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Zachary E. Veach (born December 9, 1994) is an American auto racing driver, currently competing in the IndyCar Series.

Zach Veach
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Veach at the 2018 ABC Supply 500
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1994-12-09) December 9, 1994 (age 24)
Stockdale, Ohio, U.S.
IndyCar career
Current teamAndretti Autosport
Car no.26
Former teamsA.J. Foyt Racing
2017 Indy 500
Ed Carpenter Racing
2017 GP of Alabama
Previous series
2013-2014
2016
2012

2010-2011
Indy Lights

U.S. F2000 National Championship
Star Mazda Championship
Championship titles
2011
2012
U.S. F2000 Winterfest
Formula Car Challenge

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]

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Racing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 ChampionshipEdit

 
Veach in 2010

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 ChampionshipEdit

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 LightsEdit

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 sitting out of the 2015 season due to an injury which required hand surgery, Veach returned to Indy Lights in 2016 with Belardi Auto Racing.[9] After a rough start, where he suffered a mechanical failure while dominating the first race in St. Petersburg, he went on to collect 3 wins as well as several podium finishes throughout the 18 race season.

Amazingly, during his Indy Lights racing career, Zack finished in the top 10 in 43 of the 44 races he competed in, or 97.73%.[10]

IndyCar SeriesEdit

 
Veach (left) at Texas in 2019

He made his IndyCar Series debut at the 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama as a last-minute replacement driver for the injured JR Hildebrand.[11] Despite the short notice and a limited amount of time to become familiar with the car prior to the event, he managed to close the performance gap to teammate Spencer Pigot in each session, from 1.5 second behind in the first practice to 1.1 in the second, 0.8 in the third and just 0.5 in qualifying. Veach started 19th and ran as high as fourth in the race, after pitting off-sequence, before finishing in 19th place, the last car on the lead lap.[12]

Veach competed at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 for A. J. Foyt Enterprises,[13] placing 26th, when he retired on lap 155 with mechanical issues.

On September 11, 2017 it was announced that Veach had reached an agreement to drive Andretti Autosport's fourth IndyCar full-time for the 2018 IndyCar Series season. The contract is three years in length.[14]

Distracted driving campaignEdit

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.[15] 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 Hélio Castroneves, among others.[16]

In July 2010, Veach released an anti-texting app, urTXT, which automatically responds to a text message received by the phone.[17]

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.[18]

Racing recordEdit

U.S. F2000 National ChampionshipEdit

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 ChampionshipEdit

 
Veach racing in Star Mazda at Road Atlanta
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 LightsEdit

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 SeriesEdit

(key)

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 33rd 23
A. J. Foyt Enterprises INDY
26
DET DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GTW WGL SNM
2018 Andretti Autosport Honda STP
16
PHX
16
LBH
4
ALA
13
IMS
23
INDY
23
DET
12
DET
13
TXS
16
ROA
22
IOW
20
TOR
7
MDO
10
POC
6
GTW
5
POR
19
SNM
14
15th 313
2019 STP
14
COA
22
ALA
12
LBH
17
IMS
12
INDY
29
DET
8
DET
8
TXS
20
RDA
18
TOR
IOW
MDO
POC
GTW
POR
LAG
18th* 153*

* Season still in progress.

Indianapolis 500Edit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2017 Dallara Chevrolet 32 26 A. J. Foyt Enterprises
2018 Dallara Honda 25 23 Andretti Autosport
2019 Dallara Honda 28 29 Andretti Autosport

ReferencesEdit

  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 Archived 2012-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, 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. ^ https://www.indylights.com/teams-drivers/career-stats
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ http://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2017/04/24/zach-veach-ticks-all-the-right-boxes-in-barber-debut-weekend/
  13. ^ "Indycar Racing News | Racer.com - Veach to run Indy 500 with Foyt". Racer.com. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  14. ^ Ayello, Jim. Zach Veach joining Andretti Autosport in 2018, Indianapolis Star, September 11, 2017, Retrieved 2017-09-12
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ 33 Indy 500 Drivers Join Oprah Winfreys No Phone Zone, paddocktalk.com, June 04, 2010
  17. ^ Drell, Lauren. Zach Veach: A 15-Year-Old Takes on Texting and Driving, AOL Small Business, Sept. 23, 2010
  18. ^ Racer Zach Veach Participates in National Distracted Driving Summit with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, SPEEDtv.com, Sept. 21, 2010

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