Veach confident about 2017 Indy 500 ride chances


Zach Veach tested with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2016, but is aiming for a race seat in the 2017 Indy 500 - Credit: Mike Finnegan / IndyCar

Having tested with Ed Carpenter Racing during the post-season test at Somona Raceway at the end of 2016, Zach Veach is on course to make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut during this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Although nothing has yet been signed, the twenty-two-year-old is continuing to find a seat in the race, with Veach remaining both confident and patient in his quest to join the series for the first time, and he has been linked with drives at ECR as well as AJ Foyt Racing and Andretti Autosport.

Veach is hoping to get the opportunity to show what he can do on track in order to fulfil his ambition in racing in IndyCar full-time, and he knows a strong drive at Indianapolis would go a long way in doing just that.

“Team prospects are high; we’re speaking with a couple of great organizations and I’m positive something good will happen,” said Veach to RACER. “It always comes down to funding, and we’ve been working on putting the sponsors together for quite some time to bring everything together to do the Indy 500. We’re constantly beating on doors to make progress.

“With the way things are going right now, the deadline to lock everything down is the beginning of May. Our focus right now is to get into the 101st Indy 500, and we’re not ruling out some one-offs.

“I want to be in the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time, and the best way to get there is to be on the track showing the teams what you can do. I’m not going to get hired by just talking about it; making it happen by getting in a car to race is the first step of many steps in how the process works.”