Thursday, September 6, 2012

Time For Luyendyk Jr To Step Up

Anyone else remember the days when Arie Luyendyk Jr had about 2100 followers? Yeah, those were the days....

And now Arie Jr is over 100K followers, which is staggering to think about. He now outfollows Indycar's account on Twitter, and, compared to active drivers, only trails Brazilians Tony Kanaan and Rubens Barrichello. That's gnarly!

A majority of these followers have since followed Arie after watching The Bachelorette, where Arie finished the season as the runner up. But with rugged good looks, a great personality, and a large fan base, it's time for Luyendyk to get serious about his racing career.

I think Arie Luyendyk Jr's can be described as one where he might have rushed into Indycar too quickly into rides where he had no chance of winning before he hit the track. He only has one Indycar start in the 2006 Indy 500, finishing P28. He did not qualify in 2005. He has also had 66 starts in Firestone Indy Lights spanning over eight, yes, EIGHT seasons, which is absurd. The fact that he never jumped up into Indycar full time is crazy.

Arie Jr in 2008
But for Arie, the next step, in my opinion, would be to get back in Indy Lights, show that you still have the skill to drive a car, and jump into Indycar. Ditch the two seater which isn't helping out your career, and make the step forward. He should have no problem obtaining sponsorship with his media outreach, and if it comes to it, he could be a "ride buyer".

Arie getting back to Indycar would be good for Arie to get his racing career back and track, and great for Indycar to get some new eyes on the sport.

Let's see what Arie's next move is.

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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