Jesse Iwuji Motorsports

American stock car racing team

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Jesse Iwuji Motorsports
Owner(s) Jesse Iwuji
Emmitt Smith
Matt Casto
Base Gaffney, South Carolina
Series NASCAR Xfinity Series
ARCA Menards Series
Race drivers Xfinity Series:
34. Jesse Iwuji, Andre Castro (part-time)
ARCA Menards Series
TBA. Kyle Whisner
Sponsors Xfinity Series:
34. Chevrolet, University of Chicago Medical Center, Wings & Wheels Foundation
ARCA Menards Series
TBA. Kyle Whisner
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Opened 2021
Career
Debut Xfinity Series:
2022 Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner 300 (Daytona)
Latest race Xfinity Series:
2023 Pennzoil 150 (Indianapolis)
Races competed Total: 33
Xfinity Series: 33
Drivers’ Championships Total: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Race victories Total: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Pole positions Total: 0
Xfinity Series: 0

Jesse Iwuji Motorsports is an American stock car racing team that competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It was founded in 2021 by NFL hall of famer, Emmitt Smith, with NASCAR driver and United States Navy Reserve officer, Jesse Iwuji, and they currently field the No. 34 Chevrolet Camaro SS for owner/driver, Jesse Iwuji and Andre Castro.

History[edit]

On August 21, 2021, Jesse Iwuji announced the formation of his new team, Jesse Iwuji Motorsports, that will compete full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022. He also announced that Emmitt Smith, a former NFL running back, would co-own the team with him.[1] In December 2021, Iwuji announced the sponsor for his team, which would be the Equity Prime Mortgage company.[2]

On December 9, 2022, Jesse Iwuji Motorsports filed a US$4.125 million lawsuit against Equity Prime Mortgage for breach of contract.[3] In February 2023, EPM filed a counterclaim on JIM.[4]

NASCAR Xfinity Series[edit]

Iwuji in the No. 34 car at Talladega Superspeedway in 2022.

Car No. 34 history[edit]

On February 7, 2022, Iwuji and Smith partnered with Chevrolet as the manufacturer for the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, with the number being 34, as a tribute to Wendell Scott. The team was scheduled to run the full 33-race schedule, with Iwuji competing for Rookie of the Year honors.[5] The team operated out of the JD Motorsports race shop, with providing engines from Hendrick Motorsports.[6]

Iwuji started the 2022 season with a 27th place finish at Daytona, and followed with two top thirty finishes at Auto Club and Las Vegas.[7] At Phoenix, Jesse Little replaced Iwuji as a last-minute decision for an unknown reason, he would fail to qualify. Iwuji returned the following week at Atlanta, finishing 27th. After the team failed to qualify for a second time at Circuit of the Americas, it was announced on March 31 that Kyle Weatherman will drive the 34 car at Richmond, where he would finish 28th.[8] Although he was only scheduled for a one race deal, Weatherman returned the following week at Martinsville, giving the team their best-career finish of 16th. He beat that result after finishing 12th at Darlington. Iwuji and Weatherman would split the driver’s seat for the rest of the season. At New Hampshire, Weatherman finished in 10th, giving JIM their first-career top ten and their best finish to date. After Noah Gragson and Landon Cassill were disqualified from second and third place, Weatherman would later be scored in the eighth position.[9] In the August race at Daytona, Iwuji survived numerous wrecks and earned his career best finish of 11th. He received sponsorship from Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in that race. On September 28, it was announced that Kaz Grala would drive the 34 car at the Charlotte Roval, finishing 35th after being involved in a late incident.[10] The team ended the season with one top ten and ten top twenties, finishing 29th in owner’s points.[11]

The team returned for the 2023 season, but only for a partial schedule due to sponsorship issues.[12] Iwuji ran the season-opener at Daytona, finishing 30th after being involved in a wreck. He attempted to make the race at Talladega, but failed to qualify. On June 9, it was announced that the USF2000 Championship driver Andre Castro would make his Xfinity Series debut for the team at the Chicago Street Course, with sponsorship from the University of Chicago Medical Center.[13]

Car No. 34 results[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 .mw-parser-output .tooltip-dotted{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}NXSC Pts Ref
2022 Jesse Iwuji 34 Chevy DAY
27
CAL
36
LVS
34
ATL
27
COA
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
TEX
34
PIR
26
ROA
22
ATL
32
DAY
11
KAN
36
TAL
28
29th 392 [14]
Jesse Little PHO
DNQ
Kyle Weatherman RCH
28
MAR
16
DOV
27
DAR
12
CLT
36
NSH
38
NHA
8
POC
19
IND
30
MCH
16
GLN
22
DAR
16
BRI
17
TEX
22
LVS
14
HOM
20
MAR
30
PHO
14
Kaz Grala CLT
35
2023 Jesse Iwuji DAY
30
CAL LVS PHO ATL COA RCH MAR TAL
DNQ
DOV DAR CLT PIR SON NSH 49th 9
Andre Castro CSC
37
ATL NHA POC ROA MCH IRC
36
GLN DAY DAR KAN BRI TEX ROV LVS HOM MAR PHO

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