To driver Arie Luyendyk, it's about engineering and racer's edge
9/11/2012 3:32 PM EDT
bf blog arie luyendyk interview SONOMA, Calif.--Arie Luyendyk, considered one of racing's greatest
drivers, will be the first to tell you it's not just about one guy putting
the pedal to the metal. Luyendyk, who won the Indianapolis 500
twice, talks easily about the role team engineers play in the
success of any racing team.
I got a chance to talk with him (video embed below or click here) at a recent IndyCar event here at
the Sonoma Raceway, moment after I took a "hot lap" with another
racing legend, Mario Andretti. That minute or so of near terror
screaming around the road course gave me a first-hand appreciation
of the role engineers play in racing, and Luyendyk amplified that.
He also revealed he's no fan of some racing rules that penalize
successful teams, a situation we saw in August 2011 while spending
time with Bobby Rahal's BMW team in Wisconsin and its chief
engineer, Jay O'Connell.
The Sonoma event was part of the larger Speed2Design program,
sponsored by Littelfuse, in which lucky engineers from all across the
country get a chance to attend an IndyCar racing weekend and spend
time with the team Littelfuse and Mouser sponsor, KV Racing. This
weekend (September 14-15, 2012) will be the last of five such events
for engineers--the MAVTV
500--and we'll be there to cover it, so stay tuned.