8.8.2012 (Via ZachVeach.com) – Andretti Autosport Star Mazda Championship driver Zach Veach soldiered through a faulty clutch throughout the weekend in Canada to muster up pair of eighth-place finishes in his first start on the Canadian circuit of Trois-Rivieres over the weekend. The results gave the drive of the K12 Mazda sixth top-10 finishes on the season.
"Even though we still finished in eighth like yesterday, I think today was a lot better day,” said Veach. “We got the clutch problem resolved, but actually had a bit of a scare with it this morning. The guys worked so hard at getting the car put back together within thirty minutes of having to roll it out to the grid. I really want to thank them for all of the effort they have put in this weekend. Our race was really tough. I was running in eighth and trying to get around a car, but there was a lot of blocking going on. Once I did get by, the rain started to fall and then the red flag came out for us to pit. Once we went back to green in the rain, I moved up to seventh, but made a bit of a mistake trying to pass for sixth, so I fell back to eighth. Overall, it was a good day and we learned a lot. We'll take what we learned here to Baltimore. Thank you to K12, Zakoski Data Backup, Young Marines, Replay XD, ADS, OMP, Oakley, and Arai Helmets for making all of this possible this weekend."
Opening the race weekend for this third consecutive trip to Canada this season, Veach was one of the few Star Mazda drivers who had not previously competed on the 10-turn circuit at Trois-Rivieres, which has held racing events since 1967. Veach had just one session to get himself acclimated with the foreign racetrack, where he turned just 31 laps putting and put him seventh quick on the speed charts. He then qualified later in the day on Friday, where he turned the sixth fastest lap.
"This weekend has been really fast paced,” said Veach. “We had one practice session and then went straight into qualifying. I am trying to learn the track and gain experience on it without having raced here last year. The whole field is just so close. We ended up seventh in qualifying, but I think we have a lot better car than that. .001 of a second would have put me in sixth and .01 would have put me fifth. It is going to be a really close race and with it being a 45 minute race tomorrow, it is going to be about endurance and who can keep their tires the longest. I am really looking forward to it. I want to thank K12 and all of my Andretti Autosport guys for all of their hard work. We'll get after it tomorrow and I think we'll have a good finish."
During Race #1, Veach discovered that he had been battling a faulty clutch, which had hampered his results on the weekend. The 17-year-old muscled through and managed an eighth-pace finish and the 10th quickest lap during the race, which would give him the 10th-place starting spot in Race #2 on Sunday.
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