The past two years Luyendyk Jr. has been a front runner at Chicago Speedway. In 2002 Luyendyk led the most laps and went on to finish second after losing the lead 22 laps from the end. In 2003 Luyendyk ran a consistent race starting fourth and ...
The past two years Luyendyk Jr. has been a front runner at Chicago Speedway. In 2002 Luyendyk led the most laps and went on to finish second after losing the lead 22 laps from the end. In 2003 Luyendyk ran a consistent race starting fourth and running in the lead group finishing where he started.
Luyendyk Jr. and the AFS Team were fourth in both practice sessions and put the car on the outside of row two, qualifying fourth with a speed of 188.777 m.p.h.
The race start wasn't ideal and Luyendyk dropped back because of an aero push in the first corner. "I had to lift and I lost a bit on the start of the race." Luyendyk fought his way back to the front with three wide passing and some great advice from his spotter. "My Dad really helped me with this race, the pack was so close and he really gave me some good advice." Luyendyk ran as high as third but would have to settle for a fourth place finish at the end of the race.
"Towards the end, we had the strategy of going nose-to-tail and saving it for the last lap. We were able to break away from the field because everyone really worked well together. I had a little bit of an advantage on Al (Unser) coming off of (Turn) 4, but I wanted to save it for the last lap. I did, but the two guys ahead of (Unser) didn't stay low, and I couldn't get the pass pulled off, so we're fourth again. We've finished fourth, fifth and fourth, so we have good consistency. Every weekend we're getting stronger. The car was great in the pack and every weekend this crew is making the car stronger. The last the last two races should be interesting."
With two races left in the Championship Luyendyk sits one point out of third place.