11.10.11 – Andretti Autosport announced today that Zach Veach will drive the No. 77 Team Zakosi Data Backup Star Mazda Championship car in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear Winter Series.
The Formula Car Challenge is a regionalized open-wheel racing series with an annual NASA-sanctioned national championship. The series, powered by Mazda and equipped with Goodyear Racing tires, features a multi-class format. The Winter Series begins with a double-header on Nov. 12 and 13 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. before heading to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. for three events in January 2012.
Veach, a 16-year-old from Stockdale, Ohio, finished fourth in the 2011 Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. He helped Andretti Autosport secure the team championship title for the second consecutive year with one win, five podiums and three pole positions. He also captured the inaugural Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 Winterfest Championship title earlier this year with two race wins. In 2010, Veach finished fifth in the overall USF2000 driver championship points, despite starting the season two races behind the rest of the field.
During the 2011 season, Veach also competed during the final two rounds of the Star Mazda Championship. He secured a third place podium finish at the final race of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
ZACH VEACH, DRIVER, #77 TEAM ZAKOSI DATA BACKUP:
“Coming off a successful test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to compete in this winter series. The West coast always has a lot of great talent so I’m excited to compete with the series regulars and do my best to put in a great result for Andretti Autosport and INDYCAR.”