Arie Luyendyk Jr., maybe most hated Bachelor of all time, coming to St. Pete for Grand Prix

Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s search for love has taken him from Los Angeles to Peru. Credit: Paul Hebert, ABC
Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s search for love has taken him from Los Angeles to Peru. Credit: Paul Hebert, ABC
Published Mar. 9, 2018|Updated Mar. 9, 2018

Any Bachelor fans in the Grand Prix stands this weekend?

They probably won't be cheering for Arie Luyendyk Jr. The most recent Bachelor is expected to come to St. Petersburg for the race festivities. He's scheduled to be here bright and early Sunday morning to drive his TRUE LOVE Lauren Burnham (more on that below) in the two-seat show car, then drive some other people around, too. Gates open at 8 a.m., probably your best bet for a glimpse.

As Times reporter Matt Baker wrote, IndyCar has done the Lord's Work of placing its drivers on reality TV shows, from Dancing with the Stars to The Amazing Race to American Ninja Warrior. And, yes, The Bachelor, a show that is too problematic in the first place to get into here, because people have to get to lunch.

Baker writes:

Arie Luyendyk Jr. only competed in one IndyCar race, but his background and famous father (a two-time Indy 500 champion) created an obvious hook when he was named The Bachelor. 

And so it came to pass. Luyendyk Jr. initially gave his final rose to Becca Kufrin, but changed his mind and wanted to go back to Lauren. He decided to break up with her and ABC decided to air the whole thing. Because everyone wants to watch someone get dumped on television, in horror, as whippeth the flames from a prescribed trash burn.

Arie told host Chris Harrison:

"I was in love with Lauren and it's hard to separate that feeling of loss. With Becca, I feel an immense amount of guilt. It's not fair for her to be in a relationship where someone is half in. I have to follow my heart. Just thinking of the possibility of something with Lauren is making me want to risk it all."


Under the pretense of reconnecting, Arie sat on a couch with Becca and broke up with her over the course of a good long while. He also would not leave despite her being all,  excuse me, please go, hatechu, a bunch of times.

It triggered a nation of lovers who have been unceremoniously dispensed with on kindred davenports. Even previous Bachelor contestants and personalities, who have subjected themselves to all sorts of gross rating grabs on TV, decried the move on Twitter.

So anyway, he's probably going to be in St. Pete this weekend with his new love, Lauren.

Just remember, life is performance, love nothing and trust no one. The Grand Prix looks cool, though.