Pato O'Ward
Pato  O'Ward
Team Pelfrey
Pato O'Ward
Career stats
Mazda Road To Indy
Total Poles
Race Wins
May 6, 1999
3 Mexico
Monterrey, Mexico
San Antonio, TX

Patricio started racing Kid Karts in October 2005 and in 2006 he was named a Tornado Factory / Team Driver while he raced in the Kid Kart class. While racing Kid Karts he won the 2006 Mexican AKN Kid Kart North East Regional Championship.

April 2007 he started racing Easykarts and won the 2007 Mexican National Easykart Championship in the Easykart 60cc class. Patricio also raced in the Rotax Micro Max class and won the 2007 Mexican North East Regional Champion title in the Rotax Micro Max class.

February 2008 Patricio became a factory team driver for Arrow Racing Karts / BTK Motorsports. He won the 2008 US Rotax Grand Nationals at USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI in the Rotax Micro Max class.

April 2009 Patricio moved up to the Rotax Mini Max class. In his rookie year in the Mini Max class Patricio won the 2009 Southwest Regional Cup Championship in Mini Max, came in second place at the 2009 US Rotax Grand Nationals Mini Max class at Oklahoma Motorsports Complex in Norman, OK and 2nd place in the 2009 Mexican Rotax Grand Nationals at the Monterrey Karting Track in Monterrey, Mexico.

October 2010 Patricio became a J3 Competition driver and travelled to Lonato, Italy to compete in the ROK Cup International Final and came in fourth place;  one month later on November 2010 he became the TAG Cadet inaugural champion at the SKUSA SuperNats held in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Suites.

In March 2011 Patricio came in second at the Florida Winter Tour Rotax MiniMax points championship and in November 2011 trying to become a back to back champion in the TAG Cadet SKUSA Supernats's event being held in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Suites he finished in second place.

During 2012 Patricio participated in the Texas Pro Kart Challenge finishing with a Championship in the Stock Moto Junior S5 class and a Vice-Championship in the Rotax Junior class. He then became the SKUSA Summernational and Supernational Champion in the Stock Moto Junior S5 class.

In 2013 Patricio made the move to Formula car racing and participated in the Formula LATAM F2000 Series in Mexico, the Pacific F2000 Series in the USA and the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior Series in Europe.

During 2014 Patricio joined the French F4 series from round three onwards, finishing all but one race in the points with ten top-five finishes and taking a maiden win at Paul Ricard.

In March 2015, it was announced Pato will be joining Team Pelfrey for the full 2015 season in the Pro Mazda Championship season, sponsored by Octane Energy Drink/POW Motorsports.

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

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish

Team Pelfrey

Team Pelfrey, the 2011 rebirth of memorable IndyCar operation Team Pelfrey, ventures back into professional open-wheel racing with an important goal in mind: help and develop new talent. The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear as part of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system proves to be a perfect medium for owner Dale Pelfrey to showcase his latest foray into the world of professional motorsports and the business model is to not cut any corners in doing so.

Pelfrey’s formula for molding a team is no different to that of the company he founded and led for over 30 years, Enginetics Aerospace who specialized in the design and manufacturing of jet engine components for the international market—hire the best, acquire the best, and demand the best in order to achieve the most.   Team Pelfrey is no different and has already proven it thus far with the decisions that Pelfrey has made in setting up his new venture.

Pelfrey’s last stint as a team owner was in the IZOD IndyCar Series from 1998-2000 which had such drivers as Danny Ongais, Memo Gidley, Bryan Tyler, Billy Boat, Robby Unser and John Paul Jr., who led 39 laps of the 1998 Indianapolis 500. Pelfrey also gave current IndyCar Series owner and successful female driver Sarah Fisher her first ride in an IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway in 1999.

In addition to his business ventures and IndyCar past, Pelfrey himself has also raced competitively. From flat-track motorcycles in his teens, to karts, Skip Barber, and a P2 car in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, Pelfrey has always had a passion for the competitiveness that motorsports provides. This above all else is what’s pushing Team Pelfrey’s re-entry into professional open-wheel racing, with its sights set firmly on immediately challenging for top honors.


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