IndyCar rookie driver Patricio O’Ward has been signed to the Red Bull Junior Team.

O’Ward, who currently sits 17th in the 2019 standings on 56 points after contesting three races, joined Carlin at the second round of the season at the Circuit of the Americas, where he finished eighth.

The reigning Indy Lights champion announced on Thursday that he had been added to the Red Bull Junior Team programme.

The Mexican will see out his IndyCar commitments with Carlin as part of the 13-race deal he signed, which includes making his debut at the Indianapolis 500 later this month.

“We’re delighted that Pato’s potential has been recognized by the Red Bull Junior Team, a program that has helped incredibly talented drivers in the past,” said Carlin team principal Trevor Carlin.

“Whatever Pato’s future holds we know he has a successful and exciting career ahead of him, with Pato and the entire Carlin INDYCAR team we are very much focused on the season ahead and of course the Month of May.

“This is without doubt our most intense month of the year and the Indianapolis 500 remains the absolute jewel in the crown of all motorsport.

“Pato and the rest of the team are determined to make the most of our continued development and improvements on and off track and claim the best result possible.”