By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Adding to a season of firsts for Jesse Iwuji, the United States Navy Lieutenant will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the Chevrolet Silverado 250. Lt. Iwuji will pilot the No. 34 BBMC Mortgage / Zulu Audio / SHITI Coolers Chevrolet Silverado for Reaume Brothers Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Although Lt. Iwuji has never competed at the 2.459-mile, 10-Turn road course, he has five road course starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. His best road course finish, 12th, came at the Utah Motorsports Campus in 2016. Four of Lt. Iwuji’s five road course starts resulted in top-15 finishes.
“This is a special opportunity not only for me, but for all of my fellow service members out there with goals & dreams that most will tell you is impossible and that you can’t do” said Lt. Iwuji. “With this being my first start in Trucks, my goal is to go out there and learn from a field of some amazing drivers, stay in my lane, and be there at the end of the race to finish. We can progress from that.
“I am honored to represent companies that take pride in supporting the military. The founder of Zulu Audio is a US Naval Academy Alumni which had me excited and made this sponsorship so much more authentic because it was Academy brethren supporting Academy brethren.”
The Chevrolet Silverado 250 continues Lt. Iwuji’s relationship with BBMC Mortgage. The company has sponsored Lt. Iwuji in all six of his ARCA Racing Series starts, including a history-making start at Daytona, where the 31-year-old became the first United States Naval Academy graduate to start an ARCA race. His best finish in ARCA competition was 15th at Talladega Superspeedway.
LT Iwuji says, “BBMC Mortgage has been a big part of this season and getting us to this point; but what makes it great is that they do so much to support service members. They’re even doing a sweepstakes for 1-year free rent or mortgage called ‘We got your six’”.
Lt. Iwuji joins his teammate Jason White, as well as Justin Kunz, and Roger Reuse as drivers making their Truck Series debut this weekend.