BALTIMORE, MD (Aug. 29, 2012) – Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach utilized a three-week hiatus from competing for the Star Mazda championship for some time as a normal teenager enjoying the last of the summer months before heading back to school. Not only did Veach return to high school this week, he is also returning to the racetrack for a second trip to the Streets of Baltimore for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.
“I’m very excited for the Baltimore race, it’s a great city, a fun track, and most importantly, the home track for my sponsor, K12,” said Veach. “It’s going to be a lot of fun having the people at the track that made it possible for me to chase my dreams, and get a great education in the process. We are going to be working extremely hard to get a win for the K12 team and show them more about the world of INDYCAR racing.”
Along with entering his senior year of high school this past Mon., Aug., 27, Veach kicked off the race week in the Baltimore area with a visit at his primary sponsor’s headquarters in nearby Virginia. K12, the largest provider of online education for grades K-12, hosted Veach along with his No. 77 Andretti Autosport Star Mazda Championship racecar for K12 employees and families to get an up close and personal view of Veach and his career as a teen racing driver.
“It was really awesome to visit K12,” continued Veach. “Week in and week out I’m out on the racetrack and traveling the world pursuing my dream of being a professional racecar driver and really being a student of life. K12 is making this happen for me because they enable me to still continue my education.”
Following his visit to his sponsor’s headquarters, Veach is scheduled to make a charity appearance on behalf of Racing for Kids at Kennedy-Krieger Children’s Institute on Thurs., Aug., 30 alongside his fellow Andretti Autosport drivers including IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, Firestone Indy Lights drivers Sebastian Saavedra, and Carlos Munoz, Star Mazda teammate Sage Karam, and USF2000 drivers Thomas McGregor and Shelby Blackstock. Veach also plans to support Hunter-Reay at his Racing for Cancer benefit, The Yellow Party, later that day.
The Baltimore Grand Prix is an exciting three-day “festival of speed” that will take place on the streets of downtown Baltimore. The two-mile temporary street circuit is set up around the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards spanning 2.4-miles and encompassing 12 turns. Although the race is being held on active city streets, this area will be transformed into an elite racetrack with all the best possible safety equipment and fan facilities. INDYCAR is making its second trip to Baltimore following the inaugural event in 2011. This year’s event is also being promoted by Veach’s team, Andretti Autosport’s sister company, Andretti Sports Marketing.
Veach will be contesting two races on the Streets of Baltimore with practice beginning on Fri., Aug. 31 at 8:40 a.m. followed by qualifications later that day at 1:55 p.m. EDT. Race #1 is set for Sat., Sept. 1 at 2:35 p.m. while Race #2 is set for Sun., Sept., 2 at 11:35 a.m. in support of the headlining IZOD IndyCar Series race that same day at 2:40 p.m. Veach has two previous starts on the Streets of Baltimore in USF2000 with two top-10 results in 2011. On the 2012 season, Veach sits 10th in series points with six top-10 finishes, three top-five results and a best finish of second at the Grand Prix of Toronto this season.
In addition to the Star Mazda Championship Series and the IZOD IndyCar Series, the USF2000 National Championship Series, the Firestone Indy Lights and the American Le Mans series will also be contesting races.
Live timing and scoring is available throughout the weekend via http://www.starmazda.com/timing/ or by downloading the Race Monitor app. Further, the race will be prepared for network distribution via tape delay on Discovery’s Velocity Network, Canada’s Rogers SportsNet, and globally on ESPN International. In the U.S., the race will air at 12 Noon, EDT on Sat., Sept. 29. For international dates and times, check local listings.
Veach’s 2012 effort in the Star Mazda Championship is primarily supported by K12 with additional backing provided by: the Young Marines youth organization, Zakosi Data Backup, ADS IT Solutions, Replay XD, OMP, Oakley, and Arai Helmets.
Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the Star Mazda Championship is one of two series part of both the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver program. Andretti Autosport is currently the only INDYCAR team to compete in each level of the Mazda Road to Indy.
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ROCKET SPORTS and ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK on August 29, 2012