McLaren, has signed Ugo Ugochukwu, a 13-year old son of famous Nigerian model Oluchi Onweagba, to a long term deal.
British motor racing team announced via Twitter, on Monday, that it has signed a long-term agreement with the 13-year-old promising driver.
McLaren Racing is pleased to announce a long-term agreement with Ugo Ugochukwu, the promising young driver from the USA. 🤝
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) March 22, 2021
In the signed agreement McLaren Racing is requires to support Ugo’s “development and evolution” as he advances through the junior categories of motorsport, with an “option on his services in the future.”
Ugochukwu has won a host of titles since he began karting in 2013 and last year won the FIA OKJ European Championship.
According to the CEO, McLaren Racing, Zak Brown, “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, who is the Team Principal explained how McLaren will continue to identify and sign young talent such as Ugochukwu.
“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 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,” he said.
On signing with McLaren, 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“.
His mother Oluchi took to Instagram to share her excitment with the caption, “Thank you, GOD! Angels in the heavenlies Thank you. Watch over your Son. @ugougochukwu It’s beyond us 🙏🏾“.
McLaren famously signed Lewis Hamilton when he was 13 after an impressive start to his racing career. The Briton went on to enter F1 with the Woking team and won his first world F1 world title with them in 2008 aged 23.