Navy Reserve officer talks about his path to the race track

Navy Reserve officer talks about his path to the race track


BUT IT IS ALSO A BIG WEEKEND IN
TALLADEGA. THAT MEANS NASCAR. I SPOKE TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO
MIGHT’VE HAD THE CHANCE TO GO
EITHER WAY, BUT HE CHOSE THE
TRACK, OVER THE TURF.>>I HAVE HEARD IWAGI, SQUEEGEE,
LUIGI. GUY: GET IT RIGHT — THE NAME’S
IWUJI. LT. JESSE IWUJI, AND HE’S RACING
YOUR WAY, NASCAR FAST. BUT THIS FORMER NAVAL ACADEMY
DEFENSIVE BACK’S TRACK TO RACING
WASN’T EXACTLY TYPICAL.>>I SERVED SEVEN YEARS ACTIVE
DUTY IN THE NAVY. NOW I AM IN THE RESERVES. SOMETIMES TOWARD THE END OF
ACTIVE DUTY TIME IS WHEN I HAD
THE CRAZY IDEA I WANTED TO RUN
STOCK CARS IN NASCAR. GUY: WELL, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN
ACTIVE-DUTY THE RESTROOM.>>I WAS LITERALLY STANDING
OUTSIDE A PORTAPOTTY, BECAUSE I
— HE ASKED, WOULD YOU BE
INTERESTED IN STOCK CAR RACING? BECAUSE I NEEDED TO PEE, NOW I’M
RACING. [LAUGHTER]
GUY: WHAT ABOUT THE ELEPHANT IN
THE ROOM? YOU DON’T EXACTLY LOOK LIKE MOST
NASCAR DRIVERS.>>NASCAR’S REALLY WORKED ON
OPENING THE DOOR. NO MATTER YOUR RACE, RELIGION,
YOUR GENDER, YOU CAN RAISE —
RACE IN OUR SPORT. GUY: JESSE’S ROLLING AS WE
SPEAK, DRIVING IN THE

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