Lt. Jesse Iwuji to make first national series start in Canada

U.S. Navy Lt. Jesse Iwuji receives 20-30 messages every day on social media and email from people who have been inspired by his journey from the military to racing.

He may receive even more this week; Lt. Iwuji will make his first NASCAR national series start in this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Reaume Brothers Racing announced Monday afternoon.

Currently running select races in the K&N Pro Series West & East and the ARCA Series, Lt. Iwuji, who is still an active member of the U.S. Navy Reserves and a graduate of the Naval Academy, will pilot the No. 34 Reaume Brothers Racing Truck in Sunday’s Truck Series event (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be definitely fun for sure,” Lt. Iwuji told “For me, still being in the Navy and serving and getting the opportunity to be the first Naval Academy graduate and serviceman who’s still currently serving to actually make that jump into a national series”