Ugo Ugochukwu

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Ugo Ugochukwu
Nationality American
via dual nationality
Born (2007-04-23) 23 April 2007 (age 15)
New York, USA
Championship titles

CIK-FIA Karting European Championship
Challenge of the Americas Logo.png Search Ugo Ugochukwu on Amazon.Ugo Ugochukwu (born April 23, 2007) is a 13-year-old American-born racing driver.[1][2] He is a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme and is the reigning European Karting Champion.


Karting career[edit]

Ugochukwu started his karting career in 2015, where he won the Florida Winter Tour in the Rotax Micro Max category. He then moved to compete in Europe, finishing second to Gabriele Minì in the Italian Karting Championship in 2017 in the 60 Mini class. The American won the Challenge of the Americas in 2018 and became champion of the 2020 CIK-FIA Karting European Championship in 2020, driving for the Sauber Karting Team.[3]

Formula One[edit]

He signed a long-term deal with McLaren on March 22, 2021 to develop his career through the junior categories of motorsport.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Nigerian-born supermodel Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi and her Italian husband, the fashion designer Luca Orlandi.[6][7]


  1. George Ramsay. "McLaren signs long-term deal with karting star Ugo Ugochukwu". CNN. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  2. "McLaren sign long-term deal with 13-year-old American karting ace Ugo Ugochukwu | Formula 1®". Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  3. "2020 European Champions: Ugochukwu - Junior and Antonelli – OK". KartXpress. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  4. "McLaren signs 13-year-old American karter". March 22, 2021. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  5. "McLaren sign teenage karting revelation Ugo Ugochukwu with team to support American youngster's career". Sky Sports. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  6. Saward, Joe (March 23, 2021). "13-Year-Old Ugo Ugochukwu Is America's Next Great F1 Hopeful". Autoweek. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  7. "McLaren sign long-term deal with 13-year-old American karting ace Ugo Ugochukwu | Formula 1®". Retrieved March 24, 2021.

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