British motor racing giants, McLaren Racing, has signed Nigerian-American Kart racing younger prodigy, Ugo Ugochukwu, on a long-term settlement to help him by racing’s junior classes.
The Formulation 1 crew stated in an announcement that the settlement offers them an choice to signal Ugochukwu to a race deal sooner or later.
McLaren Racing chief govt officer Zak Brown stated: “We have been watching Ugo’s progress with curiosity.
“So when the chance to signal an settlement with him turned accessible, we had no hesitation shifting on it.”
McLaren describes the transfer as a multi-year contract with Ugochuku and will tie him to an extra multi-year racing deal.
Ugochukwu, whose mom is Nigerian and father American, gained the 2020 FIA OK-Junior European championship and has graduated to the senior class this season.
F1 has not had an American driver since Alexander Rossi took half in 5 races for the Marussia crew in 2015.
The final American to win a Grand Prix was 1978 world champion Mario Andretti – at that 12 months’s Dutch Grand Prix.
McLaren F1 crew principal Andreas Seidl stated: “Ugo is a promising younger expertise with sturdy improvement prospects.
“Whereas he’s nonetheless early in his profession, it’s clear he has the substances to achieve success within the sport.
“This signing displays our refocused strategy to figuring out and supporting new expertise, away from a proper younger driver programme to a extra tailor-made foundation.”
Ugochukwu stated: “I am honoured to be signed by such an iconic crew as McLaren Racing so early in my profession.
“To have the help of McLaren is improbable and what any younger driver goals of. I am centered proper now on growing as a driver and racer, so having McLaren by my facet can solely assist me on and off the observe.”