Carlin Racing has confirmed that 2018 Indy Lights champion Patricio O’Ward will drive the team’s second entry for 11 rounds of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, starting with the second race of the year at Circuit of The Americas later this month, as well as a third entry for the team in the Indianapolis 500 alongside teammates Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball.
O’Ward captured the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires crown, earning a scholarship to advance to the NTT IndyCar Series with three guaranteed races including the Indy 500. He had originally been expected to run the full season for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, but split with that team last month due to a lack of funding.
“I wanted to start off by saying that I’m so excited to get this 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season underway and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that Trevor Carlin has given me to drive for his IndyCar team and Team Chevy,” said the 19-year-old Mexican. “I’m just thankful that he and the whole Carlin team really believe in me and I’ll give it my all to show them that I’m ready to tackle any challenges ahead of us starting in a few weeks at COTA.
“I just don’t think I can properly express how excited I am for this opportunity. It’s been a very stressful past few weeks given my circumstances and it’s been a bit of a hustle trying to find a new home in the NTT IndyCar Series for myself, but I couldn’t be happier about landing at Carlin.”
In addition to the INDYCAR Classic at COTA, O’Ward will race for Carlin at Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach, the Indianapolis GP and 500, Detroit, Road America, Toronto, Iowa, Mid-Ohio, Gateway and Portland. Carlin previously announced that Kimball would drive with the team for five races.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented drivers over the years, many of whom now race in the NTT IndyCar Series, Formula 1 Formula E to name a few, and in Pato I really see a spark similar to some of our highest achieving alumni,” said team principal Trevor Carlin. “He’s a hugely promising talent who deserves this opportunity and has a massive amount of potential. As a young Chevy team, we are incredibly driven and excited to help him achieve his goals in this 2019 program.”