Pato O'Ward
Pato  O'Ward
Arrow McLaren SP
5 Chevrolet Mexico Road To Indy Graduate
Patricio O'Ward
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
Race Wins
May 6, 1999
Monterrey, Mexico
Monterrey, Mexico


  • Two-time INDYCAR SERIES winner, who scored his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory in 2021 at Texas Motor Speedway
  • 2020 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
  • 2018 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion
  • Won 16 Road to Indy Races from 2016-2018.
  • 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car champion in the Prototype Challenge class and a class winner at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.


  • Although a native of Mexico, attended high school in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Lists karting, fitness training - especially boxing and weight training - as his hobbies.
  • He loves Eggo waffles and sushi. 


2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 5 1 0 2 2 32 5
2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 16 2 3 9 11 118 15
2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 14 0 1 6 10 204 14
2019 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 7 0 0 0 1 0 7
2018 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total 43 3 4 17 25 354 42
2018 Indy Lights 17 9 9 15 17 367 17
2017 Indy Lights 4 0 0 2 3 0 3
2016 Indy Pro 2000 16 7 5 12 16 233 15
2015 Indy Pro 2000 16 0 0 7 14 0 14

RAF = Running at Finish



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First Start
September 16, 2018 (Sonoma)
First Win
May 2, 2021 (Texas-2)
First Pole
July 12, 2020 (Road America)

NTT IndyCar Series

  • 2021
    • Finished third in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Arrow McLaren SP with wins at Texas-2 and Belle Isle-2.
    • Recorded five podium finishes, nine top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes.
    • Scored NTT P1 Awards at Barber, Belle Isle-1, Indianapolis GP-2
  • 2020
    • Finished fourth in NTT INDYCAR SERIES standings for Arrow McLaren SP with a best finish of second at Road America-2, World Wide Technology Raceway-2 and St. Petersburg.
    • Named Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year after finishing sixth in his first 500.
    • Won first career NTT P1 Award at Road America-2.
  • 2019
    • Competed in seven NTT INDYCAR SERIES events with Carlin Racing.
    • Recorded a best finish of 8th at Circuit of the Americas.
  • 2018
    • Qualified fifth and finished ninth in his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut at Sonoma with Harding Racing.
    • Tested an INDYCAR SERIES car for Harding Racing at Sonoma Raceway.

Patricio's Road To Indy

  • 2018
    • Won the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship for Andretti Autosport with nine wins, nine poles and 13 podium finishes.
  • 2017
    • 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.
    • Competed in four Indy Lights races for Team Pelfrey with a podium at second race at St. Petersburg.
  • 2016
    • Finished second in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires for Team Pelfrey with seven wins, five poles and nine podiums.
    • Won six of the first seven races of the season.
  • 2015
    • Finished sixth in the Pro Mazda Championship for Team Pelfrey with three podiums and seven top-five finishes.
    • Awarded Pro Mazda Spirit Award, given to the driver of team that embodies the “Heart of a Champion."
  • 2014
    • Finished seventh in French Formula 4 despite missing the first two events.
    • Earned 10 top-five finishes, including a win at Paul Ricard.
  • 2013
    • Competed in Formula LATAM F2000 Series in Mexico, the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior Series in Europe and Pacific F2000 Series in the United States, winning a race.
  • 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
Arrow McLaren SP

The name Arrow McLaren SP marks a new chapter as two determined racing entities – McLaren Racing and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – join forces with the combined goal to challenge for INDYCAR championships and race wins. That ambition is shared and supported by title partner, Arrow Electronics.

Sam Schmidt set up a race team just 14 months after suffering serious injuries in a testing accident. As Sam Schmidt Motorsports, the team started out in 2001 with the aim of fighting for wins and championships. There were no shortcuts to success but step-by-step we achieved multiple victories and seven titles at the Indy Lights level.

Following the arrival of Ric Peterson as co-owner in 2013, our development continued at IndyCar level, with seven victories and a further 28 podiums registered since then.

Now we enter the next stage of the journey, as Arrow SPM joins forces with McLaren Racing to form Arrow McLaren SP.

What ties us together is a racer’s spirit and a fierce determination and will to overcome adversity in pursuit of achievement, typified by Sam’s journey and the example of a young Bruce McLaren. In the 1960s, the young New Zealander fearlessly moved from his humble home surroundings to Europe in search of racing success, and duly became the youngest grand prix winner at age 22.

At the heart of Arrow McLaren SP is a shared ambition: to race and to win. For our people, our partners, our fans and for our sport.

That common goal provides the perfect platform for our future as Arrow McLaren SP: the combination of Arrow SPM’s experience and knowledge of modern-day IndyCar racing, strengthened by McLaren Racing’s resources and drive to always move fearlessly forward with Arrow’s technology solutions.

It’s a blend that we have to have in order to achieve our common goals of wins and titles. We come with ambition and humility in equal measure, fully aware of the strength of our opposition, and with total respect for the test the IndyCar Series provides.

And while our people want to overcome those challenges on the track, we also aim to benefit our partners and the whole sport off it. It’s a journey we will embark on with our fans, bringing new ones to the series as we strive to grow not only a racing team but motorsport globally.

Team Website arrowmclarensp.com/