Long-time Indy Lights frontrunner Zach Veach is set to get his first Verizon IndyCar Series start this year, as he joins AJ Foyt Racing for the Indianapolis 500.
Veach, 22, will be piloting a third Foyt-Chevrolet entry in the series' flagship race. He will carry the #40, with the Guggenheim company-established Indy Women in Tech foundation acting as his primary sponsor.
"To compete in the Indianapolis 500 is a dream I’ve had since I was 4 years old, so when the opportunity came about to join AJ Foyt Racing with the support of the IWiT Championship and Guggenheim, I was ecstatic," Veach said.
"A lot of great people helped me to follow my dream, so I’m thrilled to be part of this program that strives to advance career opportunities for women in the field of science and technology."
Veach has been a prominent figure on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder since 2010 and made his debut in IndyCar's main feeder series Indy Lights back in 2013.
After finishing third in 2014 with Andretti, he was on the sidelines for a year before returning in 2016 and placing fourth with Belardi - the Ohio native recording a combined six victories across the two campaigns.
At Foyt, he will partner regular-season drivers Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly, both newcomers to the team this season.
Foyt fielded three cars in the GP of Indy and the Indy 500 last year, with Alex Tagliani joining on a part-time schedule.
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Other drivers announced for teams' additional entries at the Indy 500 so far include Juan Pablo Montoya in the fifth Penske car and Oriol Servia with Rahal Letterman Lanigan.
Jay Howard and Pippa Mann return in third entries for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport and Dale Coyne Racing respectively.
Former series regular Dreyer & Reinbold will rejoin the field for Indy with Sage Karam, while leading Road to Indy squad Juncos Racing is planning an IndyCar debut at the 500 with the equipment it acquired from KV Racing Technology and an as-yet unnamed driver.
Andretti Autosport plans to add a fifth car for Indy but is also yet to announce who will drive it.
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