November 9, 2018

Patricio O'Ward, IndyCar Driver

CELEBRITY VISIT – IndyCar driver Patricio O’Ward took time out of his day to hang out with students, staff at Meredith Nicholson. Below, O’Ward has a little fun with Principal Michelle Jackson (left) and Assistant Principal Cara L. Chandler, who were dressed for Halloween fun at the school.

Patricio O’Ward’s visit with IPS students at Meredith Nicholson School 96 went so well the first time that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wanted a repeat.

So, on Oct. 31, the rookie driver interacted with the school’s fifth- and sixth-grade students, attended a Halloween party and even hung out in gym class.


Assistant Principal Cara L. Chandler said 19-year-old O’Ward, who grew up in Mexico, discussed with students what it’s like for him as a young race car driver and how he started racing go-karts at 3 years old with his grandfather.

“He spoke in Spanish to our students, which absolutely delighted them,” said Chandler. “They asked a lot of questions about what it’s like to be a race car driver, and he answered them with great personality; he connected well and easily with them.”

O’Ward also passed out candy and autograph pictures to students.

Meredith Nicholson, located on the city’s Westside, has a large Hispanic population.