Welcome to my blog!

My name is Zach Veach. I like to consider myself a techie, but my profession is racing (in addition to being a high-school Junior!). I race for Andretti Autosport in INDYCAR’s “Mazda Road to Indy” developmental ladder system. Currently I am in between the USF2000 National Championship Series and the Star Mazda Championships Series on my way to the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 in just a few years. At only 16-years-old, I am currently one of the youngest licensed race car drivers in the country. This season I finished fourth in points, finishing in the top-10 in all my races. It has been quite a ride for me over the past several years. With my ambition and hard work, I hope to race in the Indianapolis 500 sooner rather than later. Racing is my passion, but I’ve always also had a significant interest in technology.

Earlier this year, I created an app for the Android Market called urTXT as a part of my effort to stop distracted driving. When a person is driving, they can set the app to respond to any texts during the drive. Similar to an away message, when the driver receives a text, the app automatically sends back a message that has been selected or created, stating that the recipient is driving and will return the text later. I got a lot of great feedback on urTXT (currently only available on the Android Market) and I’m now in the phases working on a complete makeover for it. Being my first app, I decided maybe with a lot of hard work my calling could go beyond racing. Maybe I’ve got something here with technology. Not long after, I established my app building company, ZaAPP, LLC.

Racing is my life, so finding out that NASCAR sponsor Sprint will be carrying the iPhone by the end of the year was very exciting for me. It’s just so incredible to see the progression that the iPhone has taken in this country. It started off so exclusively with AT&T and has since been the number one single model smartphone in the world. Once it makes the jump to Sprint next month, all three major mobile carriers in the United States will offer it. I’d say that’s a pretty big deal. Now, though I am not a Sprint customer myself, I have enough respect for the brand to know that with its unlimited data plan (rivaling Verizon and AT&T’s limited plan), it is going to be significant hit in this third sector. If you don’t have a smartphone, now is the time to choose iPhone! Between the three carriers, there are so many options to choose from.

With my hectic traveling schedule with racing, I had to switch to K12 online school, and I can’t begin to say how many tests I have taken on my iPhone; I have even wrote a report about America Literature from the keypad of my iPhone while I waited for a flight in a airport. The iPhone revolution has changed the way people work while on the go…and play; who doesn’t love Angry Birds?! We all owe Steve Jobs a big thank you!

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Zach "Ziggy" Veach is a 16-year-old autoracing driver who
competes in INDYCAR's 'Mazda Road to Indy' USF2000 National
Championship Series, an important open-wheel stepping-stone to a
career in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. In 2011,
Veach captured the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship, on
the heels of placing fifth in the 2010 season, despite missing two
race events. In 2010, Michael Andretti signed Veach to his team,
Andretti Autosport, while also being named one of CNN's "Intriguing
People," nominated for Sports Illustrated "Sports Kid of the Year"
award and being named a NEXT athlete by ESPN The Magazine in
mid-2011. In addition to his racing, Veach is an advocate for safer
driving in conjunction with Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone," and is
the national spokesperson for FocusDriven, an advocacy group for
victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using their cell
phones. In 2010, Veach released his first published Android
application through his phone-app building company, ZaAPP, releasing
urTXT, in the Marketplace for Android to help consumers avoid
dangerous text messaging while driving and helms his own safe driving
program, Ziggy's Safe Driving, which hits DMA markets across the
country each year. Veach has been a guest or profiled on a variety of
national platforms including NBC's The Today Show, CNN's Headline
News, ABCNews.com, Oprah Radio's The Gayle King Show, The Los Angeles
Times, AOL.com Mashable.com and is a blogger for RACER magazine. The
son of a national truck and tractor-pulling champion, Veach enters
his junior year of high school this fall and released his first book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, in March 2011. For more information, please visit www.ZachVeach.com.