Aero Motorsports, currently represented by Matt Cook (Pro 2) and Doug Mittag (Pro Light), will be welcoming a new member to the team this weekend. Open wheel standout, Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be driving the #25 Pro Light truck, flying the flag for Ethika and Cooper Tires in his debut race in the TORC Series.
Luyendyk, son of 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk Sr., has transitioned into off-road racing this season, running the first half of the Stadium Super Truck series. Claiming a heat win as well as sitting 5th in the Championship through the first 6 races, Arie has a new challenge ahead with his first off-road event outside the confines of a stadium.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to follow my new path into off-road racing with Aero Motorsports. I'm excited to join the team and build on my experience in my first year racing off-road. I'd like to thank Matt Cook and Chris Pantani for making this possible. I'm can’t wait to represent Ethika and hit the track with my Cooper Tires."
Arie also added, "The TORC series has some of the best competition out there, and what better way to get my first start than racing at Crandon."
Team owner and driver, Matt Cook, welcomes Arie to the team and looks forward to their first race together in Crandon.
“We are very happy to have Arie come on board with Aero Motorsports. We had a successful test last week at Glen Helen and believe he can help the team as a whole with his feedback and experience. We are looking to run strong with all three trucks.”
The Crandon International Raceway festivities kick off this Friday as the race trucks parade through downtown Crandon, WI. The raceway is known for its rich history and high-speed land rush starts into turn 1 where over 40,000 fans are on their feet to cheer on their favorite driver.
About Arie Luyendyk Jr.: Arie Luyendyk Jr. made the switch to off-road racing with Stadium Super Trucks in 2013. Luyendyk comes from the IndyCar and Indy Lights series, with one Indianapolis 500 start to his credit. The Dutch-born racing driver competed in four full seasons of Indy Lights, where he finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Championship, on the strength of 1 win, 4 pole positions and 13 podium finishes. Luyendyk was also named "Most Popular Driver" for four consecutive years. Arie competed in sport car racing, driving a Daytona Prototype in the 24 Hours of Daytona and competing in the GT2 class in the 12 Hours of Sebring. Luyendyk was also on the hit TV Series “The Bachelorette” Season 8.
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