Andretti #12 K12
December 9, 1994
With his Dad, Step-Mom, and Step-Brother
Name of Team and Car Number: Andretti #12 K12
Born: December 9, 1994
Resides: Stockdale, Ohio with his Dad, Step-Mom, and Step-brother
Profession: High School Senior
Career: Race Car Driver/Athlete
Education: 12th-grade student with K-12, an online school program.
Personal: 18-year-old Zach "Ziggy" Veach is a race car driver for Andretti Autosport in INDYCAR's "Mazda Road to Indy" developmental ladder system in the Firestone Indylights Championship Series, an important open-wheel stepping stone to a career in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500.
In 2012, Veach won the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear Winter Series championship, using four race wins and four pole positions to capture the title. In 2011, Veach won the USF2000 Winterfest Championship and was voted the "Most Popular Driver in USF2000," on the heels of being named by ESPN The Magazine as a NEXT athlete in the motorsports space as well as a semi-finalist for Sports Illustrated "Sports Kid of the Year" award in 2010.
In just 19 months, Veach had gone from go-karts to the cockpit of an open-wheel Formula BMW machine. Near the end of 2009, while testing a BMW, Veach continued to turn heads, landing a spot to compete in the 2010 Atlantics Championship Series, just months before it seized operations. Michael Andretti then handpicked the teen racer for a coveted spot on one of the most successful American open-wheel teams, Andretti Autosport, beginning with the 2010 season.
During his first semi-pro season in 2010, Veach finished fifth in the overall USF2000 driver championship points, despite starting the season two races behind the rest of the field yet also helped his team secure the team championship title. In 2011, he finished fourth in his first full season in the USF2000 National Championship series in which he again helped his team secure the team championship title for the second consecutive year with one win, five podiums and three pole positions.
In addition to his racing, Veach is leveraging his youth and unusual occupation as a platform to expose fellow drivers to the dangers associated with driving while distracted. He is the developer of urTXT, an Android application that aims to fight texting behind the wheel, developed through his phone-app building company, ZaAPP. He has also campaigned for safer driving in conjunction with Oprah WInfrey's "No Phone Zone" and is the national spokesperson for FocusDriven, an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using their cell phones, in partnership with the Department of Transportation.
Zach is also an advocate and judge in the Cyber Safety Academy's "No Bull Challenge" along with Dr. Oz and his daughter Zoe Oz campaigning against bullying. The 5'2 teen has also fought on Capital Hill in Washington as part of the Public Health Association's work to secure additional funding in schools to combat bullying.
In late 2011, Zach was added as an ambassador for "Pencils of Promise" alongside One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush and musician Justin Bieber in a Youth-Helping-Youth movement to build and provide schooling to 75 million kids who don't have access to even a pre-school education.
The Ohio native appears a normal teenager when spending time at home. He can be found indulging in homework, remote control racecars, playing with friends, or training his Bernese Mountain Dog, Indy. However, daily activities also include training on a high-end racing simulator, as well as a cardio and strength training regimen.
Having released his first book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, in 2011, Zach also entered his Junior year of High School this past Fall.
Racing goal: To become an IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 professional race car driver
Sponsors: K12, ADS IT Solutions, The Young Marines, Zakosi Data Backup, Replay XD, Mazda, Firestone, Arai Helmets, OMP