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10 Things You Should Know About The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Prepare yourself for the new season

Liam Mathews

This year's Bachelor star is race car driver/real estate agent Arie Luyendyk Jr., who isn't new to the franchise, but it's been awhile. Here are some things to know to either get reacquainted or get to know him for the first time.

1. It's been more than five years since his first Bachelor experience
Arie was the runner-up on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette in 2012. He became a fan favorite that season thanks to his charm and kissing abilities (his nickname was "The Kissing Bandit"). But Sean Lowe was chosen over him to be the Bachelor, and he returned to racing and got into real estate. He was pretty much off Bachelor Nation's radar, but when Peter Kraus passed on being the Bachelor this season, Arie was the next best choice. So now he's back, a little grayer, a little wiser, and a little more ready to settle down.

2. He knows he's #NotPeter, and he doesn't care
It's no secret that Peter was the first choice and Arie was brought in when negotiations with Peter fell apart. Bachelor spoiler Reality Steve almost exclusively refers to Arie as "Not Peter," and the nickname has reached the real world; an opponent at one of Arie's races stuck a "#NotPeter" sticker on Arie's truck. Arie thought it was funny. You know why? Because Arie knows that it's a good thing he's not Peter.

3. He's the second-oldest Bachelor ever
At 36, Arie is a geezer by franchise standards, but he's not the most elderly. Last year's Bachelor, Nick Viall, is about a year older than him. Most of the women competing for Arie's attention are about a decade younger than him. The oldest, Lauren J., is 33. The youngest, Bekah, is probably 22 (her age is conspicuously not listed on ABC's website), which is uncommonly young even for The Bachelor; in recent years producers haven't been casting women younger than 23. Cassandra Ferguson, who appeared on Juan Pablo Galavis' season in 2014, was the last 22-year-old.

4. His family calls him "Arie Jr."
Arie's father is a two-time Indy 500 winner and an inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Arie Jr. never matched his father's success on the track and his family subtly ensures that he'll always be lesser than his father. In the "Countdown to Arie" special, Arie Sr. and Arie Jr.'s brother Alec both called him "Arie Jr.," despite being probably the only two people in the world who do not need to specify which Arie they're talking about, unless Alec calls his father "Arie Sr." and not "Dad." But Arie's social media accounts are all "ariejr," so I guess he's okay with it.

5. He used to date Courtney Robertson
The meanest girl to ever win The Bachelor, dated Arie off-and-on for a few years. In her book I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends, she said the first time she hooked up with Arie was "the best sex she ever had." He's not just a good kisser. And now, apparently, he's her landlord. Hopefully he gives her a good deal.

6. He has an adorable dog named Bastian


7. He won his most recent truck race
Arie's IndyCar days are behind him, and now he races souped-up off-road trucks, which honestly looks even more fun. He recently had his first post-Bachelor race, and he won! Congrats!

8. His celebrity crush is Kate Beckinsale
If he doesn't find love at the end of The Bachelor, maybe he can get together with the Underworld star. She likes younger guys and she's single. Kate, hit him up!

9. He told more than one women he loves them
There's gonna be some drama this season! "I told more than one person that I was in love and it made it hard for me. I think that I didn't really expect that," he told ABC News. Who would have thought Arie would be Ben Higgins 2.0?

10. We're optimistic about how he'll do as the Bachelor
He doesn't have a set narrative he has to follow and his girls seem entertaining. He's gonna have a good season.

Arie's season of The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 1 at 8/7c on ABC.