Season 22 Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr.: 7 Things To Know
5. He’s a Race Car Driver
He’s race car driver, just like his dad! His father, Arie Luyendyk, is a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. Luyendyk Jr. competes in the Indy Light Series where he’s finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Championship He was also a test-driver in A1 Grand Prix for A1 Team The Netherlands during the 2007–08 season, and he’s competed in 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Dayton.
4. He Was Supposed To Be The Bachelor Instead of Chris Soules’
Before Chris Soules was cast as the Bachelor for season 19, the race car driver was in talks to take on the role, but producers pulled the rug out from underneath him at the last moment. He revealed this after Luke Pell came out and said that producers had led him to believe that he was going to be the next Bachelor only to drop him for Nick Viall. “I mean, [my situation was] almost word for word on that article,” he told Us Weekly. “Same exact deal. I just knew two days prior, but same deal: suit fittings; contracts that I signed, but they were delayed on signings on their end; booked flights. Maybe this is a common practice now to throw off fans – I don’t know.” Sounds like it is!