Jesse Iogee Motorsports and Chevrolet Collaborate on the NASCAR Xfinity Series
Jesse Auge and Emmett Smith will be campaigning for the Camaro SS starting in 2022
Charlotte, Nick – Jesse Iwuji Motorsports will be introducing the Chevrolet Camaro SS into the NASCAR Xfinity Series starting in the 2022 season. The team is owned by Jesse Iwuji and Hall of Famer Emmett Smith. Iwoji will also be the driver of the #34 Camaro SS, to empower people even more.
“There can be no more genuine manufacturer partnership for me than one with Chevrolet,” said Euge. “When I decided to pursue a professional racing career, I started getting a seat in my Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06, which I still own today. The story of going from Navy to NASCAR and having my Corvette play a major role in that journey makes this partnership not only an authentic, But it’s inspiring for anyone looking to achieve big goals and dreams. This journey gives people hope and shows how rewarding life really is for those who stay strong enough, long enough.”
Iwuji attended the US Naval Academy and is currently an officer in the Navy Reserve after seven years of active duty. Five jobs began in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020-2021, and 15 began in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 2018-2021.
“I have known Jesse for several years, and I love his passion, his drive and his tenacity,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President of Performance and Motorsports. “When Chevy learned of his aspirations to team up with Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, we looked forward to the opportunity to work together on and off the track. We are excited to announce this partnership and go racing in 2022 starting in Daytona.”
Iwuji and Smith first met when Smith sponsored a car driven by Iwuji at the 2020 race. The pair helped start Jesse Iwuji Motorsports in 2021.
“First of all, our team couldn’t be more excited about the partnership with Chevrolet because of what it means to the racing team and fans as we establish our foothold in NASCAR,” Smith said. “It was essential to align with a manufacturer who not only gave us the best technology but also believed in Jesse’s support, believed in the great men and women who defend our country, believed in diversity, and believed in everything our team represented. Jesse Iwuji Motorsports is delighted that Chevy plays a vital role On our mission to drive diversity, equality and inclusion in racing and join Jesse’s development as he chases his dream.”
Chevrolet will provide engineering support and direction to Jesse Iwuji Motorsports and assist in the development of team members.
“We are excited to have Jesse and Emmett join our family of Chevrolet cars,” said Eric Warren, Chevrolet Director of NASCAR Programs. “I respect that Jesse is constantly making an effort to improve everything he does. I grew up watching and encouraging Emmett’s competitive spirit. We will help guide this young team and provide the engineering resources to speed them up along the way to winning races.”
Chevrolet won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Manufacturers Championship in 2021 for the 23rd time, more than any other manufacturer. It was Chevrolet’s seventh title since the Camaro SS became its flagship car in the series in 2013. Chevy drivers won 15 of the 33 races last year.
“The launch of Jesse Iwuji Motorsports represents an exciting direction for new team ownership in NASCAR and we wish Jesse, Emmett and their new Chevrolet partners great success in their first season of the Xfinity Series,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR President. “It’s Chevrolet partnerships like this and many other companies that demonstrate their commitment to helping grow our sport.”
Jesse Iwuji Motorsports will run the entire season, starting at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 19.
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