15-YEAR-OLD ZACH VEACH ADDED TO USF2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP AT ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT; FORMER ATLANTIC SERIES DRIVER TO COMPETE IN 'ROAD TO INDY' LADDER SYSTEM INDIANAPOLIS (March 26, 2010) - Andretti Autosport announced today it has signed...
15-YEAR-OLD ZACH VEACH ADDED TO USF2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP AT ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT; FORMER ATLANTIC SERIES DRIVER TO COMPETE IN 'ROAD TO INDY' LADDER SYSTEM
INDIANAPOLIS (March 26, 2010) - Andretti Autosport announced today it has signed 15-year-old American driver Zach Veach as the team's second entry in the USF2000 National Championship presented by Cooper Tires and powered by Mazda.Veach's season will start with the May 29th event at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
Veach joins Sage Karam, a 15-year-old driver from Nazareth, Pa., as a part of Andretti Autosport's debut in the new IRL ladder system.
Veach, a native of Stockdale, Ohio, has been successful at various levels of karting and participated in an aggressive Formula BMW Americas testing program that included nearly 30 days of testing. The youngster then switched in late August 2009 to the Mazda-Cosworth Atlantic car for 22 days of testing for the 2010 Atlantic Championship season, which was set to begin March 19. Had the series not ceased operations in early March, Veach would have become the youngest driver in the 37-year history of the Atlantic Championship.
Away from the track, Veach heads up a teen safe driving campaign and plans to release a book, "99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Getting Your Drivers License," on his 16th birthday, Dec. 9, 2010.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT: "We are extremely pleased to announce Zach as our newest USF2000 driver. His quick success in the go-karting world and Formula BMW series proves his commitment to a high level of racing. I think he'll have a smooth transition into the USF2000 series with Andretti Autosport, and I am confident he will grow to become an established part of the Indy Racing League through the Road to Indy ladder system."
ZACH VEACH, DRIVER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT: "It is exciting to once again to be part of a series in which Cooper Tires and Mazda are involved with. I am sure with the sanction of the Indy Racing League; a bright future is ahead for the USF2000 Series. I have dreamt of driving IndyCar since I was a small child and look at this opportunity as bringing me one step closer to this dream. To be able to compete in the series with a team like Andretti Autosport is incredibly humbling for me."
-source: andretti autosport