Mazda Road to Indy veteran will pilot No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship with Andretti Autosport
Starting in 2018, Zach Veach will take the wheel of the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda Indy car as the fourth entry in Andretti Autosport’s Verizon IndyCar Series effort. Veach has raced in every step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with Andretti Autosport, including a career-best Indy Lights championship finish of third in 2014.
The U.S.-based insurance holding company Group One Thousand One will serve as Veach’s primary sponsor, building on the support that Dan Towriss, CEO, gave Veach in his first Indianapolis 500 race, earlier this year.
“We’re proud to continue supporting Zach as he rises to the next level in his racing career with the world-class Andretti Autosport team,” said Dan Towriss, CEO, Group One Thousand One. “We believe sports have the power to transform lives and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Zach as he pursues his passion. On-and-off the track, Zach personifies the values that we hold true as a company. Like him, we believe in our duty to empower people to chase their dreams and to support the communities in most need of empowerment through education and sports.”
The 22-year-old American driver made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut on April 23, 2017, at Barber Motorsport Park and his Indy 500 debut at this year’s 101st Running, that Mr. Towriss helped sponsor.
“I’m extremely excited to share this dream with Group One Thousand One,” Veach added, “as they care for helping others through life as do I. I’m looking forward to working with them and helping inspire all ages to follow their bold dreams like me. I want to thank Dan Towriss, Group One Thousand One, Michael Andretti and the whole team at Andretti Autosport for this opportunity.”
“We are always proud to help bring new partnerships into the Verizon IndyCar Series,”said Michael Andretti, CEO, Andretti Autosport. “Zach has been part of the Andretti family for some time, we’re happy to welcome him back to the team, and happy to welcome Group One Thousand One as well. I have no doubt this partnership will be successful both on and off the track.”
Veach is the final driver confirmed to an all-American, four-car Verizon IndyCar Series field for Andretti as he joins Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) and Marco Andretti (No. 27 Honda). The 2018 season goes green on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 11.