Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Hopes To Lasso Win In Wild, Wild Texas Do you like racing at Texas Motor Speedway? "I like running at Texas a lot. The racing is close and it produces racing two- and three-wide the whole time we are out there. I'm ...
Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Hopes To Lasso Win In Wild, Wild Texas
Do you like racing at Texas Motor Speedway?
"I like running at Texas a lot. The racing is close and it produces racing two- and three-wide the whole time we are out there. I'm excited for the opportunity to go back this year and hopefully pull out a win. It will also be exciting to run the same weekend with my dad - we had that opportunity last year at Michigan (Arie Luyendyk, Sr. will be racing in Sunday's "Heroes of Indy" race). He's not racing the big cars this time, but it will be fun watching him drive around the track."
Are you going into this last race of the IPS season with the same strategy as the other races?
"We've got a new engine for this race, which is a big thing. We are going with a the same setup as we had for Chicago, and that was a good weekend for us, so the car should be equally as good - we should be able to improve on the finish from California."
Take me on a lap of TMS?
"It's typically like the other 1.5-mile ovals, but the frontstraight has two corners. You have to be careful not to get into the grass when you are racing side by side. It goes from pretty low banking to really high banking around the track, which produces a lot of g forces in the corners."
What do you expect from the IPS race this weekend?
"I expect to win."
"Firestone Heroes of Indy" Pre-Race Quotes From Arie Luyendyk, Sr.:
On the Firestone Heroes Of Indy race:
"The group that they have assembled is an awesome group, with unbelievable history. It is good to be among them and be included in this celebration. I've looked at these guys (other "Firestone Heroes of Indy" competitors) and followed them since before I lived in the United States. They all have accomplished a lot and they are a huge part of IndyCar history. To be included as part of this group is really rewarding."
About being invited to the "Heroes of Indy" race:
"Eddie (Gossage) invited me to the "Heroes of Indy" race, and I accepted. But I told him that I hope he's not including me as a retired driver - I'm just there having a good time. I'm not one of the retired ones, let me make that perfectly clear."
About racing on the same weekend as son Arie, Jr., who will be competing in the season-ending IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series race on Saturday:
(Luyendyk was declared the winner of the inaugural 1997 IRL race at Texas over driver Billy Boat after a scoring error was discovered and Boat's apparent victory was overturned. A confrontation ensued in Victory Lane between Luyendyk and Boat's car owner, A.J. Foyt.)
"I just hope he can win this race and add his name to the list of winners at Texas (Motor Speedway), just like me. I won a night race there, which was very cool to win. Let's just say it was a controversial race and leave it at that."
PREVIOUS TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY EXPERIENCE
Arie Luyendyk, Jr. raced in the final race of the 2002 IRL Infiniti Pro Series race at TMS, qualifying 3rd and finishing 7th.
Arie Luyendyk, Sr. was declared the winner of the inaugural IRL race at TMS in 1997 over driver Billy Boat after a scoring error was discovered and Boat's apparent victory was overturned.