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The Bachelor’s Arie and Lauren: Everyone’s been supportive since dramatic finale

Arie took his fiancee around the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track in IndyCar's two-seat car.
The ABC network show "The Bachelor" star Arie Luyendyk Jr., left, and his fiancŽ both made a cameo at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [ OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times ]
The ABC network show "The Bachelor" star Arie Luyendyk Jr., left, and his fiancŽ both made a cameo at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]
Published Mar. 11, 2018|Updated Mar. 11, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG – It's been less than a week since the dramatic season finale of The Bachelor, and public backlash against Arie Luyendyk Jr. seems to have cooled off.

Luyendyk lit up social media when he chose (and proposed to) Becca Kufrin, dumped her on national television and then proposed to another contestant, Lauren Burnham.

"Since we've been out in public the last few days, everyone's been really supportive," Luyendyk said Sunday morning. "It's been really sweet."

Said Burnham: "I was surprised by how positive it was. I thought we would get a lot more backlash, but it's been nice."

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The couple is in town for today's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Luyendyk – the son of the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion – raced in the event four times in the Indy Lights feeder series. He still races in the Stadium Super Trucks series that often runs at the Grand Prix (although not this year).

Luyendyk took Burnham on a two-lap tour of the 1.8-mile street course in IndyCar's two-seat car Sunday morning, then did the same for some fans.

"That was so scary, but it was so fun," Burnham said. "I want to do it again."

Their love story actually begins at a race track. Burnham said they met at the IndyCar race in Texas in June, and Luyendyk said today will be a crash course in IndyCar for his fiancée.

The star power from the hit reality TV show was evident Sunday morning. Luyendyk stopped for two selfies on the 100-foot walk from the track to the trailer; he took more photos with fans than racing legend Mario Andretti.

St. Petersburg resident Trace Hunt stopped him to offer her support, because she feared many fans have given him a bum rap for dumping a fiancée on national TV.

"As a woman, I understand you've got to go with your heart," Hunt told him.

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