Jesse Iwuji Motorsports and Chevrolet Team Up on NASCAR Xfinity Series

Jesse Iwuji Motorsports and Chevrolet Team Up on NASCAR Xfinity Series

Team Jesse Iwuji and Emmitt Smith will campaign for the Camaro SS from 2022

2022-02-07


CHARLOTTE, NC- Jesse Iwuji Motorsports will field the Chevrolet Camaro SS in the NASCAR Xfinity Series starting the 2022 season. The team is co-owned by Jesse Iwuji and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. Iwuji will also be the driver of number 34 for Community Empowerment for More Camaro SS.

“There is no manufacturer partnership more authentic to me than a partnership with Chevrolet,” said Iwuji. “When I decided to pursue a professional racing career, I started to get some sitting time in my Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06, which I still have today. The story of going from the Navy to NASCAR and having my Corvette play a significant role in that journey makes this partnership not only authentic, but inspirational for anyone out there looking to achieve big goals and dreams. This journey gives people hope and shows how life truly rewards those who stay strong, long enough.”

Iwuji attended the United States Naval Academy and is currently an officer in the Naval Reserve after seven years of active duty. He made five career starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020-2021, and 15 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 2018-2021.

“I’ve known Jesse for several years, and I love his passion, drive and perseverance,” said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance and Motorsports. “When Chevy learned of his aspirations to team up with Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, we looked forward to the opportunity to work together on and off the track. We are very pleased to announce this partnership and start racing in 2022 starting with Daytona.”

Iwuji and Smith first met when Smith sponsored a car that Iwuji drove at a race in 2020. The pair helped start Jesse Iwuji Motorsports in 2021.

“First, our team is very excited about the partnership with Chevrolet because of what it means to our racing teams and fans as we gain a foothold in NASCAR,” said Smith. “It was very important to align ourselves with a manufacturer that not only gave us the best in technology but also believed in supporting Jesse, believed in the great men and women who stood up for our country, believed in diversity, and believed in everything that our team stood for. Jesse Iwuji Motorsports is thrilled that Chevy is playing an important role in our mission to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in racing and to join Jesse’s development as he pursues his dream.”

Chevrolet will provide technical support and guidance to Jesse Iwuji Motorsports and help develop team members.

“We are thrilled that Jesse and Emmitt are joining our Chevrolet racing family,” said Eric Warren, director of Chevrolet’s NASCAR Program. “I respect that Jesse strives to continuously improve whatever he does. I grew up watching and encouraging Emmitt’s competitive spirit. We will help guide this young team and provide technical resources to accelerate them along the road to winning races.”

Chevrolet won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Manufacturer’s Championship in 2021 for the 23rd time, more than any other manufacturer. It was Chevrolet’s seventh title since the Camaro SS became the flagship vehicle in the series in 2013. The Team Chevy driver won 15 of last year’s 33 races.

“The launch of Jesse Iwuji Motorsports continues the trend of attracting new team ownership in NASCAR and we wish Jesse, Emmitt and their new partner at Chevrolet great success in their inaugural Series Xfinity season,” said Steve Phelps, president of NASCAR. “Chevrolet partners like these and many others demonstrate their commitment to helping develop our sport.”

Jesse Iwuji Motorsports will run the full season, starting at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 19.

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