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If Arie Luyendyk, Jr., doesn’t win Emily Maynard’s heart on The Bachelorette Season 8, at least he has the undying love of legendary race car driver Mario Andretti.

Arie is an IndyCar driver and Emily has a history with NASCAR — and Mario has won races in both. He’s like the godfather of their worlds. On June 2, Mario tweeted, “Trust me @EmilyMaynard, bachelor Arie @ariejr is great guy. Here he is with me @IndyCar race. @GoDaddy.” He tweeted a photo of both men looking pretty darn sharp.

But Mario wasn’t done. You can’t have a buddy go on The Bachelorette without giving him some grief. So the next day Mario shared, “Having some fun with Arie Luyendyk, Jr @ariejr. Will you accept this rose? #Bachelorette @chrisbharrison.” That’s the pic of Mario giving Arie a long-stemmed red one.

If Emily doesn’t claim Arie as her own — and there are plenty of reasons to think she sure might — maybe Mario has a shot? Or should we all fight to keep Arie to ourselves as The Bachelor?

Source: @MarioAndretti