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Arie Luyendyk - Story of a Champion

1984

The 1984 season was one to remember for Luyendyk, one that set the stage for the future of his racing career. Driving for Provimi Veal, Arie won the Bosch Super Vee Series and made his IndyCar debut at his 'home track', Elkhart Lake's Road America. After starting a modest 18th, Luyendyk ran a steady race into 8th place at the flag. The result led to a full-time drive in IndyCars for the 1985 season with Provimi Racing.

1985 - 1987

Arie put together a solid first year in IndyCar racing in 1985. A 7th place finish in his first Indianapolis 500 resulted in the Rookie of the Year Award. With five top-ten finishes and a season high finish of 5th.

Arie Luyendyk, Jr.

At age 10 Luyendyk Jr. began his career in motorsports. Starting in a 100cc Go-kart Luyendyk moved up in the karting ranks and competed in local karting events up until he moved in to open-wheel Formula Ford cars at age 16.

In 1998, during Luyendyk's second ever Formula Ford 1600 race he claimed pole position and went on to win a regional SCCA event at Phoenix International Raceway. After a few more races in regional competition Luyendyk competed in three Dutch / Benelux Formula Ford 1800 races in Europe, he claimed two top ten finishes in the competitive European series.

The following year Arie Jr. moved up into National SCCA Formula Ford 1600 competition and recorded his first National win in his third series start. He also competed in the Dutch / Benelux Formula Ford 1800 Series and claimed a fifth place finish at the prestigious Marlboro Masters in Zandvoort, Holland.

2000 saw Arie Jr. competing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series. He claimed a pole position and race win in his first series start and went on to finish in the top three seven of the eight events he competed in. In that same year Arie ran a full season of US Formula Ford 2000. USF2000 was extremely competitive and had fields in excess of 30 cars at most races. Luyendyk had two fifth place finishes at Road America and another at Indianapolis Raceway.

In 2001 Luyendyk returned to the USF2000 series improving on his rookie season by netting nine top ten finishes with a best finish of fourth at Watkins Glen and Indianapolis Raceway Park. Luyendyk finished ninth in the Championship and fifth in the "Oval Crown Championship". That same year Luyendyk went on to finish third in the Valvoline Run-offs at Mid-Ohio in the Formula Continental class.

In addition Luyendyk ran in the Marlboro Masters Formula Ford 1800 race in his home country of Holland and finished third completing a 1-2-3 finish by Geva Racing in a year old chassis.

2002 marked the inaugural year for the Infiniti Pro Series. Luyendyk ran the full season and earned four second place finishes in seven events including one pole position at Michigan International Speedway. Luyendyk finished second in the championship. During the off season Arie completed his IRL rookie test at Kentucky Speedway with a top speed of 218.4 m.p.h.

The next year was a struggle, 2003 saw Luyendyk as the favorite for the championship but finished a disappointing seventh in the overall standings. Arie recorded five top-five finishes, led 56 laps, and earned two pole positions at Michigan International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Arie was voted “Most Popular Driver” by the fans and accepted the award presented by the IRL Crew.

2004 saw Arie compete in his first Rolex 24 hours of Daytona race. Mechanical problems ended the race for Luyendyk but he gained great experience running in the Prototype Class. In 2004 Arie returned to the Infiniti Pro Series. In the first three races Luyendyk had two top-three finishes, a second at Phoenix International Raceway and a third at the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The middle of the season Luyendyk struggled and dropped out of many races.

With five races to go Luyendyk switched teams to AFS Racing and recorded 4 top five finishes and led 24 laps before a disappointing DNF because of a cut tire in California. Luyendyk ended the season third in points recording four front row starts and six top-five finishes. Arie Jr. also earned the “Most Popular Driver” award for the second consecutive year.

Ryan Arciero

Ryan has always found a way to win. In each series he has raced, he has fought, clawed, cleaved, pushed, pulled, and/or dragged his way through the field until he stood on the podium. Along the way, he has exhibited a talent for driving that is evenly matched with his desire. He's been on the podium 18 times in the last 5 years.

With a family history deep entrenched in the racing world - there was never any question as to what he would become someday. Racing has always been part of Ryan's existence. His grandfather raced. His father and uncle raced. From the time he was a small child - it was what he wanted to do too.

Highly intelligent and motivated, Ryan understood that there was much more to racing success than driving. There was marketing. Mechanics. Engineering. Business. He knew that in order to create a career for himself, he needed to be fluent in all these disciplines. He studied and practiced and built - and then he raced.

By 1995 he was consistently competing at the top of the off-road racing field. By 1998, he burst through it - visiting the podium with enough regularity to claim the Best in the Desert Off-Road Racing Series Class Points Championship. Shortly thereafter, he and his partner Bob Gordon won the Baja 1000 (Class One). In 1999, he continued his success, taking 2nd in the Baja 1000 and 3rd in the SCORE Points Championship.

During these years, Ryan began to work on his ultimate goal of driving open wheel racecars. He completed the Advance Racing Course with Russell Racing, and joined the Russell/USAC Championship Series in race 6 of the 12-race season. In these last six races, Ryan completely out-drove his competition, taking 1st place in four races, 2nd in the fifth, and led the last race until he had mechanical problems. Despite his late start, he took 3rd in the series and won Rookie of the Year. He has since tested in Barber Dodge and Toyota Atlantic racecars.

For the 2000 season, Ryan proved that his endurance was as deep as his skills. As a member of the Herzog Motorsports racing team, he was invited to race a factory Chevrolet Trophy Truck and compete in the year's most challenging races: The Nevada 2000 and the Baja 2000 (both unprecedented 2000 mile races). He won the Nevada race and took 3rd in Baja - reaching speeds upwards of 140 mph on the smooth stretches. In the Baja race, Arciero and his partner, Mark Miller overcame an early mishap and passed 180 vehicles - going from dead last to the podium.

Outside of the driver's seat, Ryan has a pristine reputation as an honest, caring, and colorful person. He has taken an active interest in different charities, manages a part of the family business, and is extremely articulate and well spoken. Focused, clean-cut, and recently married, he is both a memorable and positive character for any sponsor to get behind.

2001 saw Ryan quite active - racing in the Ultra-Wheels Super Truck Series (similar to NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series), overseeing the development of a Mitsubishi Off-Road Program with driver Hiro Matsushitsu, and working his way towards running in the upper-levels of NASCAR competition. This year so far, Ryan has run nearly 17 races in the Super Trucks Series, and has pulled home two wins, six pole positions, five podium finishes, and 9 top-10 finishes.

In 2002, Ryan ran 19 races in the Ultra Wheels Super Trucks Series, and pulled home two wins, seven pole positions (breaking the series record, five podium finishes, and 9 top-10 finishes.

2003 has seen continued success, with Ryan pulling in more wins (4) and more poles (6) than any other driver in the Ultra Wheels Super Truck Series. In his spare time, he and fellow driver, Mark Miller, won the Baja 500 and Parker 425 off-road races.

Within whatever series he runs in, Ryan will continue to fight his way to the podium - creating exposure for his sponsors - and affirming that Arciero is a name that racing fans will never forget.

Boris Said

Although he may be a relative newcomer to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, Boris Said is no stranger to the international motorsports world. In fact, it is quite an understatement to say that he has had a diverse - and successful - racing career.

"I opened a motorcycle store in 1983," he said. "I was totally into motorcycles, but in 1985 a friend gave me some tickets to the Detroit Grand Prix. At that race I saw (SCCA club-racing champion) Bob Sharp, whose car dealership was about six miles from my motorcycle shop, and asked him how to get into racing. He gave me some very good advice when I asked some really stupid questions."

Since then, racing has been Said's passion. Said was soon driving a 1987 Showroom Stock GT Mustang in SCCA amateur races. A self-crewed Corvette Challenge effort won Said the 1998 Rookie of the Year award. He continued to race Corvettes for the next few years and won the SCCA Showroom Stock GT National Championship in 1989, 1990 and 1991. The 1992 IMSA Endurance Challenge Sports driver's championship gave Said four titles in as many years.

Reeves Callaway tabbed Said to drive his Callaway Corvette in Europe in 1993 and 1994. After finishing eighth in the ADAC German Cup in 1993, Said got his first start at Le Mans - from the GT2 pole - the next year, as well as another pole and a win at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Back in the United States, Said joined the SCCA Trans-Am Series, winning the Rising Star of the Year Award.

Off the track Said continued to push his career by talking to every team owner who would listen. Ten years after going to his first race as a spectator, Team PTG owner Tom Milner hired Said to drive in his BMW M3 IMSA program. Said won 15 races, including the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1997 and 1998 and the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1998.

Said soon became interested in the top level of American motorsports -- NASCAR. A full-time Craftsman Truck Series ride in 1997 and 1998 brought only one win, but the experience was invaluable as he was sought out by top Cup teams to school drivers in the art of road racing. In his first Cup start in 1998 at Watkins Glen, Said qualified fifth and went on to be a front-row starter and race leader in 1999. Some of Said's best performances in Cup races include sixth-place finishes the past two years at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. He also captured the pole in MB2 Motorsports' No. 01 U.S. Army car at the 2003 Sonoma race and drove it to 10th place in the 2004 Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Henri Pescarolo

The son of a leading French surgeon, Pescarolo was himself a medical student before motor racing got on the way of his studies and he was carried forward on the flood tide of French motor racing nationalism with Matra and Jean-Pierre Beltoise during the mid-1960s.

French Formula 3 Champion in 1966, he soon moved up into Formula 1, but his long-term career prospects were very nearly jeopardized when he suffered unpleasant facial burns while testing a Matra sports car at Le Mans in the spring of 1969. He returned to the cockpit to win the Formula 2 class of that year's German Grand Prix and was promoted to the Matra Formula 1 team the following year alongside Beltoise, the highlight of his efforts being a strong third place at Monaco.

He switched to Frank Williams' team in 1971, finishing fourth in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone with the British entrant's March 711, but after a disappointing second season with Frank's operation then dropped out of Formula 1 until 1974. He then returned as part of the uncompetitive Motul BRM squad before having another year out before one final try with a rented Surtees TS19 in 1976, again with little success.

Formal and rather distant, Pescarolo never achieved the level of success in Formula 1 that his earlier single seater successes hinted at. However, he was a top line sports car driver and scored a hat trick of Le Mans victories for Matra in 1972 (sharing with Graham Hill) and in 1973 and 74 (sharing with Gerard Larrousse).

Sebastien Bourdais

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Won Champ Car World Series Championship in 2004
  • Led series in victories, poles, laps led and qualifying average in 2004
  • Won Poles For First Two Races Of Champ Car Career
  • Won FIA International F3000 Championship in 2002
  • Won 24 Hours of Spa Endurance Race in 2002
  • Has Competed In Three 24 of Le Mans Events

1996

Finished seventh in the French Formula Renault Championship, earning one podium finish. Won the 24 Hours of Le Mans karting event.

1997

Won four races and five poles in the French Formula Renault Championship. Earned 11 podium finishes in 16 races.

1998

Rookie of the Year in French Formula 3 Championship, winning five races and four poles to finish sixth in the championship.

1999

Won French Formula 3 Championship, winning eight races, three poles and setting four fastest race laps. Competed in his first 24 Hours of Le Mans.

2000

Finished ninth in FIA International F3000 Championship while competing with Prost Junior Team. Earned pole at Magny Cours and placed a season-high second at the French track. Finished fourth at 24 Hours of Le Mans.

2001

Competed in FIA International F3000 Championship, winning at Silverstone and taking a pole at the A1 Ring. Earned podiums at Budapest and Hockenheim en route to a fourth-place finish in the championship with Team DAMS. Posted top-15 finishes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.

2002

Won FIA International F3000 Championship, winning races at Imola, Monaco and Nurburgring as well as seven pole positions while driving for Super Nova Racing. Earned seven podiums and turned fastest race lap in three events. Won two races in FIA Sport competition and also co-drove the Team Labre machine to victory in the 24 Hours of Spa.

2003

The 24-year-old Le Mans, France native came to the Newman/Haas Racing squad after winning the 2002 FIA International F3000 Championship…Claimed the pole for his very first race, pacing qualifying at St. Petersburg, where he became the first rookie in series history to lead the first lap of his initial Champ Car start…Backed that up with another pole in the year's second event, leading Monterey qualifying with a track-record performance, becoming the first rookie since Nigel Mansell in 1993 to win the pole for each of his first two series starts…Paced 95 laps at Brands Hatch, including the final 33, to claim the first win of his career, and then followed that up with a thrilling victory at Lausitz, leading 74 laps and surviving a short run through the infield grass to nip Mario Dominguez by 0.084 seconds for his second victory…Won from pole in Champ Car's first-ever nighttime road-course event in Cleveland and would use that win as a springboard for a rookie-record five consecutive top-five finishes…Clinched the series' Rookie-of-the-Year title with a runner-up finish in Mexico City…Posted the best qualifying average (3.67) of any driver in the series…Became the first rookie to win the Greg Moore Legacy Award, which honors the memory of the late Champ Car star… Teamed with Sarrazin and Lagorce in a Courage-Peugeot for Pescarolo Sport in November in the 1000 km pre-qualifying race for the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans.

2004

The flying Frenchman led the series in victories, poles, laps led and qualifying average en route to his first Champ Car title after only 32 Champ Car career starts. During his sophomore year, he finished on the podium ten out of fourteen races, including seven wins. The first win in 2004 for him came from the pole in Monterrey. His qualifying effort was top-notch, seeing him start in the top three in every race, not to mention on pole in eight events. In addition to winning the championship, he won the $100,000 Corona Cup award for scoring the most points in both Mexico races and the Bridgestone Passion for Excellence Award for the second consecutive year.

Bruno Junqueira

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three-time Champ Car Series Runner-up
  • Captured First Career Victory at Road America During Rookie Season
  • Earned First Pole at Nazareth in Third Series Qualifying Attempt
  • 2000 FIA International F3000 Champion

1991

Became a Regional Karting Champion in Brazil and won the Brazilian group B Karting Championship.

1992

Named the Brazilian Group A Karting Champion and the Brazilian Intercontinental C Karting Champion.

1993

Entered the South American Karting Championship … Finished fourth overall.

1994

Graduated from karts to the Brazilian Formula 3 Championship … Ended the season in fourth place.

1995

Began his first season in the South American Formula 3 series, closing out the year fifth in the point standings.

1996

Competed in the South American Formula 3 Championship and finished sixth.

1997

Dominated the South American Formula 3 series, winning the championship with six wins and two second-place performances … Collected 10 pole positions.

1998

Competed in the FIA International Championship, finishing 14th with Draco.

1999

Finished fifth in the FIA International F3000 Championship …Captured one victory at Hockenheim and finished second at Silverstone with the Petrobras Junior team … Teammate at Petrobras was former Champ Car driver Max Wilson … Served as a Williams F1 test driver.

2000

Claimed the 2000 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship title with four wins and one second-place performance as a member of the Petrobras Junior team … Recorded three consecutive wins at Barcelona, the Nürburgring (Germany) and Monte Carlo) during the season … Other win was from the pole in Hungary … Outdistanced new Target Chip Ganassi teammate Nicolas Minassian by three points for the championship … Served as a Williams F1 test driver.

2001

Put together an impressive performance during his rookie season for Target Chip Ganassi Racing … Earned a victory at Road America and a pole position at Nazareth while scoring championship points in nine of 20 starts, including five of the final eight … Also finished fourth at Milwaukee and in the season finale at California Speedway … Finished fifth in the 85th Indianapolis 500 to cap a sweep of the top five finishing positions by Champ Car drivers … Finished runner-up to Scott Dixon of the PacWest Racing Group in the chase for the $50,000 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award … Finished 16th in the championship with 68 points.

2002

Sophomore season was a breakout campaign for Junqueira despite the fact that his car owner did not officially hire him until a few weeks before the season started… A slow start left him with two points after the first two races but the Brazilian would go on a tear after that, winning from the pole at Motegi to start a string of five straight top-10s that included second-place runs at Portland and Chicago… Led all 100 laps to win inaugural Grand Prix of Denver, took poles and finished third at Road America and Mexico City…Finished second in the championship with 164 points.

2003

Took over for 2002 series champion and fellow Belo Horizonte, Brazil native Cristiano da Matta at Newman/Haas Racing and showed himself a worthy replacement right out of the gate… Finished in top five in 11 of year's first 12 races…Capped that streak by defending his title at Road America, becoming the first driver of the season to capture the maximum 23 points on a weekend after his win from pole, and more importantly, left Road America with the championship lead, holding the top spot in the standings for the first time in his career…Defended his 2002 Denver win with ease, winning from pole on the streets of the Colorado capital for the second consecutive season and closed to within 18 points of the series lead with three races to run …Scored nine podium finishes to go with his two wins and two poles and has finished on the podium in 28 percent of his 57 career Champ Car starts… Became the first driver in 10 years to finish as the Champ Car World Series runner-up in consecutive seasons and set a new personal best by amassing 199 championship points.

2004

He posted another quality season in his fourth Champ Car stint, but came short of the title by 28 points and was the series runner-up for the third consecutive year, which made him the first driver in 29 years to accomplish that feat in the series. Scored ten podium finishes including six straight to close the season. He kept the championship battle alive by pulling off his second win of the season in Australia, taking the championship battle to the season finale. He became the first driver to win in each of his first four years in Champ Cars since Bobby Rahal (1982-85).

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