With Stadium Super Trucks taking a break until the weekend of August 24-25 at Road America, we take a weekly look back at the series’ top drivers and their results so far! Check in every Sunday for a new driver!
#25/119 Arie Luyendyk Jr.// 3rd overall, 251 points
12 starts, 2 wins, 5 podiums
It’s been a long time coming, but Arie Luyendyk Jr. finally scored his first Stadium Super Trucks race victory in 2018.
Better known by now to the public for his time on “The Bachelor,” the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk is actually in the midst of his best SST season yet. An on-and-off competitor in the series dating back to its debut in 2013, the younger Luyendyk had mostly focused on North American events until making the full-time move this season.
So far, the step up has paid dividends. Luyendyk has two victories and five wins in the first 12 rounds of the season. His first career win came in the first round at Barbagallo Raceway, and he put local sponsor Lear Corporation on the box twice at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, with a third place on Saturday and his second win of the season on Sunday.
While he started the year with a DNF at Lake Elsinore, Luyendyk rebounded quickly with his first podium of the year on the streets of Adelaide. After placing second there, he added a third place at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and podiumed in the first race in four consecutive events leading up to Texas Motor Speedway, where he placed sixth.
Unfortunately, points leaders Matt Brabham (337) and Gavin Harlien (307) are well clear of Luyendyk’s tally of 251, but he nonetheless remains third in the championship. That puts him ahead of series founder and two-time champion Robby Gordon, fellow first-time race winner Jeff Hoffman, and even defending SST title winner Paul “The Dude” Morris.
With the rest of the schedule different from 2017, it’s anyone’s guess if the pattern we’ve seen so far at the front of the pack this year will hold. But if Luyendyk can keep his consistency up, he just might be able to chip away at the deficit he’s up against, and climb into the thick of the championship chase.