INDIANAPOLIS — The wait is over. Arrow McLaren SP has extended its agreement with Pato O’Ward through the end of 2025, the team confirmed today. Pato joined Arrow McLaren SP in 2020 and extending the 23-year-old driver underpins the team’s ambition to consistently challenge for race wins, championships and Indianapolis 500 victories.
“I am incredibly happy to have locked in my future with Arrow McLaren SP,” O’Ward said. “This team has truly felt like home for me over the past three years and I can’t wait to build on our success as we compete for wins and championships. I want to thank the whole team for this opportunity. This is exactly where I want to be.”
O’Ward, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut in 2018; since then he has secured three wins, four poles and nine podiums, all with Arrow McLaren SP. His three wins came in 2021 at Texas Motor Speedway, on Belle Isle in Detroit, and most recently at Barber Motorsports Park in 2022. He also secured Rookie of the Year honors at the Indianapolis 500 in 2020 when he finished sixth, a result he improved on in 2021 with a fourth place finish.
“Pato is an important part of McLaren’s future in IndyCar and we are happy that he will be a key part of Arrow McLaren SP for years to come,” Zak Brown said. “He is an incredibly talented driver who has already shown what he is capable of in IndyCar and I look forward to watching him take the next step in his promising career.”
Outside of his success in IndyCar, O’Ward’s motorsport resume also includes an Indy Lights championship in 2018 and victories at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2017 and 2022.
“The entire team is excited that Pato is onboard for the long haul. He is an important part of our plan here at Arrow McLaren SP, his energy and work ethic is infectious,” said Taylor Kiel. “Having watched him develop since he joined the team, I look forward to building on these foundations to increase our performance and achieve our common goals in the years to come.”
O’Ward has always mentioned that F1 was the end goal for him. It was a dream of his since he was a boy and he always wanted to position himself towards that direction. Being with AMSP was the right place. He even was gifted a test in a McLaren F1 car last winter. However, Colton Herta, not O’Ward, was signed as a development driver this past spring and it drew the ire of O’Ward. He no longer trusted his future with this team. The results waned.
Then, he got over it and the results came back. Now, he has a deal here for the next three seasons.