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Zach Veach to Drive for Foyt in Indianapolis 500

AJ Foyt Racing will have three entries for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, with Zach Veach driving a third entry alongside regulars Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz.

“Obviously, we want to win,” Larry Foyt, President of AJ Foyt Racing said. “We feel like we’ve got a guy in Carlos Munoz that has shown he definitely can be there at the end of that race. Conor has some more experience now. We think he’ll be tough. Zach’s got a lot of experience, even in the Lights car around that track.

“So for us, we know Zach’s a rookie. We want to win Rookie of the Year, for sure. But we’ve been running three cars, and we felt like this year at first we weren’t going to do it unless the right opportunity came together. When Zach became available, a great sponsor came up, we’ve been able to line up some good people for the crew and engineering. When that all came together, it was a no-brainer.”

The 22-year-old’s Verizon IndyCar Series debut comes after scoring six victories and six poles in three years of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition, including a top-five points finish last year for Belardi Auto Racing.

“I think for me, this is getting closer to hopefully completing an 18-year-old dream that I’ve had,” Veach said. “I think as any young American driver, you always think about Indianapolis. Of course, you always relate the name A.J. Foyt with Indy. That’s something you strive to be like. To be able to say I’m going to run my first Indianapolis 500 with a team like his, it’s very exciting for me. This has been a goal we’ve been actively working on for 10 years. This will be my 10th anniversary since I started racing.

“We’ve had a lot of luck there in an Indy Lights car. It’s going to be a big transition to get into the Verizon IndyCar Series, one I look forward to and one I think I’m ready for.”

Veach’s No. 40 Chevrolet will be sponsored by the Indy Woman in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim. The No. 40 was chosen as this year marks the 40th anniversary of A.J. Foyt’s record-setting fourth Indianapolis 500 victory.

“I think Zach has the talent and determination it takes to make it in this sport,” the 82-year-old said. “I like his attitude and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

With four holes in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the official LPGA tournament will feature 144 of the LPGA’s top talent in a three-day stroke-play event (Sept. 7 – 9, 2017) vying for a $2 million purse. The  event brings together some of the best golfers while raising funds for the Indy Women in Tech foundation. The foundation, established by Guggenheim, was created to provide awareness and funding for impactful women and tech initiatives, particularly those focused on robotics, STEM days and career transitioning for those re-entering the workforce.

“The Indy Women in Tech foundation, along with AJ Foyt Racing and Zach Veach, is committed to making positive changes to the communities where we work and live. This sponsorship allows us to shine a global spotlight on meaningful robotics and career transition programs that will develop our workforce through education and job training to support Indy’s growing resume for tech innovation,” Daniel Towriss, President and CEO of Guggenheim Life.

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.