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Navy’s Iwuji Races to Become a NASCAR Pro (PS039)

Meet Jesse Iwuji

Jesse Iwuji, Naval Officer and Nascar Driver

Jesse Iwuji played college football at the United States Naval Academy and graduated with a degree in General Science. After graduating from Navy, he began pursuing his racing passion.

In 2013 he became the 5th person in the world to eclipse 200 MPH in a Generation III HEMI which landed him on Hot Rod Magazine.

In 2015 he began his NASCAR journey through the ladder system running in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

About The Red List Group

The Red List Group is an auto racing event company who host events on the west coast bi-annually. They bring an amazing racing experience to the racers while keeping them off the streets and at the track.


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Show Notes

In today’s episode, Jesse answers:

  • How is the Navy allowing you to race while active duty?
  • What is the pipeline to NASCAR?
  • What separates the greats from the everyone else?
  • What are some of the unwritten rules and etiquette?
  • What’s the best tip you would give to a new driver?
  • What’s one challenge you are facing right now?
  • Can you share how sponsorship works in racing?
  • How much do you get paid?
  • Do you own the car?
  • What do you think the future of NASCAR holds?

Veteran Company Mentioned

  • Phoenix Patriot Foundation: Provides direct support to injured and combat wounded veterans who served post 9-11 enabling them to fully Recover, Reintegrate, and Remain Engaged in serving America.

Favorite Weapon

  • IRacing: Jesse’s simulator for racing.

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