Ugo Ugochukwu: The 13-Year-Old New McLaren Signee

by Duke Magazine

We can never get tired of showcasing lustrous feats Black people across the globe are attaining in every facets of endeavor. It is indeed a fonder of beauty to be young, black, and gifted.

13-year-old Nigerian, Ugo Ugochukwu is the new signee to the British racing giant, McLaren.

Born in 2007 in New York, Ugochukwu started racing his karting career in 2013 at age 6. 

The motor GP lad is the son of a Nigerian supermodel, Oluchi Oweagba, who won the 1998 Face of Africa contest.

In November 2020, Ugochuwu won the OK Junior European Championship and was crowned the European Federation Internationale de l’Automobile Champion. The young motorsports driver won last year’s FIA OK Junior European championship and has graduated to the senior class this season.

With this successful claim, Ugochukwu will be one of the youngest drivers to be signed to the highly exclusive McLauren Young Drivers Program since its inception. 

When asked why numbers are so few, McLauren Racing CEO, Zak Brown, said it was due to the team’s very targeted approach and a stable F1 line-up. The Formula 1 team said the agreement gives them an option to sign Ugochukwu to a race deal in the future. The program was also the foundation for Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time winner of the Formula 1 Championship, who was also signed at 13.

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