ANDRETTI AUTOSPORTS' ZACH VEACH HEADS TO IOWA USF2000 National Championship Driver Continues with 2010 Racing Campaign INDIANAPOLIS, IN June 16, 2010 - 15-year-old Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach obtained his drivers permit last week to...
ANDRETTI AUTOSPORTS' ZACH VEACH HEADS TO IOWA
USF2000 National Championship Driver Continues with 2010 Racing Campaign
INDIANAPOLIS, IN June 16, 2010 - 15-year-old Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach obtained his drivers permit last week to begin training to add a driver's license to accompany his IMSA closed-circuit auto-racing license. While his father will be assisting him in learning to drive on today's highways, Veach needs little introduction to closed-circuit driving. Veach heads to Iowa Speedway for his June 19 Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda event, the fourth round of his 2010 season.
"I'm really excited to be racing at Iowa this weekend," said Veach, who wrapped a campaign with Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone" last month with 33 Indy 500 drivers, CNN's Anderson Cooper and IZOD IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard. "Iowa is right in the thick of grass-roots racing and I'm told the race weekend has been a sell-out every year the IndyCar Series has been there. We had a lot of work to do after the ORP race last month, but I think we've improved in the areas we were lacking. It will be great to be back in the race car, as I've been training on my racing sim and now that school is out, this summer will be all about the racing."
While Veach's primary training has been in wheeling street and road course events, he'll take his first tour of the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway when practice begins on June 18 for only his second oval race of his budding career. In his oval race debut at O'Reilly Raceway Park in late May 2010, Veach, who was named to CNN's "Most Intriguing People" list, placed fourth, adding a second top-five finish to his 2010 campaign.
Even though the Freshman High School student has been let out from school for the summer, Veach continues to carry his notebook to testing, practice and race-weekend activities as he's working to finish his upcoming book, 99 THINGS YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE YOU TURNED 16, which will be released later this year as part of the "99 Series" wide-ranging library of self-help mini-guides.
To follow Veach's progress in his No. 7 Team ADS Andretti Autosport car, live timing and streaming video coverage is available on www.usf2000.com and www.usf2000timing.com.
The USF2000 will be joined at Iowa Speedway by other series that are part of the "Road to Indy" program, including the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and the Firestone Indy Lights. The feature event, the IZOD IndyCar Series' Iowa Corn Indy 250, will take the green flag on June 20, in open-wheels racing's all-encompassing weekend.