McLaren Racing signs up 13-year-old karting champion Ugo Ugochukwu

FIA Karting

McLaren Racing has signed a long-term agreement with Ugo Ugochukwu, the current FIA European karting champion. The 13-year-old American driver has secured several titles in his young career in the US and Europe, with the most recent being the 2020 European Championship (Junior).

The agreement provides McLaren Racing with an option on Ugo’s services in the future, while supporting his development and evolution as he progresses through the junior categories of motorsport.

“We’ve been watching Ugo’s progress with interest, so when the opportunity to sign an agreement with him became available, we had no hesitation moving on it. Now we’ll focus on giving Ugo the right support when he needs it to help him fulfill his potential,” says Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing.

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren F1, had the following to say – “Ugo is a promising young talent with strong development prospects. While he is still early in his career, it is clear he has the ingredients to be successful in the sport. This signing reflects our refocused approach to identifying and supporting new talent, away from a formal young driver programme to a more tailored basis.”


I’m honored to be signed by such an iconic team as McLaren Racing so early in my career. To have the support of McLaren is fantastic and what any young driver dreams of. I’m focused right now on developing as a driver and racer, so having McLaren by my side can only help me on and off the track. – Ugo Ugochukwu

Sources: McLaren Racing, FIA Karting

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