Zach Veach has entered the Indianapolis 500 with A.J. Foyt.
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will serve as the IndyCar debut for the 22-year-old Ohio native. He will drive the No. 40 with financial backing from the Indy Women in Tech Championship — the LPGA tournament scheduled for September at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield golf course.
His car number pays homage to Foyt’s fourth Indy 500 triumph back in 1977. Veach joins Carlos Muñoz and Conor Daly at the Texas-based organization.
Veach has six wins and six poles in three Indy Light seasons and was the third-place finisher in 2016.
“As any young American driver, you always think about Indianapolis and of course you always relate the name A.J. Foyt with Indy,” Veach said. “That’s something that’s been driving me. To be able to say I’m going to run my first Indianapolis 500 with a team like this, it’s very exciting for me and a goal I’ve been actively working on for 10 years.”
Foyt has already started to preach patience to his latest protégé.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned through the years is to win that race, you’ve got to be there at the end of the day,” Foyt said. “I told Zach, ‘Don’t worry about the first part, just worry about the last part. If you’re there at the end of the day, you’ll be there.'”