By on September 3, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD (Sept. 2, 2012) – Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach’s entire weekend changed when qualifications were cancelled due to rain and a tight schedule. While running fourth during practice Veach was sure to secure a top starting position for the opening race of the weekend in Baltimore. With qualifications negated, Veach was forced to start 10th and with a race plagued with yellows, finished eighth. In race two, he started seventh and finished sixth, bringing his total to eight top-10 finishes on the 2012 Star Mazda Championship season.

“Recovering from yesterday not starting where we wanted to and getting stuck in slower traffic during the fist race we then had to start this race today seventh,” said Veach. “We got boxed in on the start and fell out of the top 10. From that time on, we just started working our way through the field. With the time that we had, we managed to get up to sixth at the finish. We ended up with the fourth fastest lap of the race and overall even though the results don’t show it, I felt like it was a really positive day for the K12 team. We’ll take what we learned from here and go back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which is where I finished third in my second race ever in Star Mazda. I’m really happy with that track and excited to be back on a real racetrack. Have to thank all my Andretti Autosport crew guys and of course K12, The Young Marines, Replay XD, Arai, ADS, Zakosi, OMP and Oakley for the continued support.”

Opening the weekend with a visit to his sponsor K12’s headquarters, Veach also spent time with children at the Kennedy-Krieger Children’s Institute as a special guest of Racing for Kids followed by students as part of INDYCAR playing host to a STEM-focused education day.

Practice began at the balance of the week with opening the opening session on Fri., Aug. 31 where Veach sat fourth on the speed charts. Due to rain and a tight schedule, Star Mazda qualifications were cancelled and therefore setting the field for the first race via season points. With Veach tenth in points, he would roll from Row 5.

As the race went to green, two cars stalled on the grid for the start along with several drivers jumping the standing start and with an incident in Turn 1, brought out the first of several full-course yellows. Veach maintained his place within the top-10 throughout the race and while must of the race was under yellow, including the checkered, Veach lead his Andretti Autsoport team with an eighth-place finishing position in his K12 Mazda. The race ended several minutes early under yellow when Veach’s Andretti Autosport teammate Sage Karam hit the wall extremely hard after hitting the newly installed chicane that had been the subject of much debate and incident over the weekend. Jack Hawksworth went on to take the win.

“We had a rough day, especially starting 10th since we didn’t get to qualify,” said Veach. “We had really good pace in practice too. We had a good start in the race, but then a couple guys got tangled up and I had to avoid a crash. I then fell back to where I had started and it was tough racing with the kids in front of me. I would make some moves and the racing was a bit defensive. We didn’t get as far up as we would have liked, but at the end of the day, we finished. I just want to thank everyone for working so hard this weekend and getting everything repaired for us, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. It has also been really nice having K12 and Young Marines here this weekend. I really appreciate all the support they have given me.”

During race two, Veach started seventh after recording the seventh fastest time during Race #1. He was boxed in early in the race causing him to give up his position and fell back to 11th place before his charge back to the front. He moved as far up as fifth before finishing sixth when the checkered flag flew to close out the weekend on the Streets of Baltimore. Veach’s Andretti Autosport teammate Karam went on to take the win.

If you missed the action in person on the 13-turn circuit on the Streets of Baltimore, Veach’s Star Mazda races will be prepared for network distribution via tape delay on Discovery’s Velocity Network, Canada’s Rogers SportsNet, and globally on ESPN International. Part of this coverage is via Veach’s sponsor Replay XD, which provides driver POV (point of view) via Replay XD1080 lipstick cameras. In the U.S., the race will air at 12 Noon, EDT on Sat., Sept. 29. For international dates and times, check local listings.

Returning to the racetrack for two rounds at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR FESTIVAL Powered by MAZDA, Veach take to the 11-turn 2.238-mile course for a promoter test day on Sept. 6 with official practice opening on Sept. 7 at11:35 a.m. EDT. Race #1 is set for Sat., Sept. 8 at 8:20 p.m. EDT followed by Race #2 on Sun., Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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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About Zach Veach:
Zach “Ziggy” Veach is a 17-year-old autoracing driver who competes in INDYCAR’s ‘Mazda Road to Indy’ Star Mazda Championship Series, an important open-wheel stepping-stone to a career in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. In 2012, Veach captured the Formula Car Challenge Winter Series Championship and in 2011, he secured the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship and was voted the “Most Popular Driver in USF2000”. Named by ESPN The Magazine as a NEXT athlete in motorsports, Veach keeps an active pace both on and off the race track. In 2010, Michael Andretti signed Veach to his team, Andretti Autosport, while also being named one of CNN’s “Intriguing People” and being nominated for the Sports Illustrated “Sports Kid of the Year” award. In addition to his racing, Veach is an advocate for safer driving as the national spokesperson for FocusDriven, an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using their cell phones and has campaigned for Oprah Winfrey’s “No Phone Zone.” Veach designed a phone application through his phone-app building company, ZaAPP, releasing urTXT, in the Marketplace for Android to help consumers avoid dangerous text messaging while driving. Like most of his peers, Veach was bullied as a kid and works to combat the growing epidemic as part of the Cyber Safety Academy’s “No BULL Challenge” as a key ambassador. Veach has been a guest or profiled on a variety of national platforms including NBC’s The Today Show, CNN’s Headline News,, Oprah Radio’s The Gayle King Show, The Los Angeles Times, and is a blogger for RACER magazine and The Huffington Post. The son of a national truck and tractor-pulling champion, Veach is sponsored by K12, Zakosi Data Backup, the Young Marines youth organization, Replay XD, Arai Helmets, OMP, ADS IT Solutions, and He enters his senior year of high school this fall and released his first book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, in 2011. For more information, please visit

About Andretti Autosport:
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport competes in Firestone Indy Lights, the Star Mazda Championship and in the USF2000 National Championship. The company boasts three IZOD IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005 and 2007), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007). For more information, please visit

About the Star Mazda Championship Series:
For 2012, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear will again be a major part of the “Mazda Road to Indy”. The 2012 schedule consists of 17 races on 10 weekends, most with IndyCar. Rising stars from around the world will compete on road courses, street circuits and ovals in front of more than a million fans as they battle for prizes valued at $1.5 million, including a scholarship to move up and race in the 2013 Firestone Indy Lights series. Drivers 16 and older are welcome to compete and the Star Mazda Championship also features the Expert Series for drivers 30 and older. The Star Mazda Championship features standing starts, wheel-to-wheel racing at 160 mph and budgets a fraction of other top open-wheel ladder series. For more information on the Star Mazda Championship and its drivers, as well as the Mazda Motorsports ladder system, please visit

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