Patricio O'Ward - known as Pato by his friends and family - hails from Monterrey, Mexico and attends school in San Antonio, Texas since 2010.
The Texas Military Institue student began his racing career in 2005 racing Kid Karts in Mexico. As Pato worked his way up the karting ranks, the young gun captured three championship titles in Mexico and over four championships in the U.S. including a title victory at the 2010 SKUSA SuperNats in Las Vegas. O'Ward's latest karting championship titles came in the Stock Moto Junior S5 Class at the Texas Pro Kart Challenge, SKUSA SummerNats and SKUSA SuperNats all in 2012.
At the age of 13, Pato moved to Formula car racing in 2013 joining the Formula LATAM F2000 Series in Mexico, the Pacific F2000 Series in the U.S. and the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior Series in Europe. The following year, the Mexican native captured his first formula car win at the famous Paul Ricard Circuit while competing in the ultra competitive French Formula 4 series.
Most recently he competed in the Pro Mazda Championship in the U.S. with Florida-based Team Pelfrey. At 16-years-old, Pato captured seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes, as well as stood on the podium three times for the 2015 season while earning the "Pro Mazda Spirit Award", given to a driver or team that embodies the "heart of a champion" as they aspire to reach their goals.
"Even before the start, I was sure of winning."
"Pato" is one of the most young and exciting Mexican talents to have emerged in years. Some of his notable karting achievements include the 2012 SKUSA SuperNationals S5 Junior Stock Moto Championship. In 2013, he made the move to open wheel race cars, before stepping up to the ultra competitive French F4 Championship in 2014. In 2015, Pato entered the Pro Mazda Championship with Team Pelfrey, gaining attention and the hearts of many as he took the podium various times throughout the year.
HEART OF A
SKUSA SuperNationals S5 Junior Stock Moto Champion
SKUSA SummerNationals S5 Junior Stock Moto Champion
TPKC S5 Junior Stock Moto Champion
TPKC Rotax Junior Vice Champion
FWT Rotax MiniMax Vice Champion
SKUSA SuperNationals TAG Cadet Champion
US Rotax MiniMax Grand National Vice Champion
Mexican Rotax MiniMax Grand National Vice Champion