Patricio O’Ward was announced today as the newest member of the Red Bull Junior Team.
The 20-year-old IndyCar rookie, who has made a big impression already this season with Carlin Racing, will follow in the footsteps of young talented drivers including current F1 racers Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly, as he joins the Red Bull Junior program. The announcement did not elaborate on what the deal could mean for his racing program.
“We’re delighted that Pato’s potential has been recognized by the Red Bull Junior Team, a program that has helped incredibly talented drivers in the past. Whatever Pato’s future holds, we know he has a successful and exciting career ahead of him,” said team principal Trevor Carlin.
“Together with Pato and the entire Carlin IndyCar team we are very much focused on the season ahead and of course the month of May. This is without doubt our most intense month of the year and the Indianapolis 500 remains the absolute jewel in the crown of all motorsport. Pato and the rest of the team are determined to make the most of our continued development and improvements on and off track and claim the best result possible.”
O’Ward will join teammate Max Chilton this weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis before beginning a week of practice in preparation for qualifying and his debut at the Indianapolis 500.