McLaren Racing announced on Monday that they have signed 13-year-old American Ugo Ugochukwu to their young driver program.
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.
Speaking about the announcement, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown commented saying:
“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.”
McLaren Racing F1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl commented saying:
“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 commented on his appointment to McLaren’s young driver program saying:
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.