INDYCAR Nation, INDYCAR’s official fan club, announced today the winning drivers in the annual “Most Popular Driver” award category with Andretti Autosport “Mazda Road to Indy” regular Zach Veach being named as the “Most Popular Driver” in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear series for 2012.
Veach earns the honor for the second year in a row following his win in the category in the USF2000 National Championship series in 2011.
I’m so lucky to have such a supportive fan base and I’m so thankful for all of the votes. It’s also really cool to share this honor with two of my Andretti Autosport teammates, Hinch [James Hinchcliffe] and Sebastian [Saavedra] who also won in their series.
I’m sure Hinch will come up with something for us to do together to celebrate—maybe even a Godaddy.com commercial.”
Fans voted for their favorite INDYCAR drivers on IndyCar.com for the opportunity to win racing memorabilia, which from Veach will include a signed copy of his book, an autographed hero card, a K12/Zach Veach branded bookmark, and a Young Marines commemorative Zach Veach, limited-edition coin.
In 2012, Veach competed in Star Mazda and prior to the season, used four race wins and four pole positions to capture the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear Winter Series championship, his second straight career winter series championship.
Following the 2012 season, Veach topped the speed charts and set an unofficial new track record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway while testing a Firestone Indy Lights machine on the Brickyard’s historic grounds.
Veach is joined in the popular driver award winning category by fellow Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe, who won in the IZOD IndyCar Series category, Sebastian Saavedra in the Firestone Indy Lights and Shannon McIntosh in the USF2000 National Championship series.
The winning drivers are set to be officially introduced at the 2012 INDYCAR Celebration Banquet on Thurs., Dec. 6, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.