Navy Lt. Jesse Iwuji racing at Vegas NASCAR event, announces new partnership

Eric Dehm
February 22, 2019 - 2:46 pm
Jesse Iwuji, Navy Lt. and NASCAR driver

Photos courtesy Jesse Iwuji

Jesse Iwuji, former Naval Academy football standout and current lieutenant in the Navy Reserves is set to make his first Las Vegas Motor Speedway start in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race on March 1st. 

Iwuji will be driving for Reaume Bros. Racing the Strat 200 race which will be his 3rd overall in the truck series, and first of the season. To add to the sailor's excitement for the weekend, ConnectingVets.com has learned that he will have a major new partner along for the ride.

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“I have a new partnership this race with FUELTRAX and this one’s special to me." Iwuji says. "FUELTRAX is a US company that has pioneered and led the industry in marine fuel management systems which speaks my mariner language. And to top it off, over 50% of their operations based out of my native country, Nigeria.”

NASCAR driver and Lt. in the Navy Reserves Jesse Iwuji
Photo courtesy Jesse Iwuji

Iwuji was born in Texas to Nigerian immigrants and is incredibly proud of his heritage. That's one of the things that drew FUELTRAX to him.

“We are so grateful for our Nigerian-based marine operators and proud to support Lt. Iwuji both as one of our very own from our community, and as a first-generation American pursing his dreams," says Bene Okorie, West Africa Operations Manager of FUELTRAX. "Nigerians everywhere should be proud of Jesse’s success.”

FUELTRAX CEO Anthony George adds that he and his wife have a passion for helping young men and women achieve their dreams, and Iwuji definitely fits the bill. 

Not many will understand what you’re about to read next, and that’s ok. It’ll only be the people striving to achieve something in life: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat...” - Theodore Roosevelt

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"LT Iwuji is a big dreamer and a hard worker, and we are honored to help him continue on his journey to success in NASCAR,” George says. 

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If Iwuji's previous races in the truck series are any indication, his agent Matt Casto expects the crowd to be fully behind the lone member of the military racing that weekend.

"We’ve been getting great support from the most patriotic fanbase in all sports leagues,” Casto says.

The Strat 200 will air nationally on FS1 at 9PM ET/6PM PT on Friday, March 1st.