Latest Patricio O'Ward News

Column: NASCAR plays a glum, frustrated second fiddle to F1

Oct. 25, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — NASCAR, the longtime king of U.S. motorsports, has never had to worry about Formula One, the popular globetrotting series that has never quite grabbed hold of Americans. Then came “Drive to Survive” on Netflix, an F1 docuseries that for...

Palou becomes first Spaniard to win IndyCar championship

Sep. 26, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Alex Palou raised the Spanish flag over his head and hugged every teammate he could find. The first championship trophy of his professional career at last in his hands, he planted his lips on the Astor Cup and savored a dream come true. He...

Herta paces Long Beach practice as Palou gets comfortable

Sep. 24, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Endless hours on iRacing trying to familiarize himself with the downtown city street course in Long Beach paid off Friday when IndyCar points leader sailed through his first career laps on the circuit. Palou takes a 35-point lead into Sunday's...

IndyCar speeds into Long Beach celebrating season of gains

Sep. 24, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson fulfilled a childhood dream Friday when the 46-year-old IndyCar rookie at long last got to drive a race car on his home track. Johnson is a superstar with seven NASCAR championships but he grew up an open-wheel fan from El Cajon...

Long Beach opens up for grand prix return, IndyCar closer

Sep. 23, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

One of the crown jewels of both motorsports and the North American street festival scene opened Thursday for the first time in 17 months after the pandemic snapped a 45-year run for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The annual event was one of the longest continuously run...

Column: Zak Brown savoring McLaren's slow return to glory

Sep. 20, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — What does champagne taste like when chugged from a dirty shoe? Zak Brown doesn't know the answer to the question he's been asked in the week since McLaren broke a nine-year Formula One losing streak with a 1-2 sweep in Italy. Daniel Ricciardo...

Herta cruises past his father with Laguna Seca victory

Sep. 19, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — The new faces of IndyCar dominated at Laguna Seca, where Colton Herta won the race, Alex Palou moved an easy Sunday drive away from the championship and Romain Grosjean was treated like a rock star. Herta routed the field — and ran over...

Arrow Electronics commits to sponsor extension with McLaren

Sep. 19, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — The tiny IndyCar team Sam Schmidt formed 20 years ago moved another step toward becoming an elite organization with a sponsorship extension by Arrow Electronics announced ahead of Sunday's race at Laguna Seca. The deal through 2028 retains...

Herta claims pole at Laguna Seca as Palou eyes IndyCar title

Sep. 18, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Colton Herta won the pole at Laguna Seca for the second-consecutive race and will try Sunday to tie his father as a two-time winner at the rolling California road course. The win would actually give him the family throne on the overall victories...

IndyCar soars into Laguna Seca celebrating strong season

Sep. 18, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Nearly two dozen fans stood in the California morning chill waiting patiently for their chance to take a selfie with The Phoenix. There's always a steady line around Romain Grosjean, who patiently works his way through the crowd accommodating as...