O’Ward agrees multi-year IndyCar contract extension with McLaren

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Mexican star Pato O’Ward has agreed a fresh deal with Arrow McLaren, extending his stay until at least 2027.

The 24-year-old has been with the team since 2020, securing 4 wins, 5 poles and 20 podiums overall.

He has consistently been the lead driver for the team since then. The man from Monterrey has been a regular title challenger, finishing 4th, 3rd, 7th and 4th across the last four seasons.

O’Ward has also come agonisingly close to victory at the last two Indy 500’s. He was 2nd in 2022 and looked favourite last year until his controversial incident with Marcus Ericsson.

After the saga with two-time champion Alex Palou and his decision to ultimately stay at CGR, this is great news for McLaren as they look to win a championship.

Gavin Ward, Team Principal, Arrow McLaren, said:

“This is a big day for the team and for Pato. It’s been great to see Pato and the team grow together. We’re thrilled to continue racing with him and I look forward to showing the racing world what we can achieve as a group.  Having this done and dusted before the start of the season means the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet crew can go into the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg free from distraction and with one goal in mind: to execute each race weekend to the fullest of our potential.”

Pato O’Ward, Driver, No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, said:

“I couldn’t be more excited to sign this deal with the team. I have to thank Zak and Gavin, the partners and all who were involved in making this happen, especially before the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season starts so we can focus on racing and winning. McLaren has become home for me, and I am proud that I’ll be racing in papaya for a few more years at least.”