Zach Veach

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Zach Veach
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Zach Veach, Indy Lights 2014
Nationality United States American
Born (1994-12-09) December 9, 1994 (age 22)
Stockdale, Ohio, U.S.
Indy Lights career
Debut season 2013
Current team Belardi Auto Racing
Car no. 5
Former teams Andretti Autosport
Starts 44
Wins 6
Poles 5
Fastest laps 6
Best finish 3rd in 2014
Previous series
2010-2011
2012
U.S. F2000 National Championship
Star Mazda Championship
Championship titles
2011
2012
U.S. F2000 Winterfest
Formula Car Challenge

Zach Veach (born December 9, 1994) is an American auto racing driver, currently competing in the Verizon Indycar Series. Born and raised in Stockdale, Ohio, Veach was named to CNN's list of "Intriguing People" in May 2010,[1] is the national spokesperson for FocusDriven, and released his first book, "99 Things Teens Wish They Knew Before Turning 16" on NBC's The Today Show on March 2, 2011.[2]

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Veach began racing at age 12 when he was "discovered" by current IndyCar Series team owner Sarah Fisher's dad, Dave Fisher. In 19 months Veach had gone from go-karts to the cockpit of an open-wheel Formula BMW machine. Near the end of 2009, while testing a Formula BMW, Atlantic Championship team owner Eric Jensen signed Veach to his team for the 2010 Atlantic Championship season.[3] In early March 2010, the Series halted operations.[4]

U.S. F2000 National Championship[edit]

In his first year as a driver in the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Andretti Autosport, Veach had 10 top-five finishes and four podium results. Despite entering the series after the season-opener (St. Pete) and therefore missing out on two rounds of race points, he managed to finish fifth in the driver championship point standings. His performances also contributed to Andretti Autosport securing the team championship for the 2010 season. He was also named a semi-finalist for Sports Illustrated's annual Sports Kid of the Year award.

On December 9, Andretti Autosport announced they had re-signed Veach to again compete in the USF2000 National Championship and WinterFest in 2011.[5]

In January 2011, Veach won the 2011 U.S. F2000 Winterfest – a winter race series held in Florida. Veach won two of the five races and won the title by six points over Andretti teammate Spencer Pigot.[6] Veach won the 2011 U.S. F2000 National Championship season opener at Sebring International Raceway. Veach finished fourth in series points.[7]

Star Mazda Championship[edit]

Veach made his Star Mazda Championship debut for Andretti Autosport at Infineon Raceway in August 2011. He also competed in the series' season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,[8] where he finished third. He competed in the full season for Andretti Autosport in the #77 car in 2012, finishing tenth in points with a best finish of third at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Indy Lights[edit]

Veach moved up to Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport in 2013. Veach led the most laps and finished on the podium in third at the Milwaukee Mile and won the pole at Auto Club Speedway on his way to seventh in points. He remained in the series and Andretti Autosport in 2014. He collected three wins and nine podiums in 14 races to end third in the standings behind Gabby Chaves and Jack Harvey. After being out of the cockpit for 2015, Veach will return to Indy Lights in 2016 with Belardi Auto Racing.[9]

Indycar Series[edit]

He is scheduled to make his Indycar Series debut at the 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama as a replacement driver for the injured JR Hildebrand.[10]

Veach is scheduled to compete at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 for A. J. Foyt Enterprises with sponsorship from the Indy Women in Tech Championship.[11]

Distracted driving campaign[edit]

Veach has been very outspoken about his interest in putting an end to distracted driving. On April 30, 2010, Veach attended the taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show's focus on the No Phone Zone program. At the program he met Jennifer Smith, founder and president of FocusDriven, the official beneficiary from Winfrey's No Phone Zone, and later became FocusDriven's national spokesperson. In May 2010, Veach campaigned to gain support from professional racecar drivers to support Winfrey's No Phone Zone.[12] Veach announced on June 4, 2010, he had added 33 Indy 500 drivers support of the No Phone Zone, including that of Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves, among others.[13]

In July 2010, Veach released an anti-texting app, urTXT, which automatically responds to a text message received by the phone.[14]

On September 21, 2010, Veach attended the 2010 National Distracted Driving Summit where he was honored by United States Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, in addition to the Jonas Brothers and Jordin Sparks for their collective efforts to put an end to distracted driving.[15]

Racing record[edit]

U.S. F2000 National Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2010 Andretti Autosport STP
STP
ORP
4
IOW
5
NJM
4
NJM
5
ACC
7
ACC
6
ROA
3
ROA
3
ATL
2
ATL
4
5th 189
2011 Andretti Autosport SEB
1
SEB
8
STP
3
STP
4
ORP
2
MIL
2
MDO
5
MDO
7
ROA
3
ROA
5
BAL
12
BAL
16
4th 223

Star Mazda Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2012 Andretti Autosport STP
17
STP
11
BAR
15
BAR
10
IND
3
IOW
6
TOR
2
TOR
17
EDM
9
EDM
17
TRO
8
TRO
8
BAL
8
BAL
6
LAG
11
LAG
17
ATL
8
10th 199

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2013 Andretti Autosport
AFS Racing
STP
5
ALA
9
LBH
9
INDY
5
MIL
3*
IOW
7
POC
4
TOR
7
MDO
5
BAL
8
HOU
10
FON
4
7th 333
2014 Andretti Autosport STP
1*
LBH
2
ALA
1*
ALA
3
IND
9
IND
7
INDY
3
POC
2
TOR
5
MDO
4
MDO
2
MIL
1
SNM
7
SNM
3
3rd 520
2016 Belardi Auto Racing STP
16
STP
3
PHX
8
ALA
3
ALA
10
IMS
5
IMS
10
INDY
10
RDA
1
RDA
3
IOW
2
TOR
9
TOR
6
MDO
5
MDO
4
WGL
1
LAG
3
LAG
1
4th 332

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2017 Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
LBH
ALA
19
PHX
IMS
30th* 23*
A. J. Foyt Enterprises INDY
26
DET
DET
TEX
ROA
IOW
TOR
MDO
POC
GMP
WGL
SNM

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kernis, Jay. Wednesday's intriguing people, CNN.com, May 19, 2010
  2. ^ Marks, Ginger. Veach to Release Book with the 99 Series, 99-Series.com, May 01, 2010
  3. ^ Atlantic: Jensen MotorSport signs 15-year-old driver, Racer, December 11, 2009
  4. ^ Atlantic Championship forced to take hiatus, Motorsport.com, March 03, 2010
  5. ^ Andretti Autosport re-signs Zach Veach for USF2000, Racer Magazine, December 09, 2010
  6. ^ Veach wins Cooper Tires Winterfest championship, Racing Wire, January 14, 2011, Retrieved 2011-09-05
  7. ^ Final 2011 Points Standings, U.S. F2000, Retrieved 2011-09-05
  8. ^ Veach steps up to Star Mazda, IndyCar, August 18, 2011, Retrieved 2011-09-05
  9. ^ Veach joins Belardi for 2016, Racer, November 25, 2015, Retrieved 2015-12-02
  10. ^ 2:49 p.m. ET April 18, 2017 (2016-10-20). "Zach Veach to replace injured JR Hildebrand at Barber". Indystar.com. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  11. ^ "Indycar Racing News | Racer.com - Veach to run Indy 500 with Foyt". Racer.com. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  12. ^ 15 Year-Old Racer Zach Veach To Campaign For Oprah Winfrey’s No Phone Zone By Adding The Indy 500′s 33 Drivers To Her Petition, Catchfence.com, May 13, 2010
  13. ^ 33 Indy 500 Drivers Join Oprah Winfreys No Phone Zone, paddocktalk.com, June 04, 2010
  14. ^ Drell, Lauren. Zach Veach: A 15-Year-Old Takes on Texting and Driving, AOL Small Business, Sept. 23, 2010
  15. ^ Racer Zach Veach Participates in National Distracted Driving Summit with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, SPEEDtv.com, Sept. 21, 2010

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