No one has ever tried to enter NASCAR from the Navy–until now.
Lt. Jesse Iwuji discovered his love for racing while stationed in San Diego as
a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) in the Navy.
Jesse graduated from the Naval Academy where he played
Division 1 College Football. After graduation, Jesse was commissioned as a SWO
and embarked on his Navy journey. The Navy has brought Jesse to parts of the
world he never imagined seeing. It wasn’t just exploring new cultures that gave
Jesse a fresh outlook on life–it was his Navy brothers and sisters he traveled
with along the way. Teamed with men and women from diverse backgrounds, Jesse
soon began to realize that individualism–something he had been taught his whole
life–had to be put aside to succeed in this new environment. Teamwork became
crucial to the success of Jesse’s assignments and the safety of his crew.
Onboard the ship, there was simply no room for error. Hard work,
dedication and a relentless pursuit of success opened Jesse’s mind up to a
place it had never been before. In May 2017, Jesse made the decision
to transition into the Navy Reserve so he could pursue a racing
career full-time. Even though he has seen great success in racing, he
attributes much of it to the Navy. The Navy has taught him what success looks
like, how to confront adversity, and to keep believing, even when the cards are
stacked against you.