By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
The development for U.S. Navy Lt. Jesse Iwuji continues with a new team in the ARCA Racing Series. Lt. Iwuji will compete with Thomas Praytor’s Max Force Racing in the Scott 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday night.
Lt. Iwuji, who started the season with Patriot Motorsports Group, will pilot the No. 9 BBMC Mortgage Ford Fusion at the 1.5-mile Oval. By doing so, he will become the first Naval Academy graduate to compete at Chicagoland Speedway. Max Force Racing has three starts at Chicagoland with a best finish of 15thin 2016.
“Jesse’s story is incredible,” from Praytor. “We’ve been working hard to give him a quality piece that he can get some valuable seat time in. We’re looking to have a lot of fun and a good night in Chicago.”
Max Force Racing has earned six top-10 finishes since the 2015 season, all with Praytor behind the wheel. Lt. Iwuji’s best finish in the ARCA Racing Series was 15that Talladega Superspeedway earlier this year.
Lt. Iwuji is also looking forward to racing with his new team. “For a guy trying to make a move through the ranks, having the team we have been able to put together for Chicago is incredible! It gives me a lot of confidence before I even get into the seat.”
Lt. Iwuji has also competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, earning four top-20 and three top-15 finishes.
“Jesse is an example of the values that BBMC Mortgage admires and demonstrates. His integrity and commitment is inspiring and an example for so many Americans. We are honored to support Jesse on this incredible journey,” said BBMC Mortgage President and West Point graduate Todd Jones.
Now Lt. Iwuji, Praytor, and the entire Max Force Racing team will prepare for a new opportunity on Thursday night.