McLaren signs up 13-year-old US karting star


McLaren Racing has announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with 13-year-old American karting star Ugo Ugochukwu.

The young US racer was recently crowned FIA European karting champion, adding the title to an already impressive track record in the junior ranks in the US.

McLaren's agreement with Ugochukwu - which includes an option on the young American's services - will see it support its protégé's "development and evolution 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," said McLaren boss 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," commented Ugochukwu.

"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."

McLaren F1 team boss Andreas Seidl added:

"Ugo is a promising young talent with strong development prospects," said the German. "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."

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