Occupation: Race car driver
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ (born in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)
Thanks to Reality Steve, we already know a fair amount of background scoop on the guys competing for Emily Maynard’s heart on The Bachelorette Season 8. Footballer Ryan Bowers and fitness model Sean Lowe have some serious competition in one dark-haired contestant spotted canoodling with Emily this past weekend in Prague (check out our exclusive photos of their date here). We received an early-morning tip from the Emily & Ricki Fan Page suggesting the name of the dark-haired suitor: Arie Luyendyk, Jr. And guess what? He’s speed racing royalty! Arie’s dad, Arie Luyendyk, Sr., is a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Then, Reality Steve alerted us to one juicy detail: On April 12, Arie Sr. tweeted an update that his son was “last in Croatia,” which was right around the time ABC filming was taking place in the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik. So, before we get any more emotionally attached to this contestant, who is he and what’s the story behind his pretty face?
In this interview from 2008, Arie gushes about his love for hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and seeing new places. If he wasn’t a race car driver and had to get a “real job,” Arie says he would want to be an architect. He even has his real estate license in Arizona and sells houses on occasion. Arie also started a clothing line in 2010 called Anti-Celeb, but the domain name has since expired. In a 2010 interview, Arie described his vision for the line: “Anti-Celeb is the counter culture to the main stream gossip that fills our news these days...basically we promote individualism.”
Arie does have a few run-ins with the law on his record, but they all have to do with driving, natch. TMZ reports the younger Luyendyk was stopped by police twice within a six-day span back in 2008 — once for driving without registration and once for driving with a suspended license.
Last, but certainly not least, is this fun fact: Arie allegedly used to date Cassie Lambert, the ABC producer currently traveling the world with Emily Maynard and her guys. Uh… Awkward? This fact wasn't so fun for Emily, who only recently found out about Arie's link to Cassie, who's been 'handling' her for the entirety of filming.
To find out just how far Arie makes it, click here!