Legendary television and radio host Larry King has selected 18-year-old Andretti Autosport Firestone Indy Lights race car driver Zach Veach as his next interview. King’s producers originally named Veach as one of 12 finalists in April as a potential interview subject as part of his network’s “Pick Me Larry” contest. Veach along with fellow athlete AJ Kirsch were selected as the winning interview subjects.
“To hear Larry King say my name was rather shocking to be honest,” said Veach. “I’m really greatful that Larry and his producers felt my story should be told through his channels. I think so many kids are bullied away from their true dreams and we must continue to speak out on the subject. We are also far from where we need to be on the subject of distracted driving and I’m anxious to also talk to Larry about this topic as well. Thank you again to all the fans who voted for me and again to Ora TV and Larry King for selecting me to be interviewed.”
King, a 25-year veteran host on CNN of Larry King Live, has transitioned to one-on-one interviews online with the most fascinating newsmakers, celebrities, world leaders and Internet stars. The Stockdale, Ohio native, Veach reached out to King’s producers as part of their “Be Interviewed by the King” contest. As part of his submission, he was to share in 15 seconds or less why King should pick him to be his next interview. As part of the finalist round, Veach was asked to submit a final one-minute video, which also featured Veach’s team owner, Michael Andretti.
King made the announcement on his website of Veach’s upcoming interview with him.
“Hi everybody, Larry King here to announce the winner of the Pick me Larry Contest,” said King. “My producers and I had a great time going through all your videos and hearing your stories and after careful review of each video, taking the fan votes into consideration. We chose Zach Veach as runner-up and I’m looking forward to doing an interview with him on Google Hangout.”
Veach returned for his fourth season with Andretti Autosport this year, moving up with K12 to the Firestone Indy Lights Series for 2013, the final stepping-stone to a future career in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. At the Long Beach 100, Veach scored his best qualifying effort of the season with a third-place starting spot and his best finish this season is fifth at the St. Petersburg 100. Veach will test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thurs., May 2 in preparation for the Firestone Freedom 100 on Coors Light Carb Day on Fri., May 24, 2013.
ORA TV expects to announce the date of Veach’s interview with King in the coming weeks.