Arie Luyendyk looks forward to IndyCar breaking his records


Arie Luyendyk took to Twitter on Tuesday to congratulate the newest Indianapolis 500 champion, Tony Kanaan, and give his approval for IndyCar’s quest to break his speed records at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Prior to this year’s 500, the IZOD IndyCar Series announced preliminary details of a return to innovation, which is set to occur in 2014.

“Tony Kanaan a deserving winner of Indy 500 and long overdue too. He broke my average race speed record and I’m totally ok with that!” Luyendyk wrote.

Luyendyk held the race speed average record from 1990 until Sunday, and continues to hold the one, four, and unofficial lap records on the legendary 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as he has since 1996 (his No. 5 car is pictured next to Ryan Hunter-Reay’s).

“Records are meant to be broken I can’t wait for them to break my qualifying records at Indy, good for our sport,” he wrote.

“I think breaking the qualifying record is achievable within a year but because of containing costs and development it could take longer,” he added.

Luyendyk’s record-setting runs are chronicled in this piece he did for the IMS website.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

Lewis Hamilton Bubba Wallace
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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).