USF2000 driver Zach Veach has brought together his team, Andretti Autosport, The Michael Andretti Foundation and Racing for Kids to partner with FocusDriven to bring awareness and support to a family who was tragically affected by a distracted driving incident.

The Andretti Autosport fleet is carrying special car decals at the Milwaukee Mile to spread awareness and help raise funds for the family of Xzavier Davis-Bilbo. Six-year-old Xzavier was paralyzed in October 2010 when a driver, who was texting while driving, struck him while he and his sister crossed the street.

USF2000 driver Zach Veach affixes his new decal for Milwaukee

Fans can help Zach ( Twitter @ZachVeach ) and Andretti Autosport (Twitter @FollowAndretti ) raise awareness too. Click here to download an image of the same decal on Zach’s car and share with your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #DriveForFans.

Comment below to leave your messages of support for Zach’s efforts to stop distracted driving and you could win a USF2000 tire autographed by Andretti Autosport drivers. Zach will share your words of support with Xzavier’s family and help select the best comment in support of stopping distracted driving to win this very cool prize.

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Comments

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  1. jw hancock on June 19, 2011 2:26 pm
    jw hancock

    Very classy act Zach.

  2. Amber on June 19, 2011 3:05 pm
    Amber

    Distracted driving is just as bad if not worse than drunk driving. If you need to look at your cell phone while driving pull over to a safe area and finish what needs to be done.

  3. Brandon on June 19, 2011 3:05 pm
    Brandon

    We need only look at Sam Schmidt to see that despite adversity, Xzavier will be able to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to. Good luck in the future, and best wishes from Indianapolis.

    Thank you for this Zach.

  4. dustin on June 19, 2011 3:40 pm
    dustin

    Happy to see that the fight to bring awareness to this issue is gaining ground. Thanks Zach for you’re efforts and best of luck to Xzavier and the many others affected by distracted drivers. Stay the course and anything is possible.

  5. Laurie H on June 19, 2011 3:48 pm
    Laurie H

    Zach, I have heard you talk about this on WZPL (Indy). Elevating this cause is SO important. Kids think they are invincible so having someone your age step up to promote this for Xzavier and other families affected by this is so valuable. Xzavier’s family has a long road ahead of them. We all need to take a look at our own actions and the direct effect is has on others…. for many years. Keep up the great work and the awesome cause, Zach! Pedal to the Medal!

  6. Matthew on June 19, 2011 4:14 pm
    Matthew

    So glad to see someone doing this. Distracted driving is a problem and it needs to be stopped.

  7. Marc on June 19, 2011 11:02 pm
    Marc

    Long live Zach.

  8. Tom on June 20, 2011 8:07 am
    Tom

    Zach I must say you are an asset to IndyCar can’t wait to see you at 500!

  9. ethan donahue on June 20, 2011 9:43 am
    ethan donahue

    Great job. Should be more people like you in racing.

  10. ethan donahue on June 20, 2011 9:44 am
    ethan donahue

    Great job…. Needs to be more like you in the racing world.

  11. Bob McKenzie on June 20, 2011 5:11 pm
    Bob McKenzie

    texting and driving is just not worth it. pull over or wait, nothing is as important as human life/health. Good cause Zach!

  12. Janis Rothermel on June 21, 2011 10:58 am
    Janis Rothermel

    Texting and talking on the phone and other distractions like eating and looking for something while driving are bad habits that need to be broken. I took the Oprah pledge against them (available on http://www.oprah.com), and move over to the side of the road when someone is doing that especially when they are tailgating-lethal. I have a pain-filled back since 1986 since I was rear-ended on the Verrazano Bridge in NYC by a young guy looking on the floor for something. It still hurts every day. Keep working at this!

  13. adam bujalski on June 21, 2011 10:59 am
    adam bujalski

    Great cause and great to see you make a difference at such a young age. Gonna be fun to follow your career and see all the good you do

  14. Erik Steinbrecher on June 21, 2011 12:37 pm
    Erik Steinbrecher

    Any chance to show awareness for texting and driving is a great thing. This needs to be something that is addressed more often and more publicly than it currently is. And I hope that with people like Zach taking steps of their own, the awareness is raised. I applaud anyone who helps push this cause. I plan on forwarding this to everyone I know and doing whatever I can to spread the word and prevent any more families from losing loved ones to such an act of carelessness.

  15. David Lopez on June 21, 2011 6:45 pm
    David Lopez

    Thank you, Zach and God Speed
    David Lopez

  16. Andrea on June 22, 2011 12:19 am
    Andrea

    My cousin was hit head on in her car and has been in ICU since the beginning of April. So sad…

  17. Paul quirke on June 22, 2011 8:09 am
    Paul quirke

    NOTHING is that important that you have to mess with your phone while you drive. Please wait until you get to your destination so you can keep others and yourself safe.

  18. Linda Cox on June 23, 2011 2:29 pm
    Linda Cox

    A wonderful cause. We lose so many good young people to distracted driving. We wouldn’t let our daughters transport other teens in the car when they first learned to drive for that very reason. Keep up the good work.

  19. Bob McKenzie on June 23, 2011 2:31 pm
    Bob McKenzie

    NOTHING is as important as life. Use your phone when you stop in a safe location so you can keep others and yourself alive and healthy.

  20. Andy on June 23, 2011 6:38 pm
    Andy

    The next time you are driving and your phone goes off, before you pick it up to read the text think about if it’s really worth it. One second of distracted driving can lead to a lifetime of recovery. Don’t do it.

  21. Julie Quinn on June 23, 2011 7:06 pm
    Julie Quinn

    As a mother of a young man who will be driving soon, I have shared Xaviers story with him , and he actually shared it with his friends also. All of which have decided to turn off their phone while in the cars, passengers and drivers alike. Hopefully we can keep this trend going. God bless you and yours.

  22. Geo2810 on June 23, 2011 11:55 pm
    Geo2810

    Way to bring awareness to an important topic Zach

    Jay

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