Bleekemolen & Luyendyk jr. to drive for Team Netherlands
1 August 2007 – Jeroen Bleekemolen and Arie Luyendyk jr. will defend the Dutch honour for A1 Team Netherlands in the upcoming A1GP season. For Bleekemolen it will be his third A1GP season, his second time as lead driver. The 25-year old driver from Aerdenhout is considered as one of Netherlands most complete racing drivers of the moment and despite his relative young age can boast an impressive international racing career.
Bleekemolen competed in the DTM for several seasons, became the youngest ever Benelux Champion in Formula Ford at 16, competed in the German F3 Championship, the FIA GT Championship, the Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Another racing talent will support Bleekemolen during the races. Arie Luyendyk jr. will do the rookie tests this season, which kicks off at Circuit Park Zandvoort on September 30, and is also the reserve driver. The 25-year old son of the two times Indianapolis 500 winner followed in his father's footsteps last year by also starting on the famous Brickyard. Before that Luyendyk jr. competed in the Indy Pro Series for a number of seasons, scoring a number of podium finishes. In 2002 he finished as runner-up in the Championship. Arie jr. also competed in Formula Ford and managed to finish on the Zandvoort podium in his very first race in the Netherlands. Luyendijk jr. also drove in the Daytona 24 Hours.
A1 Team Netherlands finished fifth in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport last season and showed that it was more than capable of going for the win, taking victory in the streets of Beijing and a number of top five finishes. With this new and strong driver line-up A1 Team Netherlands should be able to compete with the top runners for the Championship. The foundation for this will have to be laid during the home race at Circuit Park Zandvoort.