Wednesday, January 9, 2019

AWARDS: Dusting Off the 2016 nifSTAR winner's trophy, And the Winner is...




Zach Veach secured a three year contract to race Indy Cars for former Boss Michael Andretti beginning in 2018. (Image source: autoweek.com)
Yeah, once again, I've neglected unveiling the winner in a timely fashion, having last left Y'all in Stitches with my 2015 selection...


WINNER
Zach Veach , Age: 24
Born: December 9, 1994
Birthplace: Stockdale, Ohio; USA

2016 Results
3rd Overall, Indy Lights

Championships
2011 U.S. F2000 Winter fest, 2012 Formula Car Championship

Thanxs to a 'lil 'Ol Radio Show I used to listen to weekly called Autosport Radio, I was introduced to the driver I enjoy calling Zachery "Moose" Veach, playfully in jest towards his Bulking Up over the years from being a precocious teenager. whom after all, was Hangin' Out with some Celeb' named Oprah when he was 12 if memory serves me correct?

Zach seems to be not only very Affable, but Humble as well, never taking anything for granted, and has also persevered. Showing a tenacity for making his "Dream" happen, i.e.; Fulltime IndyCar Driver.

As I'm feeling like not doing any Heavy lifting here, and pretty sure I've already briefly chronicled Zachery's Junior Open Wheel Racing career in;


Veach has finished third Overall in two separate Indy Lights campaigns with two different entities, i.e.; Andretti autosport, whom he did the bulk of his Feeder Series driving for.

After a year's time away from racing due to injury requiring hand surgery, when Veach further solidified his place upon thou Radar, by doing Colour commentary for what will always be the IMS Radio Network for Mwah, filling in over various Indy Cars Broadcasts. Veach returned to Indy Lights for a second Crack at the $1.0m Mazda Road To Indy prize with Belardi Auto Racing in 2016.

Zach spent the majority of the 2017 IndyCar season on the sidelines, albeit making his series debut as a last minute substitute for the injured J. R. Hildebrand at Barber Motorsports Park and Ed Carpenter Racing, where I think he finished P17, or was it P19?


Veach then contested his Debutante Indy 500 for A.J. Foyt Enterprises, aboard a third Foyt entry before focusing upon landing sponsorship to secure a Fulltime ride in Indy Cars, which we now know he did successfully with his sponsor the 1001 Group. Landing a three year Dealio' with former team boss Mikey A'.

Finishing 15th Overall, in his Rookie season with two Top-5 finishes, with a best result of P4 at thee Oh, so Bootyful' Barbers, nee Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, ironically the first racetrack he'd run in the B-I-G CARZ' a year before...


NIFSTAR WINNERS
2016: Zach Veach
2015: Shawn Rayhall
2014: Jack Harvey
2013: Conor Daly
2012: Tristan Nunez



Inaugural Award Winner
2007: Marcus Wilkinson

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