And the New "Bachelor" Is ...

 

... race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr.!

The 35-year-old made the official announcement on Good Morning America this morning.

“It doesn’t really feel real yet, but I’m taking it step by step. The timing is just so perfect in my life. I could not be more excited for this journey I’m about to embark on," Arie told People Magazine. 

Arie is best known in Bachelor Nation as the runner-up on Emily Maynard‘s season of The Bachelorette in 2012.

“I’m not nervous,” he admits. “Now that I’ve had some time and distance away from it, it feels like the feeling I had before I went into it the first time. I think sometimes when you’re on The Bachelorette and you jump right into being the Bachelor, for me it would’ve been too soon. This feels more natural. I’m not concerned what people think. I’m just focused on the outcome. I want to find my person and will do whatever it takes!”

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