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Larry King Tells Zach Veach In Exclusive Interview, He's Betting On Him
Posted by: newsla on Jun 27, 2013 - 10:50 AM
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Larry King Tells Zach Veach In Exclusive Interview, He's Betting On Him

18-year-old Firestone Indy Lights driver Zach Veach, has a new fan in his corner, legendary television and radio host Larry King. The veteran host interviewed the Andretti Autosport driver for a new episode of Larry King Now, which aired on June 26, 2013. Veach was selected to be interviewed by King as part of a viewer-submitted 'Pick me Larry' contest for which Veach was the runner-up.


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"I can't understand why you were runner-up," King told Veach during the interview which was released on Hulu and Ora.tv Wednesday. "To have [Michael] Andretti introduce you, that is pretty great. I have no idea who the winner is; the winner better be from outer space. You're an amazing kid. If I'm going to bet on anyone, I'm going to be on you."

Veach completed the interview with King last month while Veach was at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway preparing for the Firestone Freedom 100.

During Veach's interview with King, the two talked about many things, including his racing career.

"I was always drawn to open-wheel racing; it was a passion I had growing up," Veach told King.

His passion has paid off. In 2013, Veach entered his fourth season with Andretti Autosport moving up to Firestone Indy Lights, where he has three top-five finishes including a runner-up starting spot at The Milwaukee Mile, his career-best Indy Lights starting position. He also led his first career laps in the series at 'The Mile', before finishing third, his first career Indy lights podium result.

In 2012, he won the Formula Car Challenge Winter Series championship, his second straight winter series title. Additionally, he was listed among CNN's "Intriguing People" in 2010, named by ESPN The Magazine as NEXT in motorsports in 2011 and a "Face in the Crowd" by Sports Illustrated in 2012.

All this while still completing his high school education.

"I've been completing my high school education online, on the computer," said Veach during the interview, who has since received his high school diploma. "I go to K12 online schools. That allows me to travel across the country and follow my dream because the schooling schedule fits what I need."

The interview wasn't all business either.

"What is your association with Danica Patrick," asked King.

"Danica and I were actually teammates at Andretti Autosport in 2010 and 2011 and being that I'm a teenager, I always had a crush on her...as well, we were really good friends," said Veach.

"She's divorced now, you still interested," Continued King.

"Maybe! We'll talk about that later for sure," Veach shot back.

King, the 25-year veteran host on CNN of Larry King Live, transitioned to one-on-one interviews through Hulu, an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows through a joint venture of NBC Universal Television Group, Fox Broadcasting Company, and the Disney-ABC Television Group. King left Veach with a passing thought to close out the interview.

"We're rooting for you," said King.

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