SWEET SECONDS; LUYENDYK WINS AGAIN - BUT IT CERTAINLY WASN'T EASY.Byline: Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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Arie Luyendyk Arie Luyendyk, originally Arie Luijendijk (born September 21, 1953) is a Dutch auto racing driver, twice winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Born in Sommelsdijk, Luyendyk started racing in the early 1970s, winning a number of Dutch national titles. liked this Indianapolis 500 victory even better than his first one. That one was faster. This one was harder.
After taking the lead on the 194th lap, he had to outlast out·last
tr.v. out·last·ed, out·last·ing, out·lasts
To last longer than.
to last longer than
Verb 1. teammate Scott Goodyear Scott Goodyear (b. December 20 1959 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former race car driver from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Goodyear ran the IRL and Champ Car series during his career from 1987, winning the Michigan 500 in 1992 and 1994. in a last-lap duel Tuesday. The Flying Dutchman Flying Dutchman
sea captain condemned to sail unceasingly because he had invoked the Devil’s aid in a storm. [Maritime legend: Brewer Dictionary]
See : Curse
Flying Dutchman won by just 0.570 seconds, the third-closest finish in Indy history.
``I'm probably more excited than I was in 1990,'' Luyendyk said. ``We had to run a lot harder through the whole race. . . . It never let up.''
Luyendyk has been a marked man all month, winning the pole and most of the practice sessions. With the reliability of his Aurora engine The Aurora Engine is a game engine developed by BioWare for use in computer and console role-playing games. The Aurora Engine was the 3D successor to BioWare's earlier, 2D game engine, called the Infinity Engine. in doubt, he just wanted to stay near the front, have an easy race and save his engine for the last laps.
But the other drivers weren't about to make it that easy. When he was in front, someone was on his tail. When he trailed, the leader would put on a burst of speed anytime Luyendyk got close. And then there were all the inexperienced drivers through whom he had to weave.
In 1990, Luyendyk won with an average speed of 185.981 mph - the fastest Indy 500 ever - but trailed for most of the race.
``I had to run faster all day long to stay where I was in comparison to 1990,'' he said. ``We had a competitive race out there, one of the most competitive races in years.''
And with 15 laps to go, it took all he had to stay in it. As he chased Tony Stewart For other persons named Tony Stewart, see Tony Stewart (disambiguation).
Anthony Wayne "Tony" Stewart (born May 20, 1971) is an auto racing driver who was born in Columbus, Indiana. He has won championships in sprint cars, Indy cars, and stock cars. out of Turn 2 into the straightaway straight·a·way
1. Extending in a straight line or course without a curve or turn.
2. Unhesitating; immediate: a straightaway denial.
n. , Luyendyk moved left. So did Stewart.
That left Luyendyk with nowhere else to go but the grass.
``I never drove through the grass at 220 mph, but Tony put me there, which I didn't really appreciate,'' he said. ``But it worked out well for me.''
Luyendyk was fourth with nine laps to go. When rookie Jeff Ward Jeff Ward can refer to:
But the race wasn't over. Goodyear caught Luyendyk when a yellow flag was waved on lap 198, and both drivers figured they'd finish under the yellow. But as they came down the front stretch, the green flag was waved from the tower atop the start-finish line.
Luyendyk stepped on the gas and quickly accelerated back up to speed. Goodyear got away much slower, and Luyendyk was on his way to Victory Lane.
``He's my teammate, but I can't give him a break,'' Luyendyk said, shaking hands with Goodyear as he came into the post-race interviews.
As tough as the day might have been, Luyendyk said an easy victory wouldn't have been nearly as gratifying grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. . He was pumping his fists even before his car came to a stop in Victory Lane, and he revved his engine as he pulled in.
He slapped hands with his crew as he climbed out of his car, then grabbed his wife, Mieke, in a hug. He gulped some milk and passed the bottle to his crew.
``If this had been a war of attrition The War of Attrition (Hebrew: מלחמת ההתשה, Arabic: , it would have been like, `Oh well,' '' he said. ``We had to race hard all day. . . . I had to fight for it pretty hard today.''
Also ran: Brothers Robbie and Mike Groff, formerly of Northridge, finished ninth and 12th, respectively. Sam Schmidt, a former Sylmar resident, finished 34th.
Rick Mears, 1979, 1984, 1988, 1991
Al Unser Sr., 1970, 1971, 1978, 1987
A.J. Foyt, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1977
Bobby Unser, 1968, 1975, 1981
Johnny Rutherford, 1974, 1976, 1980
Mauri Rose, 1941, 1947, 1948
Wilbur Shaw, 1937, 1939, 1940
Louis Meyer, 1928, 1933, 1936
Arie Luyendyk, 1990, 1997
Al Unser Jr., 1992, 1994
Emerson Fittipaldi, 1989, 1993
Gordon Johncock, 1973, 1982
Rodger Ward, 1959, 1962
Bill Vukovich, 1953, 1954
Tommy Milton, 1921, 1923
Photo: (color) Winning the Indianapolis 500 for a second time didn't dampen Arie Luyendyk's enthusiasm. Here, he waves to the crowd.
D. Todd Moore / Indianapolis Star-News
Box: MULTIPLE WINNERS (see text)