Pato O'Ward
Patricio  O'Ward
Andretti Autosport
27 Mexico
27
Pato O'Ward
rank
1
Career stats
Mazda Road To Indy
Total Poles
13
Race Wins
14
Birthday
May 6, 1999
Hometown
Monterrey, Mexico
Residence
San Antonio, TX

Patricio “Pato” O’Ward arrived on the Mazda Road to Indy scene in 2015 with a poise and realistic outlook not often seen from a driver his age. The Texas resident moved from karts to cars in 2013, racing in a variety of series on different continents. He made the decision to drive formula cars in Europe in 2014 in order to expand his racing horizons - an experience that taught him a great deal and led to the realization that his future lay much closer to home, back in the U.S. with the Mazda Road to Indy.

O’Ward made the jump to cars in 2013, competing in the Formula LATAM F2000 Series in Mexico, the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior series in Europe and earning a victory in the Pacific F2000 series in the U.S. O’Ward then headed to French Formula 4 and finished seventh despite missing the first two events, winning the penultimate race at Circuit Paul Ricard and earning 10 top-five finishes in 15 races. He moved to the Mazda Road to Indy in 2015, finishing a close second to teammate Aaron Telitz in the 2016 Pro Mazda title chase. Switching gears last year, O’Ward and teammate James French took on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and handily won the Prototype Challenge class championship.

Education: Graduate of TMI

Hobbies: Racing, karting, gym/training, boxing, swimming

Racing Goal: To reach the Verizon IndyCar Series and be the youngest champion ever

Racing Hero: Sebastian Vettel

Fitness: Boxing and different types of weight exercises

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2018 Indy Lights 14 7 8 12 14 323 14
2017 Indy Lights 4 0 0 2 3 0 3
2016 Pro Mazda 16 7 5 12 16 233 15
2015 Pro Mazda 16 0 0 7 14 0 14

RAF = Running at Finish

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First Start
March 28, 2015 (St. Petersburg)
First Win
March 12, 2016 (St. Petersburg)
First Pole
March 12, 2016 (St. Petersburg)

Pato's Road To Indy

  • 2017
    • Competed in the first four Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races of the season with a podium in the second event at St. Petersburg, Fla.
    • Won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge class with co-driver James French in dominant fashion, with seven victories in eight races including the Rolex 24 at Daytona
    • Posted the fastest race lap in all eight events
  • 2016
    • Finished second in a hard-fought Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season
    • Claimed six victories in the first seven races and ended the season with seven wins, five poles and a total of nine podium finishes.
  • 2015
    • Awarded the Replay XD Move of the Race at Mid-Ohio and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where is also earned the Quarter Master Hard Charger Award.
    • Finished sixth in his rookie season in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with three consecutive mid-season podiums and a total of seven top-five drives
    • Earned the Pro Mazda “Spirit Award” given to the driver or team that embodies the “heart of a champion” as they aspire to reach their goals
  • 2014
    • Finished seventh in the French Formula 4 series despite missing the first two events
    • Won the penultimate race at Circuit Paul Ricard
    • Earned 10 top-five finishes in 15 races
  • 2013
    • Competed in the Formula LATAM F2000 Series in Mexico, the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior series in Europe and earned one victory in the Pacific F2000 series in the U.S.
  • 2012
    • Won the SKUSA Supernationals and Summernational S5 Junior Shifter Championship
    • Won the Stock Moto Junior S4 class in the Texas Pro Kart Challenge while finishing second in the Rotax Junior class
  • 2011
    • Finished second in the Rotax MiniMax Florida Tour
    • Finished second in the SKUSA Supernationals TaG Cadet class
  • 2010
    • Won the SKUSA Supernationals TaG Cadet class
    • Finished fourth in the ROK Cup International in Lonato, Italy
  • 2009
    • Finished second in the Mexican Rotax Grand National MiniMax championship and the U.S. Rotax Grand National MiniMax class
  • 2008
    • Won the US Rotax Grand National MicroMax championship
  • 2007
    • Won the Mexican Easykart 60cc National championship
Andretti Autosport

Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

The company boasts four Verizon IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013), one USF2000 championship (2010), claimed victory at the 2016 Freedom 100 (Indy Lights) and has won the Indianapolis 500 five times (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016 and 2017).

Michael Andretti competed for 19 years in CART before moving to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2003. He retired from full-time driving following the 2003 Indianapolis 500 to concentrate on team ownership and drove for the final time in the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

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