DANA POINT, Calif. – Arie Luyendyk Jr. will return to compete in the nation’s premier short-course off-road racing series, TORC: The Off-Road Championship, in 2014 beginning with the season opener April 5-6 in Primm, Nev.
The popular star from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” brings his winning personality and style to the track for his second season of TORC competition. He also brings a legacy of motorsports achievements to competition on the short course.
Luyendyk will be racing in the No. 25 PRO-2 truck with the Aero Motorsports team and his newly announced title sponsor, GUNK, an engine cleaning and degreasing product. Having made the switch to off-road racing from road racing, he finished the 2013 TORC season with fourth and sixth-place finishes for the team.
“I can’t express how excited I am to climb back into a truck and compete in my first full season of TORC,” said Luyendyk. “This year will be exciting because it’s my first taste of the 900+ Horsepower PRO-2 truck. I’m definitely up for the challenge.
“The partnership with GUNK has made this all possible,” Luyendyk said. “I’m honored to bring them into such a great sport and such an exciting series. We will be planning a lot of great activation for the TORC fans and I’m hoping the GUNK PRO-2 will become a crowd favorite!”
“We are thrilled to have Arie race the full season of TORC in 2014,” said TORC President BJ Birtwell. “His visibility and presence, both on and off the track, add an exciting dimension to the series. I know he’s hungry for a National Championship in the PRO-2 Class, and we wish him all the best as he goes head to head against the best short-course, off-road racers in the country.”
The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based driver has competed in four seasons of Indy Lights, where he finished second, third and fourth in the championship on the strength of one win, four pole positions and 13 podium finishes. He was named Most Popular Driver for four consecutive years. Luyendyk has also competed in sport car racing with a Daytona Prototype in the 24 Hours of Daytona and in the GT2 class in the 12 Hours of Sebring and he has one Indianapolis 500 start to his credit.