Veach to make Indy 500 debut in 2017 with AJ Foyt Racing


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Zach Veach will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in this year’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 after joining AJ Foyt Racing.

The twenty-two Ohio-born racer will race the #40 Chevrolet alongside full time drivers Carlos Muñoz and Conor Daly, and will be primary sponsored by the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim, a LPGA tournament that will take place at Indianapolis’ Brickyard Crossing Golf Course between 4th and 9th of September.

Veach is delighted that his dream to race in IndyCar is to be fulfilled in the grandest race of them all, and cannot wait to get out on the famed 2.5-mile oval next month.

“To compete in the Indianapolis 500 is a dream I’ve had since I was four years old, so when the opportunity came about to join AJ Foyt Racing with the support of the IWiT Championship and Guggenheim, I was ecstatic,” said six-time Indy Lights race winner Veach.

“A lot of great people helped me to follow my dream, so I’m thrilled to be part of this program that strives to advance career opportunities for women in the field of science and technology.

“Coming to Indy with A.J. Foyt’s team is very special to me. I am counting the days to when I can take my first laps in the IWiT Championship Chevrolet around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at speed!”

AJ Foyt Racing president Larry Foyt believes the line-up for the Indy 500 is extremely strong with the addition of Veach alongside the two regular drivers, and feels the American is deserving of the opportunity to step up into an IndyCar.

“We are happy to have another great entry for the 101st Indianapolis 500,” said Foyt. “Zach Veach is one of those drivers who has proven he deserves the opportunity by winning through the Mazda Road to Indy series, and he has put in massive effort to get to this level.

“The IWiT Championship is a great event for the Indianapolis community, and we are proud to help promote this event and welcome the LPGA back to Indianapolis.”