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.