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Luyendyk Jr. Vows Rookie Session Push Team Netherlands rookie Arie Luyendyk Jr has vowed to do all he can to provide Jeroen Bleekemolen with the perfect race weekend set-up in the team's quest for A1GP glory this season. Luyendyk Jr has been ...

Luyendyk Jr. Vows Rookie Session Push

Team Netherlands rookie Arie Luyendyk Jr has vowed to do all he can to provide Jeroen Bleekemolen with the perfect race weekend set-up in the team's quest for A1GP glory this season. Luyendyk Jr has been selected as the squad's official rookie for the 2007/08 campaign, and will take part in all of the Friday morning sessions before le A1 ad driver Bleekemolen takes over the car for racing duties. Luyendyk, 25, has been racing over in the USA for the last six years, as a front-runner in the Indy Pro Series. He is the son of Arie Luyundyk, who won the prestigious Indy 500 twice in his career. Although there are currently no plans for him to race this season, Luyendyk reckons technical feedback from the two 25-minute sessions could prove critical this season.

"The most important thing is to finish first in the championship and the team really wants to win the championship with Jeroen, said Luyendyk. My role is to help with the set--up of the car, which is very crucial with the limited amount of testing that we have for the team. Getting a good start to the weekend is very important. I know that in some places the rookie session pace is pretty similar to the pace at first practice."

"It is very important to have a good baseline set-up with the limited amount of testing. And the rookie driver has a very important role if the lead driver is not a rookie. In the session you really want to optimize the baseline set-up and bed in brakes to get it all ready so when Jeroen jumps in the car it is really much better."

-credit: a1gp

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Series A1GP
Drivers Arie Luyendyk , Jeroen Bleekemolen