The promising young driver Ugo Ugochukwu born in Lagos by Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi a Nigerian model based in New York City who won “The Face of Africa” contest at the age of 16, was recently crowned FIA European karting champion.
McLaren Racing today announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Ugo Ugochukwu, the promising young driver from the USA, who was recently crowned FIA European karting champion.
The story of motor racing will not be complete today without the current world champion Lewis Hamilton, today ‘’like Lewis, Like Ugo’’.
The signing of Ugochukwu mirrors McLaren’s decision to offer now seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton a contract when he was also just 13 years old back in 1998.
Ugochukwu began karting in New York in 2013 and has already racked up an impressive list of achievements throughout his karting exploits in the United States and Europe, winning a total of six championship titles.
The 13-year-old American has proven to be a revelation, already securing several titles in his young career in the US and Europe, and most recently winning the 2020 FIA OKJ European Championship.
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.
Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:
“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 fulfil his potential.”
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren F1, said:
“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.”
Ugo Ugochukwu, said:
“I’m honoured 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.”
Born: April 23, 2007 (Lagos, Nigeria)
Hometown: New York, New York
Parents: Luca Orlandi and Oluchi Onweagba
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Koene USA
Sponsors: Koene USA
United States Rotax Max Challenge Home Series: Northeast Rotax Max Challenge
Years Karting: 2
How did you get started in karting? Began racing Kid Karts at Oakland Valley Race Park in Spring of 2013, moving to Micro Max in the fall of 2013
What has been the high point in your racing career? Winning the Rotax Pan American Challenge event
What are your goals in racing? To win as many titles as possible
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Fast and aggressive
2014 Accomplishments: Rotax Summer Shootout race winner, Northeast Rotax Max Challenge vice champion, Rok Cup USA Micro Rok champion, Rotax Pan American Challenge Micro Max Champion