By on September 5, 2012

MONTEREY, CA (Sept. 5, 2012) – Andretti Autosport K12 driver Zach Veach looked at his opportunity to step up to the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2011 as graduating from high school and moving up to the college. While the high school senior still has one year left on earning his actual diploma, he’ll make a return to Laguna Seca this weekend where he earned his first career podium result in Star Mazda.

“After Baltimore we learned a lot of things we’d like to try differently,” said Veach. “I got to race a lot of guys and that’s definitely going to help us going into this weekend. Last year, in my second race ever in Star Mazda, we finished third and I think that’s going to give us the momentum we need for a solid weekend in the No. 77 K12 Mazda. It’s a really fun track that I enjoy and I’m excited to be back at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with Andretti Autosport.”

Veach made his first start at Laguna Seca in 2010 in the USF2000 National Championship series where he qualified third and backed it up with a third-place result in the race. The following season while still racing full-time in USF2000, Veach’s Andretti Autosport team awarded him with two starts in the Star Mazda Championship, one of which was Laguna Seca. With little Star Mazda experience under his belt the 17-year-old qualified fourth and finished third.

Several of the most recent Star Mazda races have been on temporary street circuits while Laguna Seca is a permanent road course, which opened in 1957. The track is a 2.238-mile course with a 180 feet elevation change. With 11 turns, including the famous “Corkscrew” at Turn 8, the track is both a challenge and physically demanding for the drivers. With two third-places results and a qualifying effort no worse than fourth at Laguna Seca, Veach is hoping to continue his string of top-10 finishes, which include eight on the season.

Practice for the Monterey, California CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR FESTIVAL Powered by MAZDA, event will kick-off with a promoter test day on Sept. 6 with official practice opening on Sept. 7 at 11:35 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.

Live timing and scoring is available throughout the weekend via 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., Oct. 13. 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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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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