Jesse's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Operation Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Las Vegas, NV

JESSE IWUJI

NASCAR Driver

“When you become that person who’s going up against the odds, a lot of people are going to be looking up to you. You can’t let them down.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Armed Services

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Goals Passion Perseverance Desire Individualism Support & Encouragement Dedication Hard Work Hobbies & Pastimes

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

balance, being different, calm, different direction, discipline, dreams, drive, excitement, goals, learning, learning experiences, minority, motivation, nascar, preparation, role models, sports, stigma, training, unique

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Growing up in Texas, he loved motorsports and cars, but as a first-generation Nigerian immigrant, racing was not a part of his family’s culture.
  • He originally pursued football instead; he was good enough to earn a scholarship to play at the Naval Academy.
  • However, from the moment he drove in his first drag race, he knew that was what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.
  • After graduating from the Naval Academy, he used the money he’d saved from his two deployments to build a streetcar and race it at drag strips.
  • He broke a few records with that car, which earned him some publicity and opened up the opportunity for him to drive stock cars.
  • His aspiration is to become the first African-American male veteran to compete in top-level professional NASCAR races.
  • He’s currently racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and is a candidate for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.
  • Believes that every person has a vision of their best self, and it’s our duty to live that vision out, even in the face of negativity or discouragement from others.

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