Veach to Compete in 2011 USF2000 Series with Andretti Autosport
Andretti Autosport announced today it has re-signed Zach Veach to drive in the 2011 USF2000 National Championship series. Veach will pilot the #7 Team Zakosi Data Backup car for the 12 USF2000 events.
The 2011 season begins March 17 in Sebring, Fla. and continues in St. Petersburg, Fla., Indianapolis, Ind., Milwaukee, Wis., Lexington, Ohio, Elkhart Lake, Wis., and Baltimore Md. Throughout the season, the series will support the IZOD IndyCar Series, USAC Midgets, and American Le Mans Series.
As preparation for the 2011 season, Veach will also return to the track with Andretti Autosport in January to compete in the Cooper Tires Winterfest, a special five-race series in Florida organized by the USF2000 series.
Veach finished fifth in the overall 2010 USF2000 driver championship points, despite starting the season two races behind the rest of the field. Veach's highest finish of the 2010 season came during his first race at Road Atlanta, where he finished second. He secured eight top-five finishes throughout the season, helping Andretti Autosport clinch the team championship title.
Winterfest kicks off with a two-day, two-race event at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. on Jan. 3 and 4. The series continues with three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Jan. 12 and 13 in Homestead, Fla.
Away from the track, Veach heads up a teen safe driving campaign and plans to release a book, "99 Things Teens Wish They knew Before Turning 16," in early 2011.
Zakosi Data Backup, sponsor for the #7 car, offers fast, affordable, secure, managed and unmanaged online data backup to small to medium-sized businesses. In addition to Zakosi, Retail Pro, ArtRotondo.com, ADS IT Solutions, Arai Helmets and OMP Racing are also partners on the #7 effort.
Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the USF2000 National Championship, presented by Cooper Racing Tires and powered by Mazda, is one of two series part of both INDYCAR's Road to Indy ladder system and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver program.
For more information, please visit www.AndrettiAutosport.com or www.USF2000.com.
J-F THORMANN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:
"I'm really happy to be working with Zach again in the USF2000 series. Since coming on board with the team earlier this year, he has shown a lot of maturity and growth in his driving skills. We look forward to working with him for another successful season."
ZACH VEACH, DRIVER:
"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with this great team and be a part of the 'Road to Indy' program again next year. I can't describe what an honor it is to be calling Andretti Autosport home again in 2011. The team did an outstanding job in USF2000 this past year and it was a great learning platform for me. I plan to maximize what I've gained from 2010 during the Winterfest, and hopefully carry that momentum into the 2011 season. I want to thank Michael Andretti for giving me an opportunity of a lifetime again."