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.
* Under INDYCAR sanction
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Belardi Auto Racing is owned by Brian Belardi, a former collegiate football player who has focused his competitive juices into auto racing. Located near Indianapolis, the Belardi team campaigns cars in the Indy Lights and USF2000 National Championship in support of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder system.
Belardi is a tough competitor. A former defensive back at the University of Colorado, he had his eyes set on a NFL career before being sidelined with injuries, Belardi understands what it takes to compete at the highest levels of sports. As a former driver, Belardi also understands the specific needs of racer that is in pursuit of a championship.