Spanish Grand Prix – Red Bull have added IndyCar racer Patricio O’Ward to their Junior Driver Programme.
Red Bull’s Junior driver programme has been expanded for the remainder of 2019. With ten drivers already signed, they have added young Mexican racer Patricio O’Ward to their roster.
Making his debut at the final round of last year’s IndyCar season with Harding Racing after winning the Indy Lights Championship, he has been a very promising rookie with Carlin although results are yet to go his way. He lies P17 in the championship with a best result of P8 at COTA.
Intriguingly, the Mexican does have enough points accumulated to get an F1 Superlicence immediately, thanks to winning several championships including the Weathertech Sportscar Championship & North American Endurance Cup in 2017.
Set to take part in the Indy 500 later this month, he will race in the IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indy road course this weekend, and he is naturally enthused about his signing to the prominent Red Bull programme.
“This is a great opportunity for me, naturally every racing driver has their eye on F1 and would give anything to be World Champion so to join the Red Bull Junior Team that has provided that F1 possibility to so many drivers is fantastic for me.”
“I’m thrilled to be contesting the IndyCar series with Carlin, apart from the Indianapolis 500 we are prioritising the road course so Indy is the only oval I am doing.”
“We’ve already had success especially considering the fact that I am a Rookie and Carlin are in their second IndyCar season. You can’t get away from the fact that we don’t have the 25 years of experience that the major established teams have so any time you are running in the top ten and giving them a hard time you are doing a good job.”
“We plan to carry on doing that starting with this weekend at Indy. It’s the road course and it’s a track I go well at, I’ve had success there so I am very much looking forward to it.”