the team campaigned USAC standout Ed Carpenter in the Infiniti Pro Series. Carpenter finished third in the series standings.
"Arie did a really good job at the test for us in Phoenix (Dec. 17-18)," said Jeff Sinden, who co-owns Indianapolis-based Sinden Racing Service with Joe Kennedy. "We turned that into his tryout, and now we're happy to have him on board with us for the year."
The feeling is mutual.
"I'm excited by the opportunity to work with Sinden Racing," said Luyendyk, from Scottsdale, Ariz. "With everything I learned last year, combined with the strength and reliability that Sinden showed with Ed Carpenter, I think it will make for a winning team."
In addition to their Infiniti Pro Series effort, Sinden Racing Service provides innovative, high-quality products and services to the racing industry and operates the Indy Racing League's two-seat Indy car program, the "Indy Racing Experience."