USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER ZACH VEACH BREEZES INTO THE WINDY CITY ON A MISSION JOLIET, Ill. (July 29,2010) Andretti Autosport's 15-year-old Zach Veach has been getting a lot done before he gets behind the wheel this weekend for the Harrah's ...
USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER ZACH VEACH BREEZES INTO THE WINDY CITY ON A MISSION
JOLIET, Ill. (July 29,2010) Andretti Autosport's 15-year-old Zach Veach has been getting a lot done before he gets behind the wheel this weekend for the Harrah's Autobahn Grand Prix presented by Mazda. Living up to his feature in this month's issue of Amazing Kids!, a not-for-profit magazine showcasing amazing and inspirational kids, Veach has been working to spread his message to end distracted driving.
The young driver launched a Droid® anti-texting application, called urTXT, as part of Ziggy's Safe Driving Day (named after Veach, whose nickname is "Ziggy"), in conjunction with Mazda North America. The new phone feature sends an automatic response to incoming texts that the person they are trying to reach is driving and will text them later. Veach, named one of CNN's "Intriguing People" this past May, held the event at Autobahn Country Club on Tues. to encourage teens to practice safe habits behind the wheel.
"I came to Chicago to drive fast and win," said Veach, who has been campaigning for Oprah Winfrey's No Phone Zone since April of this year. "But I'm also here to further the message of safe driving. I can't wait to compete this weekend after such success with Ziggy's Safe Driving day."
The No. 7 Team ADS car will compete in the weekend-long event at the 3.56 mile country club road course in Joliet, Ill.; 45 miles southwest of Chicago. The track features four race circuits on its 355-acre facility. This is the track's second year holding this event, hosting seven professional race series, with a total of 11 races throughout the weekend for fans to enjoy. "I'm really excited going into the Autobahn race weekend," said Veach. "We made some adjustments that puts me higher in my car and got me more comfortable. I'm hoping that will be an advantage compared to what I've had throughout the season thus far. We are testing Thursday and Friday so having twice the track time compared to normal will also be a big help. I had all the participants from my Teen Safe Driving day sign my driving gloves earlier this week and hope that's the good luck charm I've been missing."