Hometown: Genoa, N.Y.
Born: March 6, 1957
Selected as part of the inaugural group of 'Elite 11' drivers in 2005 contracted to perform on DIRT NorthEast's Modified center stage, he placed sixth in the overall Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRT point standings after posting six front-five and 11 top-10 feature race finishes. Ward scored his lone Advance Auto Parts SDS triumph in a flag-to-flag run to close out the Golden Anniversary season of auto racing at Cayuga County Fair (NY) Speedway. Concluding his 33rd season with seven big-block wins, he was a top-five runner in weekly competition at Cayuga County (2nd), Fulton (3rd) and Brewerton (4th) during the summer months and placed fourth in the specials-only program presented at Rolling Wheels (NY) Raceway.
After 27 years of open-wheel activity this second-generation pilot finally earned his first track championship, wearing the 358-Modified points crown at Can-Am Motorsports Park in 2002. Ward reached the top of the small-block ladder two years later by capturing the 2004 Mr. DIRT 358-Modified Championship. He owns 61 DIRT big-block feature wins and eight in small-block competition, recording three Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series victories and four extra-distance triumphs in the 358 Super DIRT Series. The former New York State Fair Labor Day Champion (1998) also claimed the Ď04 Florida Tour title to close out the 33rd Winternationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
2009 was a successful season for Pat Ward behind the wheel of the Gypsum Express No.42p Bicknell. Wins, track and series titles showed up in Wardís trophy case when the year was all said and done.
Ward served notice in February in Florida right at the start of the season that he was going to be a threat to win no matter where he ran. Pat racked up two wins and the over-all Florida Tour Championship.
At Brewerton Speedway on Friday nights Ward was right in the thick of battle for the track title right down to the end coming home 2nd just 25 points behind Matt Sheppard. In the final run down Ward had one win, 11 top fiveís and 12 top tenís.
Saturday nights at Fulton speedway Pat had two wins, 8 top fives and 9 top tenís. that was good enough for 3rd in the final points.
Utica-Rome Speedway was Wardís Sunday night stop. Pat had a season long points battle with Stewart Friesen, Bobby Varin, Willy Decker and Ronnie Johnson. When the final checkers flew on the 2009 season Ward won his second consecutive track Championship at the Vernon, NY oval.
On the RoC Dart Dirt Modified Tour Pat won his third straight tour title. It was anything but easy for Ward as he had to out-run two of the best in the Modified business in Brett Hearn and Stewart Friesen.
Over all Ward went to victory lane 13 times in the 2009 season. At the NYSSCA banquet he was presented with his second Overall Outstanding Performance Award.