Zach Veach began racing when he was 12 years old. He started in go-karts and soon moved onto Formula BMW. In 2010, he competed in the USF2000 National Championship and moved up to the Star Mazda Championship in 2011. In 2012, he had 11 top-10 finishes in Star Mazda. Outside of the track, Veach released his first book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, with an appearance on NBC's The Today Show.
Hobbies: Aviation/flying, rock climbing, mountain biking, Remote Control cars and planes, golf
Snapshot: I’m always looking for the exciting sides of life and eager to learn something new; from rock climbing to sitting in the race car, I’m hooked on the rush of life you get when doing something out of the ordinary. This is a part of the reason for me getting my pilot’s license this year as well. But even more importantly, I love to help people and make a difference in their lives for the greater good, because that’s a win-win for everybody.
Racing goal: To become an IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 professional race car driver
Racing hero: Michael Andretti
My fitness routine includes: A lot of strength training in the off-season to build up muscle and then a lot of cardio to stay in shape during the season. Also, I have to eat as much as I can every day to try to gain more weight (4,000 to 6,000 calories).
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Always have to get in from the right side of the car
The one talent I wish I had: Looking my age! Seriously, though, probably basketball.
An interesting note about me: This will be my fifth season with Andretti Autosport, and my last season as a teenager.
2013: Completed rookie Indy Lights season in seventh place with one pole position, one podium, six top-five finishes and 56 laps led … earned Key Bank Community Leader Award for being the driver "who best displays a passion for community service and community outreach" … named to Got Chocolate Milk's Team Refuel… appeared on Larry King's 'King's Things' program after a nationwide hunt for inspirational people
2012: Finished 10th in the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear (now Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires) point standings … claimed 11 top-10 finishes … won the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear Winter Series championship with four race wins and four pole positions to capture the title
2011: Clinched the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest championship title with two race wins and two podium finishes … voted "Most Popular Driver in USF2000" along with being named by ESPN The Magazine as a NEXT athlete in motorsports
2010: Finished fifth in the USF2000 series with 10 top-five finishes in 12 starts with Andretti Autosport … recorded a podium finish of third in only his second USF2000 race.
2009: Signed to compete in the Atlantic Championship Series, before it folded in early 2010 (in which he would have become the youngest competitor in the series’ 37-year history) … test driver in Formula BMW and Formula Atlantic Series … Indiana Karting Series New Castle Shifter Kart Champion … GLSS New Castle 80cc Shifter Kart Champion.
2008: Mid-State Ohio Karting Club Points Runner-Up in the Yamaha Jr. Class … set Mid-State Ohio Karting Yamaha Jr. track record.
2007: Set Yamaha Jr. Sportsman track record at Circleville (Ohio) Raceway Park … Mid-State Ohio Karting Club Points Championship for Yamaha Jr. Sportsman Class… Mid-State Ohio Karting Club “Rookie of the Year” … Commercial Point Grand Prix Champion (Ohio) … scored 12 feature wins and 26 heat wins in the MSOKC circuit (Ohio).