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Arie, 'The Bachelorette' 2012: Facts About Contestant Arie Luyendyk, Jr. of Season 8

Facts about Arie of "The Bachelorette" 2012 with Emily Maynard. He's one of 25 contestants to be on season 8. He goes far in the season as spoilers photos revealed him on a one-on-one date in Prague -- an episode scheduled to air on June 25th. Will he make it all the way to the finale?

Contestants of "The Bachelorette" 2012 will be accomplished and handsome men and Arie Luyendyk, Jr. fits right into that description. Some facts about Arie were learned over a month before "The Bachelorette" season 8 began airing on ABC. When photos were posted online of Emily Maynard with him on a one-on-one date in Prague for week 7, die-hard fans began sleuthing who Luyendyk is all about.

So what are some facts about Arie? He's 30-years-old and was born in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, but lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. His father, Arie Luyendyk was a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner -- racing runs in the family as Jr. races cars himself. In a 2008 interview "The Bachelorette" 2012 contestant said he loves hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and exploring new places. If he had to get a day job, he'd like to be an architect. Luyendyk has a real estate license and has sold a few houses around Arizona. He sounds like a versatile individual who keeps his options open, which is smart for any race car driver. 

Read: Who Emily Chooses as Final 4

As for more race car facts about Arie, he had 62 starts in the Firestone Indy Lights Series from 2002 to 2008, which finished in the top 10 76% of the time. He won the final race in 2008. "The Bachelorette" contestant Arie was voted the Firestone Indy Lights Most Popular Driver four years in a row. In 2006 and 2007, Arie competed in the Indianapolis 500 representing Team Netherlands in the A1GP Championship.

In 2008 Arie Luyendyk, Jr. was stopped by police twice within six days for driving without registration the first time and driving with a suspended license the second time.

Some other facts about Arie that are interesting is he created his own clothing line in 2010 called Anti-Celeb.

“Anti-Celeb is the counter culture to the main stream gossip that fills our news these days...basically we promote individualism,” Arie stated about his fashion line.

See photos of "Bachelorette" 2012 contestant Arie Luyendyk HERE

It's known that Arie Luyendyk, Jr. makes it at least to week 7 of "The Bachelorette" 2012 season. Photos of he and Emily were posted on Wetpaint when photographers noticed them in Prague while visiting the Czech Republic. He was known to be on two other group dates with Maynard's cast....one in Bermuda and one in England.

More facts about Arie will emerge as the show gets closer to airing.

"The Bachelorette" 2012 season premieres Monday, May 14th at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on ABC.

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