Pato O’Ward Gets Chance at Indy Lights Full-Time
After putting in the time behind the scenes, including a brief break from open-wheel competition, Pato O’Ward will get his chance to run the full Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedule, courtesy of Andretti Autosport. It was confirmed on Thursday that he will be behind the wheel of the No. 27 entry, rounding out the team’s line-up alongside Colton Herta, Dalton Kellett and Ryan Norman.
“First off, I want to thank the whole Andretti Autosport team for the incredible opportunity they are giving me. I’m really happy to be with this power house team and I will give this my all to deliver results. I have been working really hard with Michael [Andretti] and J-F [Thormann] to put this deal together, and I’m more than proud to be a part of such a prestigious team like Andretti. I can’t wait to start working with everyone and I’m sure its going to be an awesome year, so lets go get it!”
The 18-year-old has been impressive on the Mazda Road to Indy thus far, including a runner-up in the 2006 Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires season following six victories in the first seven races. O’Ward entered four Indy Lights events last year, but was unable to put together a full campaign due to lack of funding.
“We’re excited to have Pato [O’Ward] join our Indy Lights family in 2018,” said Andretti Autosport CEO & Team Owner Michael Andretti. “Pato had a strong, successful Pro Mazda season in 2016 and has been working hard to make the jump to Indy Lights. I’m confident his talent will blend well with Colton [Herta], Dalton [Kellett] and Ryan [Norman] and I’m looking forward to seeing our drivers on the podium this season.”
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