Arie Luyendyk Jr. prepares for Rolex 24 at Daytona (Scottsdale, AZ) -- Arie Luyendyk Jr., Indy Racing League competitor and son of two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, will pilot the ...
Arie Luyendyk Jr. prepares for Rolex 24 at Daytona
(Scottsdale, AZ) -- Arie Luyendyk Jr., Indy Racing League competitor and son of two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, will pilot the #9 Multimatic Ford Focus Daytona Prototype car sponsored by Mears Motor Coach in the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona for the SpeedSource team on January 29--February 1, 2004. Arie Jr. will be teamed with veteran endurance racers Mike Borkowski, Paul Mears Jr. and Nick Ham.
SpeedSource has had many years of success in endurance racing, particularly in Mazdas, but 2004 will be their first attempt in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the powerful Daytona Prototype machines, the premier class in the Rolex Sports Car Series
"I am very excited about the chance to compete in the Rolex 24 At Daytona," said Arie Jr. "This will be the SpeedSource team's first run at that prestigious race in the Daytona Prototype class, so I'm hoping I can run a strong race for them in their inaugural attempt in that class. SpeedSource and owner Sylvain Tremblay have given me a great opportunity to show my talents in the greatest endurance race in America. I can't wait to get on track and start working with my new teammates, Mike (Borkowski), Paul (Mears Jr.) and Nick (Ham)."
SpeedSource owner Sylvain Tremblay assembled a few veterans to partner with 22-year-old Arie Jr. for this mammoth event. "We're excited to have Arie on our team for this prestigious race," stated Tremblay. "It's great that we were able to put Arie Jr. with seasoned veterans like (Mike) Borkowski, (Paul) Mears Jr. and (Nick) Ham on the #9 car. A good finish will be expected by the entire team with the talent and experience we have in that car. It's going to be fun to watch."
Arie Jr. participated in a practice session for the Rolex 24 At Daytona January 3-5, 2004 -- notes from those sessions are posted below.