Andretti Autosport announced today it has re-signed Zach Veach to drive in the 2011 USF2000 National Championship series. Veach will drive the No. 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.
Veach finished fifth in this year's USF2000 driver championship points, despite starting the season two races behind the rest of the field. Veach's highest finish of the 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.
"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," said Veach. "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."
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. Winterfest kicks off with a two-day, two-race event at Sebring 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.
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.