VEACH RECORDS TOP-10 RESULT IN FIRST STAR MAZDA RACE

By on August 29, 2011

 Zach Veach Places Seventh at Infineon Raceway In Series Debut

courtesy of Zach Veah PR

SONOMA, CA (August 27, 2011) – For the first time this season, Andretti Autosport fielded two entries in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, offering USF2000 National Championship driver Zach Veach a shot at the second step on the “Mazda Road to Indy” developmental ladder this past weekend. Veach qualified eighth and finished seventh in his Star Mazda debut at Infineon Raceway alongside former USF2000 teammate Sage Karam.

“This weekend was my first time to compete in the Star Mazda car,” said Veach. “I really have to thank everyone at Andretti Autosport and my Zakosi Data Backup team for taking the time to put the car together. In the race, we were able to move up one spot. I was running sixth for a while but weren’t able to hold on. In practice, we were really loose and tried to make adjustments for the race. We ended up going too far forward and couldn’t get the car to rotate at the end. I’m really looking forward to Laguna. I can’t wait to get back in a Star Mazda car.”

The teen athlete opened the weekend in Sonoma, California, fifth in the first official Star Mazda Championship series practice before falling to eighth in the second session and putting a qualifying effort in the same position. During the race, Veach ran just outside the top-five, before finishing the 30-lap effort in the seventh position.

Veach will make one final start on the Star Mazda schedule with a race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca September 16-18 in Monterey, California.

Next weekend, Veach returns to his No. 7 Zakosi Data Backup Mazda in the USF2000 National Championship Series September 2-4, where he will close out his 2011 USF2000 season schedule. The sixteen-year-old is currently running a full schedule in the USF2000 National Championship series where he sits third in series points heading into the final two races of the 2011 season.

Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is one of two series part of both INDYCAR’s Road to Indy ladder system and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver program.

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

About Zach Veach:
Zach “Ziggy” Veach is a 16-year-old autoracing driver who competes in INDYCAR’s ‘Mazda Road to Indy’ USF2000 National Championship Series and Star Mazda Championship Series, important open-wheel stepping-stones to a career in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. In 2011, Veach captured the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship, on the heels of placing fifth in the 2010 season, despite missing two race events. In 2010, Michael Andretti signed Veach to his team, Andretti Autosport, while Veach was also being named one of CNN’s “Intriguing People” and was also nominated for Sports Illustrated “Sports Kid of the Year” award. In addition to his racing, Veach is an advocate for safer driving in conjunction with Oprah Winfrey’s “No Phone Zone,” and is the national spokesperson for FocusDriven, an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using their cell phones. In 2010, Veach released his first published Android application through his phone-app building company, ZaAPP, releasing urTXT, in the Marketplace for Android to help consumers avoid dangerous text messaging while driving and helms his own safe driving program, Ziggy’s Safe Driving, which hits 25 markets across the country each year. 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. The son of a national truck and tractor-pulling champion, Veach entered his sophomore year of high school this past fall and released his first book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, on March 2, 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 also campaigns multiple cars 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.

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