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Patricio O'Ward
Pato O'Ward
Pato O'Ward at Road America in 2021.png
O'Ward at Road America in 2021
NationalityMexico Mexican
BornPatricio O'Ward Junco
(1999-05-06) 6 May 1999 (age 22)
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
IndyCar Series career
37 races run over 4 years
Team(s)No. 5 (Arrow McLaren SP)
Best finish4th (2020 IndyCar Series)
First race2018 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Sonoma)
Last race2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (Laguna Seca)
First win2021 XPEL 375 (Texas)
Last win2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 (Detroit)
Wins Podiums Poles
2 9 4
Statistics current as of May 3, 2021
Previous series
2019
2017-18
2017

2016
2016
2015-16
2015-16
2014
2013
2013
2013
Super Formula
Indy Lights
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Pro Mazda Championship
IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites - L1
NACAM Formula 4 Championship
Pro Mazda Championship
French F4 Championship
Latam Fórmula 2000
Formula Renault 1.6 NEC
Pacific Formula F2000
Championship titles
2018
2017
Indy Lights
WTSC PC
Awards
2020Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
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Patricio "Pato" O'Ward Junco (born 6 May 1999) is a Mexican professional auto racing driver who competes full-time in the IndyCar Series, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Arrow McLaren SP. He is the 2018 Indy Lights champion.

Junior and sports car career

O'Ward exiting the pits during qualifying at Sonoma in 2018, where he qualified fifth in his IndyCar debut

Born to Patricio O'Ward and Elba Junco in Monterrey, Mexico, he attended school in San Antonio, Texas.[1] He is of Irish descent.[2] He began his racing career in karting at the end of 2005 and remained in karting until 2012. During 2013, he competed in open-wheel racing, in Latam Fórmula 2000, Formula Renault 1.6 NEC and Pacific Formula F2000. In 2014, O'Ward competed in French F4 Championship.

In 2015, O'Ward débuted in the Pro Mazda Championship with Team Pelfrey. Once again in 2016, O'Ward competed in the Pro Mazda Championship with Team Pelfrey. In 2017, O'Ward competed in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Performance Tech Motorsports in the PC class. O'Ward and his co-drivers won the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the PC class, making him the youngest driver ever to win both races at 17 years old. O'Ward and his team went on to win the 2017 Championship and North American Endurance Cup (NAEC)

In 2018, O'Ward signed with Andretti Autosport to compete in the Indy Lights Championship. He won nine of the 17 races, was named Rookie of the Year and easily captured the drivers championship.

In May 2019, O'Ward was signed to the Red Bull Junior Team and the following month, was placed on a one-event deal to compete at the Red Bull Ring Formula 2 round, substituting for the banned Mahaveer Raghunathan, and was announced as Dan Ticktum's replacement in the Super Formula Championship.[3][4][5]

Due to a decision by the FIA to award fewer Superlicense points for O'Ward's Indy Lights Series championship, O'Ward would be unable to attain the required points to be able to race Formula One in 2020, and thus would not be retained by Red Bull past 2019. With IndyCar series rides available, Dr. Helmut Marko granted O'Ward an early release from his contract after three Super Formula rounds.[6]

IndyCar Series

2018

Two weeks after clinching the Indy Lights title, O'Ward made his IndyCar Series debut at Sonoma Raceway in a second Harding Racing entry, where he qualified fifth and finished ninth. This ties him with David Martínez for the best finish on debut by a Mexican driver in American open-wheel racing.[7]

2019

For 2019, O'Ward was scheduled to move up to the IndyCar Series full-time, piloting the #8 entry for Harding Steinbrenner Racing.[8] However, sponsorship issues led to O'Ward being granted his release from the team on February 11, 2019.[9]

On March 7, O'Ward joined Carlin on a part-time deal that will see him drive in 13 races in the 2019 IndyCar season. O'Ward will drive Carlin's second entry for 12 races and will also drive Carlin's third entry for the Indianapolis 500.[10] O'Ward failed to qualify for the Indy 500 along with Carlin teammate Max Chilton and the Carlin-prepared car of McLaren Racing's Fernando Alonso. O'Wards Red Bull deal signed in the Month of May also saw him only compete in 8 of the 13 events he originally signed for. He would be credited with 26th in the final points standings, with the best finish of 8th, at Circuit of the Americas.

On October 30, it was announced that O'Ward had returned to IndyCar by signing a deal with Arrow McLaren SP for the 2020 season.[11]

2020

O'Ward would have a strong start to 2020, posting finishes of 2nd at Road America race II, and 4th at Iowa race I. He held 4th in the overall points standings heading into the Indy 500 (held in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic). O'Ward would go on to finish 6th in his first Indianapolis 500 start and won the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award for his performance.[12] He followed that up with consecutive podium finishes in the doubleheader at World Wide Technology Raceway.[13]

O'Ward held as high as 3rd in the standings before finishes of 9th and 11th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and 22nd at Harvest GP race I dropped him to 5th. After signing a new deal with AMSP,[14] He finished 2nd in the season finale at St. Petersburg and take 4th in the final championship standings.[]

2021

O'Ward has continued racing at AMSP the next season, partnering Felix Rosenqvist. O'Ward continued his progression as a driver and emerged as a title contender in 2021. He started the season off by earning his first ever pole position at the season opener at Barber.[15] O'Ward took his first podium of the season with a third place finish in the first race at Texas Motor Speedway and took his maiden IndyCar victory in the second race the following day.[16][17] He became the first Mexican driver to win an IndyCar race since Adrian Fernandez did so in 2004 and the first Chevrolet driver not from Team Penske to win a race since 2016.

After taking his first win O'Ward would never fall lower than third in the championship standings, and after the 105th Indianapolis 500 only he and Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing would hold the points lead in the championship for the rest of the season. O'Ward would overtake Palou for the points lead by a single point after a strong weekend in Detroit, where he secured his second career pole position and a third place finish in the first race and picked up his first IndyCar win on a street course at the second race.[18][19][20] Palou took the points lead back after podium finishes at Road America and Mid Ohio, while O'Ward would havce top ten finishes in both races to keep himself within striking distance of Palou.[21][22] O'Ward then took the championship lead back by ten points lead after taking his third career pole position on the series second round at the IMS Road Course and taking a second place overall finish at the final oval race of the season at Gateway while Palou retired from both races.[23][24] With his second place finish at Gateway O'Ward would clinch his first IndyCar track discipline championship by winning the A.J. Foyt Ovals Cup as the series highest scoring driver on oval courses for 2021.

O'Ward later ceded the points lead to Palou after Palou won at Portland but kept himself in second place in the championship by finishing fifth at Laguna Seca, setting up a title deciding showdown with his rival at the season finale on The Streets of Long Beach.[25][26] O'Ward's odds to win the championship however were considered to be slim; to win the Astor Cup O'Ward would have to earn the pole position bonus point and win the race while hoping that Palou would finish no better than eleventh or crash out of the race.

Formula One

Before the 2021 IndyCar Series season started McLaren boss Zak Brown promised O'Ward that he would get a test of the current McLaren Formula One car if he could win at least one IndyCar race.[27] O'Ward held up his end of the deal with McLaren after winning the XPEL 375 and Brown subsequently confirmed O'Ward would get the promised F1 test.[28] He will test the car as part of a tire compound test by F1 tire supplier Pirelli at the end of the season in Abu Dhabi. Despite speculation that the test could lead to O'Ward moving up to Formula 1 upon a strong performance Brown dismissed those rumors by confirming O'Ward would be back with McLaren in IndyCar for the 2022 season following McLaren's purchase of 75% ownership stake in Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.[29]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2013 Pacific Formula F2000 Dave Freitas Racing 5 4 2 5 5 165 5th
Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Provily Racing 6 0 0 0 0 117 7th
Latam Fórmula 2000 Paradise Racing 6 0 0 0 0 44 12th
2014 French F4 Championship Auto Sport Academy 15 1 0 0 2 143 7th
2015 Pro Mazda Championship Team Pelfrey 16 0 0 1 3 250 6th
2015-16 NACAM Formula 4 Championship Martiga EG 12 6 2 5 11 247 3rd
2016 Pro Mazda Championship Team Pelfrey 16 7 5 8 9 393 2nd
Mazda Prototype Lites Performance Tech Motorsports 2 0 0 0 1 32 16th
2017 Indy Lights Team Pelfrey 4 0 0 0 1 58 15th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - PC Performance Tech Motorsports 8 7 0 8 8 283 1st
North American Endurance Cup - PC 4 3 0 4 4 56 1st
2018 Indy Lights Andretti Autosport 17 9 9 4 13 491 1st
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Performance Tech Motorsports 2 0 0 0 0 41 41st
IndyCar Series Harding Racing 1 0 0 0 0 44 31st
2019 IndyCar Series Carlin 7 0 0 1 0 115 26th
Super Formula Team Mugen 3 0 0 0 0 3 18th
FIA Formula 2 Championship MP Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 26th
2020 IndyCar Series Arrow McLaren SP 14 0 1 1 4 416 4th
2021 IndyCar Series Arrow McLaren SP 13 2 3 1 5 452 2nd

* Season still in progress.

American open-wheel racing results

Pro Mazda Championship

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2015 Team Pelfrey STP
4
STP
14
LOU
4
LOU
C
BAR
5
BAR
7
IMS
6
IMS
10
IMS
5
LOR
7
TOR
2
TOR
3
IOW
3
MOH
7
MOH
6
LAG
18
LAG
6
6th 250
2016 Team Pelfrey STP
1
STP
2
BAR
1
BAR
1
IMS
1
IMS
1
LOR
1
ROA
4
ROA
4
TOR
9
TOR
2
MOH
7
MOH
4
LAG
1
LAG
10
LAG
6
2nd 393

Indy Lights

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2017 Team Pelfrey STP
5
STP
3
ALA
8
ALA
15
IMS IMS INDY ROA ROA IOW TOR TOR MDO MDO GMP WGL 15th 58
2018 Andretti Autosport STP
1
STP
7
ALA
1
ALA
1
IMS
4
IMS
7
INDY
2
RDA
2
RDA
4
IOW
1
TOR
1
TOR
2
MDO
1
MDO
1
GTW
3
POR
1
POR
1
1st 491

IndyCar Series

(key)

Year Team Chassis No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2018 Harding Racing Dallara DW12 8 Chevrolet STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET DET TXS RDA IOW TOR MDO POC GTW POR SNM
9
31st 44
2019 Carlin 31 STP COA
8
ALA
16
LBH
12
IMS
19
INDY
DNQ
DET
14
DET
11
TXS
RDA
17
TOR
IOW
MDO
POC
GTW
POR
LAG
26th 115
2020 Arrow McLaren SP 5 TXS
12
IMS
8
ROA
8
ROA
2
IOW
4
IOW
12
INDY
6
GTW
3
GTW
2
MDO
11
MDO
9
IMS
22
IMS
5
STP
2
4th 416
2021 ALA
4
STP
19
TXS
3
TXS
1
IMS
15
INDY
4
DET
3
DET
1
ROA
9
MDO
8
NSH
13
IMS
5
GTW
2
POR
14
LAG
5
LBH
2nd* 482*

* Season still in progress.

Indianapolis 500

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2017 Performance Tech Motorsports PC Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8 DAY
1
SEB
1
COA
1
DET
1
WAT
1
MOS
1
ELK
1
PET
3
1st 283
2018 Performance Tech Motorsports P Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
8
SEB
13
LBH MDO DET WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 41st 41

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2019 MP Motorsport BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
BAK
FEA
BAK
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
LEC
FEA
LEC
SPR
RBR
FEA

19
RBR
SPR

14
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SOC
FEA
SOC
SPR
YMC
FEA
YMC
SPR
26th 0

Complete Super Formula results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DC Points
2019 Team Mugen SUZ AUT SUG FUJ
14
MOT
14
OKA
6
SUZ 18th 3

References

  1. ^ Profile at Indycar.com
  2. ^ "The Week In IndyCar, Jan. 16, with Pato O'Ward". RACER. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "Patricio O'Ward joins Red Bull Junior Team for IndyCar campaign". 9 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Red Bull junior O'Ward set for F2 debut this weekend". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Benyon, Jack (30 June 2019). "O'Ward takes over Ticktum's Super Formula seat at Team Mugen". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "O'Ward splits with Red Bull - and enters the McLaren IndyCar frame". 18 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Famous Racecar Drivers From Mexico: #3 David Martínez". Ranker.com. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Harding Steinbrenner Racing formed to field two cars in 2019 IndyCar Series". IndyCar.com.
  9. ^ "O'Ward confirms split with HSR". Racer. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "O'Ward joins Carlin for 13 races in 2019". IndyCar.com. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Arrow McLaren SP confirms O'Ward, Askew for 2020 season". IndyCar. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "O'Ward Secures Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Honors". Arrow McLaren SP. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "Bommarito Automotive Group Race 2-Race Report". Arrow McLaren SP. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
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  28. ^ Collantine, Keith (3 May 2021). "O'Ward takes first Indycar win and F1 test chance". racefans.net. Retrieved 2021.
  29. ^ https://racer.com/2021/08/08/mclaren-takes-majority-stake-in-arrow-mclaren-sp/

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alex Popow
Renger van der Zande
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
PC Champion

2017
With: James French
Succeeded by
None
(Class discontinued)
Preceded by
Tom Kimber-Smith
José Gutiérrez
Robert Alon
North American Endurance Cup
PC Champion

2017
With: James French & Kyle Masson
Succeeded by
None
(Class discontinued)
Preceded by
Kyle Kaiser
Indy Lights
Champion

2018
Succeeded by
Oliver Askew
Preceded by
Santino Ferrucci
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

2020
Succeeded by
Scott McLaughlin


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