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Jesse Iwuji and Emmitt Smith’s NASCAR team partner with Chevy

Iwuji and the NFL Hall of Famer's team will run a full Xfinity Series schedule in 2022


Jesse Iwuji Motorsports announced their partnership with Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series season. The team is co-owned by U.S. Navy veteran Jesse Iwuji and pro football hall of famer Emmitt Smith. Iwuji will be the driver of the team’s No. 34 Empowering People More Chevrolet Camaro SS.

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Iwuji attended the United State Naval Academy and is currently an officer in the Navy Reserve after serving 7-years of active duty. He has five career starts in the Xfinity Series from 2020-2021, and 15 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 2018 -2021.

“There couldn’t be a more authentic manufacturer partnership for me than one with Chevrolet,” said Iwuji. “When I decided to pursue a professional racing career, I started getting seat time in my Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06, which I still own today. The story of going from the Navy to NASCAR and having my Corvette play a key part in that journey makes this partnership not only authentic, but inspirational for any person out there looking to accomplish big goals and dreams.” 

The Iwuji and Smith partnership will run a full Xfinity Series schedule in 2022. They first met in 2020, when Smith sponsored a car driven by Iwuji, and in 2021 they started Jesse Iwuji Motorsports. 

“First, our team could not be more excited about the partnership with Chevrolet because of what it means to our race team and fans as we get our footing in NASCAR,” said Smith. “It was vital to align to a manufacturer that not only provided us with the very best in technology but also believed in supporting Jesse, believed in the great men and woman that defend our country, believed in diversity, and believed in everything that our team stands for.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series starts on February 19 at Daytona International Speedway.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


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