Sunday, October 09, 2011

"Rebel with a Cause"

At the age of 16, Zach Veach (you can also find him on Twitter and Facebook) has probably spent more time behind the wheel of a car than most of us will in our entire lives. But when he's not racing for Andretti Autosport or writing his own book (99 Things Teens Wish They Knew Before Turning 16 came out this spring), he's a fan of tech toys, just like anyone else.

But being a pro racer isn't all fun and games for Veach. As part of Oprah Winfrey's No Phone Zone initiative, he's been outspoken on the topic of distracted driving — when people are trying to drive while keeping up with text messages, email, and the rest of the information our smartphones offer us. He's even released an app called urTXT on the Android Market to help drivers ignore text messages and focus on the road.

Zach Veach, right, with Indy car driver Takuma Soto.

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