IndyCar Series veteran and two-time series championship runner-up Davey Hamilton has been a driver with the Indy Racing Experience since 2001.
A native of Boise, Idaho, Hamilton has made 51 career starts in the IZOD IndyCar® Series, highlighted by three second-place finishes, 13 top fives, 23 top 10s and 76 laps led. He was the INDYCAR Championship runner-up in 1997 and 1998.
Hamilton has raced in 10 Indianapolis 500 events and finished in the top 15 in two of the past four years, including a ninth-place result in 2007. Those three races have been the lone competitions for Hamilton following his retirement from the cockpit in 2001 after a serious crash at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamilton underwent 21 operations to reconstruct his feet and was not able to stand until a year into his two-year recovery.
When not in the car, Hamilton serves as co-owner of Davey Hamilton/Kingdom Racing in the Firestone Indy Lights series and is also a color commentator for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network broadcasts.
Arie Luyendyk, Jr. drove full-time for the Indy Racing Experience during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
A native of the Netherlands, Luyendyk has been involved in racing for nearly 20 years. He competed full-time in the first four seasons of INDYCAR's Indy Pro Series, beginning in 2002. In that series, which is now known as the Firestone Indy Lights series, Luyendyk has one win, which came at Chicagoland Speedway during the 2008 season finale, as well as three poles and 18 top-5 finishes. He recorded a runner-up finish in the 2002 IPS Championship race and a third-place result in 2003. Luyendyk was also voted the IPS/FIL "Most Popular Driver" four years in a row from 2003-06.
Luyendyk has made just one start in the IZOD IndyCar® Series, which came during the 2006 Indianapolis 500. After being bumped out of the 2005 field, the son of the two-time Indy 500 winner qualified 31st and finished 28th.
In addition to his driving duties at the track, Luyendyk served as the driver analyst during the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights coverage on Versus.
Stéphan Grégoire, a former driver in the IZOD IndyCar® Series, has been piloting the Indy Racing Experience 2-seater since 2001.
The Frenchman made 44 INDYCAR starts between 1996 and 2001 with a best finish of second at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 1997. In that season he also recorded his best ever points finish of 11th.
Grégoire has also made six Indy 500 starts, with his best finish coming in 2000 when he placed eighth.
He last ran "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in 2006 when he finished 29th. Grégoire attempted to qualify for the 2007 Indy 500, but suffered a broken bone in his back during a crash in practice.
Nine Indy 500 winners, who have captured the Borg Warner Trophy (above) a combined 16 times, have jumped in the Indy Racing Experience 2-seater in years past, providing lucky customers the ultimate ride of a lifetime.
Below is a list of Indy 500 winners who have also toured the famous Brickyard with an IRE passenger:
- Al Unser (1970, 71, 78, 87)
- Johnny Rutherford (1974, 76, 80)
- Arie Luyendyk (1990, 97)
- Al Unser, Jr. (1992, 94)
- Mario Andretti (1969)
- Buddy Lazier (1996)
- Buddy Rice (2004)
- Dan Wheldon (2005)
- Dario Franchitti (2007)
In addition, several former and current IZOD IndyCar® Series drivers have piloted the Indy Racing Experience 2-seater. Those drivers include:
- Michael Andretti
- Ryan Briscoe
- Sarah Fisher
- Robby Gordon
- Tony Kanaan
- Vitor Meira
- Danica Patrick