AJ Foyt Racing will once again have three cars in the Indianapolis 500.
The team announced today that Zach Veach will drive the No. 40 Chevrolet for the team in the 101st Running of the race next month. The car is being sponsored by the Indy Women in Tech Championship, presented by Guggenheim. The IWiT Championship will debut at the IMS Brickyard Crossing Golf Course September 4 – 9.
Veach has been successful throughout his career, which began with go-karts at age 12. At age 15, he advanced to single-seater competition driving for the Andretti Autosport team in the Road to Indy ladder series, which included stints in US Formula 2000 and Star Mazda. As an 18-year-old, he moved into the Indy Lights Series, the feeder series to the Verizon IndyCar Series, and claimed six victories and six pole positions in three seasons.
“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 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.”
Veach joins current full-time series drivers Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly.
Larry Foyt, President of AJ Foyt Racing, is excited to welcome Veach to the team. “We are happy to have another great entry for the 101st Indianapolis 500. 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.”
This year marks AJ Foyt’s 60th straight Indianapolis 500 as a participant, and is the 40th anniversary of his fourth Indy 500 victory. That is why the team selected No. 40 for the car. AJ is eager to seeing what Veach can do next month. “I think Zach has the talent and determination it takes to make it in this sport,” he said. “I like his attitude and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Veach said he is “counting the days” to when he can take his first laps around the Speedway. That will come on May 15, when Indy 500 practice (and Rookie Orientation Program) begins.