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By Steve Crowe and Steve Crowe,Knight-Ridder | August 5, 1991
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Arie Luyendyk, struggling through a sponsor-less season, drove like a man repossessed.But pole-sitter Rick Mears just kept driving away, winning yesterday's Marlboro 500 in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 at Michigan International Speedway.It was Mears' first 500-mile victory in 11 tries at the track owned by his boss, Indy-car kingpin Roger Penske. And it made Mears the first driver since Gordon Johncock to win 500-mile events at Indianapolis and Michigan in the same year.
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By Sandra McKee | May 26, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - Almost everyone's eyes will be on the front of the field when the green flag falls on the Indianapolis 500 today, but keep an eye open for car No. 55, starting on the outside of the eighth row. Starting 24th, much farther back than he likes, much farther back than he's used to, will be two-time Indy winner Arie Luyendyk. Once a young driver searching for rides and begging for sponsors, Luyendyk is now the oldest driver in the field. But at 48, he is also still one of the most taken with where he will be today.
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By Sandra McKee | May 26, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - Almost everyone's eyes will be on the front of the field when the green flag falls on the Indianapolis 500 today, but keep an eye open for car No. 55, starting on the outside of the eighth row. Starting 24th, much farther back than he likes, much farther back than he's used to, will be two-time Indy winner Arie Luyendyk. Once a young driver searching for rides and begging for sponsors, Luyendyk is now the oldest driver in the field. But at 48, he is also still one of the most taken with where he will be today.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 31, 1999
INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the most tantalizing races in modern Indianapolis 500 history turned on a splash of fuel yesterday. Robby Gordon needed it. Kenny Brack didn't.With one lap left and Gordon apparently headed for the checkered flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the off-road racing veteran abruptly turned down pit row for enough methanol to go the final 2 1/2 miles.Brack, a Swedish driver recruited by A. J. Foyt last year, shot to the front and a lap later gave Foyt his fifth Indy 500 triumph -- four as a driver and now his first as a car owner.
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By BOSTON GLOBE | May 10, 1996
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arie Luyendyk, the lone former winner among the entrants for the 80th Indianapolis 500, vaulted to the role of favorite yesterday when he turned in three consecutive laps in excess of 237 mph, including a final go-round of 237.774, the fastest practice lap in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history."
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | May 28, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mixed signals almost cost Arie Luyendyk his second career Indianapolis 500 victory yesterday.Faced with a high-speed game of what do you trust -- the green flag or the yellow lights at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Luyendyk reacted like a true racer. He followed his instincts, stood on the throttle and outhustled equally confused teammate Scott Goodyear to the checkered flag after the 200th and final lap of the 81st Indianapolis 500.A race already made noteworthy by two days of rain, and for the debut of the Indy Racing League's new specification cars here, added a chapter to Goodyear's star-crossed Indy story.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1996
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arie Luyendyk settles into his chair with a comfortable sense of satisfaction. The month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway hasn't gone exactly the way he had planned or hoped. It produced a moment of major disappointment when he didn't win the pole, and a lingering heartache when his best friend, Scott Brayton, was killed during practice.But on this overcast day, with the race two days away, Luyendyk can appreciate the fact that despite everything, he is the favorite win tomorrow's 80th Indianapolis 500."
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By Robert Markus and Robert Markus,Chicago Tribune | May 8, 1991
INDIANAPOLIS -- His name is Arie Luyendyk and he is the defending champion of the Indianapolis 500. But you can just call him Arie. In fact, he wishes you would. After all, they called the great sculptor simply "Michelangelo," didn't they? And didn't they just call the painter "Leonardo"?"When [racing] people say 'Mario,' " says Luyendyk, whose quest will begin Saturday with the first of four days of qualifications, "you know they mean Mario Andretti. Even when they say 'Michael' you know they're talking about Michael Andretti.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 31, 1999
INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the most tantalizing races in modern Indianapolis 500 history turned on a splash of fuel yesterday. Robby Gordon needed it. Kenny Brack didn't.With one lap left and Gordon apparently headed for the checkered flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the off-road racing veteran abruptly turned down pit row for enough methanol to go the final 2 1/2 miles.Brack, a Swedish driver recruited by A. J. Foyt last year, shot to the front and a lap later gave Foyt his fifth Indy 500 triumph -- four as a driver and now his first as a car owner.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | May 31, 1993
INDIANAPOLIS -- The world driving champion walked ever so slowly to the podium. When he got there, he seemed to collapse into the chair. He just had driven the longest race of his career.He leaned his elbows on the table, ran an index finger around the inside of the dirty collar of his driver's suit, and then rubbed his eyes.So, Nigel Mansell, how was your first Indianapolis 500?"I'm glad it's over," he said and giggled. "I think hitting the wall at 220, bouncing off and continuing on is very impressive, don't you?
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1998
INDIANAPOLIS -- Before this Indianapolis 500, veteran drivers talked about their need to beware of the eight rookies in the field. And the talk was right, but maybe not the way the veterans meant it.The rookies had a day, taking six of the top 12 spots.Rookie Steve Knapp, who started 23rd, drove a wonderful race and finished third, one of just three drivers on the lead lap."The team did a super job, and the car was really good," said Knapp, 34, who started his career in 1985 in the Sports Car Club of America's Formula Vee class.
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | May 28, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mixed signals almost cost Arie Luyendyk his second career Indianapolis 500 victory yesterday.Faced with a high-speed game of what do you trust -- the green flag or the yellow lights at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Luyendyk reacted like a true racer. He followed his instincts, stood on the throttle and outhustled equally confused teammate Scott Goodyear to the checkered flag after the 200th and final lap of the 81st Indianapolis 500.A race already made noteworthy by two days of rain, and for the debut of the Indy Racing League's new specification cars here, added a chapter to Goodyear's star-crossed Indy story.
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By BOSTON GLOBE | May 11, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arie Luyendyk wasn't interested in sitting around and waiting for someone else to make a move; he had been subjected to too much drama during last year's time trials for the Indianapolis 500. So, at 4: 30 p.m. yesterday, Luyendyk decided it was high time to make a run at the pole position.With track conditions ideal, Luyendyk, the 1990 Indy 500 champion who had been quickest all month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, went out and captured the pole for the 81st renewal of the 500 when he toured the 2.5-mile oval in a four-lap average of 218.263 mph.Luyendyk, who also won the pole in 1993, will make his 13th Indy 500 appearance and fourth start on the front row, alongside Team Menard driver Tony Stewart (218.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1996
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arie Luyendyk settles into his chair with a comfortable sense of satisfaction. The month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway hasn't gone exactly the way he had planned or hoped. It produced a moment of major disappointment when he didn't win the pole, and a lingering heartache when his best friend, Scott Brayton, was killed during practice.But on this overcast day, with the race two days away, Luyendyk can appreciate the fact that despite everything, he is the favorite win tomorrow's 80th Indianapolis 500."
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By BOSTON GLOBE | May 10, 1996
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arie Luyendyk, the lone former winner among the entrants for the 80th Indianapolis 500, vaulted to the role of favorite yesterday when he turned in three consecutive laps in excess of 237 mph, including a final go-round of 237.774, the fastest practice lap in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | May 28, 1995
INDIANAPOLIS -- During this crazy month of May, Scott Brayton, Arie Luyendyk and Scott Goodyear are the talk of the motorsports world as they sit on the front row for the start of today's 79th Indianapolis 500.They sit there in three undistinguished cars with undistinguished engines, although they are not exactly undistinguished men.Brayton has 14 Indy 500 starts, the most in the field.Luyendyk won the race in 1990.Goodyear, who has two IndyCar victories, provided one of the most exciting finishes in 500 history in 1992 when he crossed the finish line less than a nose behind Al Unser Jr."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1998
INDIANAPOLIS -- Before this Indianapolis 500, veteran drivers talked about their need to beware of the eight rookies in the field. And the talk was right, but maybe not the way the veterans meant it.The rookies had a day, taking six of the top 12 spots.Rookie Steve Knapp, who started 23rd, drove a wonderful race and finished third, one of just three drivers on the lead lap."The team did a super job, and the car was really good," said Knapp, 34, who started his career in 1985 in the Sports Car Club of America's Formula Vee class.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | May 28, 1995
INDIANAPOLIS -- During this crazy month of May, Scott Brayton, Arie Luyendyk and Scott Goodyear are the talk of the motorsports world as they sit on the front row for the start of today's 79th Indianapolis 500.They sit there in three undistinguished cars with undistinguished engines, although they are not exactly undistinguished men.Brayton has 14 Indy 500 starts, the most in the field.Luyendyk won the race in 1990.Goodyear, who has two IndyCar victories, provided one of the most exciting finishes in 500 history in 1992 when he crossed the finish line less than a nose behind Al Unser Jr."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | May 31, 1993
INDIANAPOLIS -- The world driving champion walked ever so slowly to the podium. When he got there, he seemed to collapse into the chair. He just had driven the longest race of his career.He leaned his elbows on the table, ran an index finger around the inside of the dirty collar of his driver's suit, and then rubbed his eyes.So, Nigel Mansell, how was your first Indianapolis 500?"I'm glad it's over," he said and giggled. "I think hitting the wall at 220, bouncing off and continuing on is very impressive, don't you?
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October 7, 1991
NAZARETH, Pa. -- Arie Luyendyk stole another Indy-car race yesterday, using pit strategy to stretch his fuel and foil bids by championship contenders Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti to win the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix.Rahal, who came into the race trailing Andretti by 13 points in the title chase, appeared to have his second victory wrapped up before darting into the pits 10 laps from the end for a splash of fuel.That gave the lead, and probably the title, to Andretti, but he, too, had to pit for fuel, racing in on lap 195 in the 200-lap race on the one-mile Pennsylvania International Raceway tri-oval.
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