Indy Lights - Zach Veach

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Zach Veach
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Biography of Zach Veach

Zach Veach began racing when he was 12 years old. He started in go-karts and soon moved onto Formula BMW. In 2010, he competed in the USF2000 National Championship and moved up to the Star Mazda Championship in 2011. In 2012, he had 11 top-10 finishes in Star Mazda. Outside of the track, Veach released his first book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, with an appearance on NBC's The Today Show.

Hobbies: Aviation/flying, rock climbing, mountain biking, Remote Control cars and planes, golf

Snapshot: I’m always looking for the exciting sides of life and eager to learn something new; from rock climbing to sitting in the race car, I’m hooked on the rush of life you get when doing something out of the ordinary. This is a part of the reason for me getting my pilot’s license this year as well. But even more importantly, I love to help people and make a difference in their lives for the greater good, because that’s a win-win for everybody.

Racing goal: To become an IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 professional race car driver

Racing hero: Michael Andretti

My fitness routine includes: A lot of strength training in the off-season to build up muscle and then a lot of cardio to stay in shape during the season. Also, I have to eat as much as I can every day to try to gain more weight (4,000 to 6,000 calories).

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Always have to get in from the right side of the car

The one talent I wish I had: Looking my age! Seriously, though, probably basketball.

An interesting note about me: This will be my fifth season with Andretti Autosport, and my last season as a teenager.

2013: Completed rookie Indy Lights season in seventh place with one pole position, one podium, six top-five finishes and 56 laps led … earned Key Bank Community Leader Award for being the driver "who best displays a passion for community service and community outreach" … named to Got Chocolate Milk's Team Refuel… appeared on Larry King's 'King's Things' program after a nationwide hunt for inspirational people

2012: Finished 10th in the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear (now Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires) point standings … claimed 11 top-10 finishes … won the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear Winter Series championship with four race wins and four pole positions to capture the title

2011: Clinched the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest championship title with two race wins and two podium finishes … voted "Most Popular Driver in USF2000" along with being named by ESPN The Magazine as a NEXT athlete in motorsports

2010: Finished fifth in the USF2000 series with 10 top-five finishes in 12 starts with Andretti Autosport … recorded a podium finish of third in only his second USF2000 race.

2009: Signed to compete in the Atlantic Championship Series, before it folded in early 2010 (in which he would have become the youngest competitor in the series’ 37-year history) … test driver in Formula BMW and Formula Atlantic Series … Indiana Karting Series New Castle Shifter Kart Champion … GLSS New Castle 80cc Shifter Kart Champion.

2008: Mid-State Ohio Karting Club Points Runner-Up in the Yamaha Jr. Class … set Mid-State Ohio Karting Yamaha Jr. track record.

2007: Set Yamaha Jr. Sportsman track record at Circleville (Ohio) Raceway Park … Mid-State Ohio Karting Club Points Championship for Yamaha Jr. Sportsman Class… Mid-State Ohio Karting Club “Rookie of the Year” … Commercial Point Grand Prix Champion (Ohio) … scored 12 feature wins and 26 heat wins in the MSOKC circuit (Ohio).

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
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Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Indy Lights 14 3 4 11 14 119 14
2013 Indy Lights 12 0 1 6 12 56 10
Total 26 3 5 17 26 175 24
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Andretti Autosport

Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights, the Pro Mazda Championship and in USF2000.

The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007).

Andretti competed for 19 years in the CART championship before moving to the IndyCar Series in 2003. He retired from full-time driving following the 2003 Indianapolis 500 to concentrate on team ownership.