THE SEASON MAY BE ENDING, BUT ZACH VEACH HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN Andretti Autosport's Veach Plans to End His First USF2000 Season Making Passes and Headlines Braselton, Ga. (Sept. 28, 2010) 15-year-old Zach Veach has spent the 2010 USF2000 season ...
THE SEASON MAY BE ENDING, BUT ZACH VEACH HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN
Andretti Autosport's Veach Plans to End His First USF2000 Season Making Passes and Headlines
Braselton, Ga. (Sept. 28, 2010) 15-year-old Zach Veach has spent the 2010 USF2000 season proving he is wise beyond his years. The young Andretti Autosport driver has made it his mission to put an end to distracted driving and has, in turn, brought a lot of much-needed attention to his cause; this week along being prominently featured on AOL.com. If he wasn't on track perfecting his driving skills, he was making headlines for his efforts to convince other drivers to practice safer habits while behind the wheel.
Veach has also made some friends along the way. He went to The Oprah Show in April to speak to the audience and the host about his safe driving campaign. He was a guest on The Gayle King Show. He convinced many of his fellow drivers and teammates to join his efforts, including IndyCar drivers Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves. Just this month, FocusDriven Spokesperson Veach gave a speech at the TEDx Conference at Microsoft Headquarters and attended the National Distracted Driving Summit and NOYS Conferences in Washington, D.C. with Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood. He is also a semifinalist for Sports Illustrated's "SportsKID of the Year" award; and all this before his sixteenth birthday.
"I really feel that distracted driving is an issue we have to be talking about," said Veach. "Putting an end to this rapidly growing problem will help save a lot of lives. I'm just trying to do my part."
But it's not all interviews and hand-shaking. Veach is also doing his part on the race track. He's had eight top-five finishes this season, including three podium finishes. He is in the top five for driver championship points despite missing two races and his performance behind the wheel has contributed to Andretti Autosport capturing first place in points standing for the team championship.
"It's hard to believe that we are going into our last two races of the season, it seems like just a few weeks ago I was taking the track for the first time at Laguna Seca in May," said Veach. "I can't thank my crew enough for all the hard work and help this year, I feel we have some momentum going into Road Atlanta from Road America."
This weekend's race marks the 13th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda2 event and will consist of another double-header on Thurs., Sept. 30 and Fri., Oct.1.
The series will close the 2010 season at an awards presentation on Friday night for the MazdaSpeed Motorsports Development Ladder Awards Dinner.