13-year-old American karter Ugo Ugochukwu has signed a long term deal with McLaren to support his career development through the juniors. Ugochukwu won the FIA OKJ European Championship last year after winning a host of titles since starting karting in 2013. McLaren has also secured an option for his services in the future along with providing support for his career.
“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,” said McLaren chief executive Zak Brown. “Now we’ll focus on giving Ugo the right support when he needs it to help him fulfil his potential.”
“I’m honoured to be signed by such an iconic team as McLaren Racing so early in my career,” said the 13-year-old. “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.”
Ugochukwu has competed in the US as well as Europe and is currently in the OK Senior Class of karting. McLaren previously had signed Lewis Hamilton at the age of 13, after he impressed at the start of his karting career. Hamilton ended up joining McLaren and won his first Championship in 2008 at the age of 23.