VEACH HOPES TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM IN CANADA WITH GRAND PRIX OF EDMONTON

By on July 19, 2012

EDMONTON, ON (July 18, 2012, courtesy of Zach Veach PR) – Andretti Autosport Star Mazda driver Zach Veach thinks a return to Canada will be his lucky charm to best his second-place result on the streets of Toronto to get his first win in the Star Mazda Championship series during this weekend’s second of three straight Canadian races for the teen driver.

“I think we’re back where we need to be heading into Edmonton,” said Veach. “I’ll be working extremely hard to make these next races have most of the same luck as Toronto! I can’t thank K12 enough for this opportunity, and I can honestly say, I’m looking forward to school starting again!”

Veach had been looking for a little luck to fall his way in the Star Mazda Championship series after a rough go at the 2012 season thus far, starting the season’s four straight road course events buried in the crowd and lacking a top-five result. All that changed with his second-place result on the oval in Indianapolis and follow-up second-place result on the Streets of Toronto in his K12 machine.

“The Toronto weekend was a little bitter sweet for us as we were P1 in the first practice session and that momentum just carried throughout the entire weekend,” continued Veach. “I was able to record my best Star Mazda finish with a second on Saturday, and qualified second for the race on Sunday. I want to say thank you to my crew for sticking with me through the tough start to the season and working so hard every weekend.”

His return to Canada for the Edmonton Indy will again coincide with the IZOD IndyCar Series headlining race, both held on a temporary circuit at the Edmonton City Centre Airport near the downtown area of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Practice at the 2.224-mile 13-turn circuit opens for Veach and Star Mazda on July 20 at 9:00 a.m. EDT with qualifications set for July 21 at 11:00 a.m. EDT followed by Race #1 at 2:30 p.m. EDT later that day. Race #2 is set for July 22 at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

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., Aug. 25. For international dates and times, check local listings.

Following the race weekend, Veach will be traveling on behalf of the Young Marines youth organization to participate in the organization’s annual National Leadership Academy, addressing the value of maintaining a healthy, drug free lifestyle to achieve personal goals.

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, 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.

For more information, please visit www.ZachVeach.com or www.AndrettiAutosport.com.

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, ABCNews.com, Oprah Radio’s The Gayle King Show, The Los Angeles Times, AOL.com 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 artrotondo.com. 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 www.ZachVeach.com.

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 www.AndrettiAutosport.com.

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 www.StarMazda.com.

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