Veach To Test The Indianapolis Motor Speedway In Star Mazda Oct. 28-29

By on October 28, 2011

ZACH VEACH UPDATE (photo courtesy of Zach Veach PR)

courtesy of Zach Veach PR

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 27, 2011) – Andretti Autosport Mazda Road to Indy driver Zach Veach is set to participate in The Chris Griffis Memorial Indy Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct 29.

“First of all, I’d like to say that my thoughts and prayers are with the Wheldon family during this difficult time,” said Veach. “Dan was one of my friends, heroes and he taught me a lot on driving and just interacting with people. We miss you buddy, thank you for everything and I can’t wait to see you again one day. I really want to say thank you to the Mazda Road to Indy folks and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for setting this test up for us young drivers. IMS is the dream for us all and being on step closer to getting on the oval is very special for me.”

The Ohio-native, 16, will be testing both days in the Star Mazda Championship Series from 10:15-11:15 a.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m. and media may film on-track activity during both sessions. Zach will be available for one-on-one interviews from 3:30-4:00 p.m. The same availability times apply for both days of the open test.

Zach just completed his second season in the USF2000 National Championship Series where he won the USF2000 Winterfest Championship while also being named by ESPN The Magazine as a NEXT athlete in the motorsports space as well as a semi-finalist for Sports Illustrated’s “Sports Kid of the Year” award. Zach also competed in two Star Mazda Championship events in 2011, placing third in his second event.

Should your plans enable you to attend the open test, please RSVP to Kate Guerra with INDYCAR at kguerra@indycar.com.

More About Zach Veach:

In addition to his racing, Veach is an advocate for safer driving as the national spokesperson for the Department of Transportation’s FocusDriven, an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using their cell phones and a spokesperson for the No Bull Challenge, a national anti-bullying campaign alongside Dr. Oz’s daughter Zoe Oz.

Zach, a high school junior through K-12 online schooling, is a published author and creator of a phone app through his phone-app building company ZaAPP. He 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, and is a blogger for RACER and iPhone iLife magazines.

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, while also being named by ESPN The Magazine as a NEXT athlete in motorsports. 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 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 DMA 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, ESPN.com, FOXsports.com, ABCNews.com, Oprah Radio’s The Gayle King Show, The Los Angeles Times, AOL.com Fast Company magazine, Mashable.com and is a blogger for RACER and iPhone iLife magazines. The son of a national truck and tractor-pulling champion, Veach entered his junior year of high school this fall and released his first book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, in March 2011. For more information, please visit www.ZachVeach.com.

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