Carlin Racing announced today that Pato O’Ward will drive team’s second car for 13 rounds of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.

The 19-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico will make his debut for Carlin at the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas alongside the team’s primary driver Max Chilton. He also will attempt to qualify for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in a third entry for the team. Charlie Kimball who drove for the team full-time 2018, is also scheduled to run the 500.

O’Ward won the 2018 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire championship and earned a $1,000,000 scholarship to move up to IndyCar. He was slated to drive for Harding-Steinbrenner Racing alongside his former Indy Lights teammate Colton Herta, but the deal fell through due to financial shortcomings.

“I wanted to start off by saying that I’m so excited to get this 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season underway and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that Trevor Carlin has given me to drive for his INDYCAR team and Team Chevy,” said O’Ward. “I’m just thankful that he and the whole Carlin team really believe in me and I’ll give it my all to show them that I’m ready to tackle any challenges ahead of us starting in a few weeks at COTA.”

O’Ward made his IndyCar debut at least year’s season finale at the Sonoma Raceway, where he impressed by qualifying fifth and finishing ninth.

Aside from the IndyCar Classic and the Indy 500, O’Ward will race at Barber, the IndyCar GP at the IMS Road Course, the Detroit doubleheader, Road America, Toronto, Iowa, Mid-Ohio, Gateway and Portland. Kimball will contest the remaining rounds at St. Pete, Texas, Pocono and Laguna Seca.