An Orem woman revved up an Indy engine to earn the final rose on the Season 22 premiere of “The Bachelor” Monday night.
Maquel Cooper, a Utah County photographer who grew up in American Fork, arrived on set to meet Arie Luyendyk Jr., this season’s bachelor.
“Sorry I’m late,” Cooper, a 23-year-old photographer, said as she climbed out of the back of an Indy race car.
Cooper’s car revving entrance brought the other contestants to the window as well as respect and hatred from her competition.
The popular reality TV show has 29 contestants race to win the heart of one man. In Season 22, the women will compete to win the love of Arie Luyendyk Jr., a former Indy 500 racer who now works as a real estate broker in Scottsdale, Arizona. Six years ago, Luyendyk competed on “The Bachelorette” and had his heart broken by Emily Maynard.
While Cooper made an impression, she had to wait for the final rose in order to advance in the competition.
“Why did you do that to me?” Cooper said as she walked up to accept her rose.
Only 21 women remain, including Marikh Mathias, a restaurant owner in Salt Lake. Mathias received the second rose in the rose ceremony. Chelsea, a real estate executive assistant from Maine, earned the First Impression Rose.
The two Utah women will join the 21 remaining women on the first week of dates on Monday, Jan. 8.