16thAndGeorgetown: In a recent Q&A with Jonathan Byrd II, he mentioned that one of his favorite racing memories growing up was in 1996 when your father broke the speed record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his dads team. With a father that has one 2 Indianapolis 500's among many other accolades, what are some of your favorite racing memories?
Arie Luyendyk Jr.: Life obviously changed a lot after the 1990 Indy victory but the years between 1996 and 1999 really stand out. He seemed unstoppable at Indy and had a chance to win every year. He had a lot of back luck but in '97 it all came together. I think I was at the age where I could really appreciate how talented he was and I was on the path to my career so those years really left an impression.
16thAnGeorgetown: Can you tell us a little bit about Anti-Celeb, the clothing company that your involved with?
Arie Luyendyk Jr.: It's a start up clothing line me and my two friends debuted last year. I've always liked the fashion industry and thought it would be fun to start a small clothing company. Every month we grow a little bit but the main focus has to be racing so a lot of my attention has been on my plans for 2010. Anti-Celeb is the counter culture to the main stream gossip that fills our news these days...basically we promote individualism.
16thandGeorgetown: By far and away you hold the FIL record for most starts with 62. Unfortunately you went the first 61 races without a win, but that all changed in September of 2008. At Chicagoland Speedway your teammate, Raphael Matos finished 3rd and secured the championship, while you took the AFS/AGR car to victory lane for your first win. How did it feel to finally get that monkey off your back?
Arie Luyendyk Jr.: Honestly it did bother me the first few years in Indy Lights. In 2002 I finished second 4 out of 7 races so the competitiveness was there, but luck was definitely not on my side. Throughout my career I have been up front so it was always on my mind and I think that made it even more frustrating. In 2008 I really came with a different mindset and poured through data and really worked with Rafa and AGR, I think I've matured since those first few seasons and ultimately that led to my success. I think the potential was there in 2008 to win more races but I'm happy with how it turned out regardless.
16thAndGeorgetown: In 2009 you joined Mike King in the VERSUS booth for the Firestone Indy Lights broadcast. Was it difficult sitting on the sidelines watching the series that you've competed in since 2002?
16thandGeorgetown: Without turning a lap in 2009, I'm sure the season didn't turn out the way you would of liked. Is there anything in the FIL or IRL pipeline for 2010 and if not is a return to the VERSUS booth possible?