“This dude’s talent doesn’t even tick the radar”- Fans furious as ABC News introduces NASCAR Xfinity series owner-driver Jesse Iwuji as a Hall of Famer

Jesse Iwuji has been representing the US Armed Forces in NASCAR since 2018.


“This dude’s talent doesn’t even tick the radar”- Fans furious as ABC News introduces NASCAR Xfinity series owner-driver Jesse Iwuji as a Hall of Famer

Jesse Iwuji

Premier news outlet ABC News is being criticized online for labeling Truck Series driver Jesse Iwuji as a Hall of Famer. The US Navy Reserve officer turned NASCAR team owner is one of the sport’s trailblazers trying to change a sport where the minority isn’t adequately represented. He owns Jesse Iwuji Motorsports, which fields the No:34 Chevy full-time.

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JIM is co-owned by NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. The former Dallas Cowboys Running Back with three Super Bowl Rings joined the team in 2021 when it was formed. He has made several appearances on the Track supporting his team and has stepped up his involvement in the team ahead of the 2023 season. Jesse Iwuji started the season with a P39 finish in the Daytona season opener.  

The owner-driver appeared on ABC News to discuss Emmitt smith’s involvement in the team and minority representation in NASCAR. The firm shared a video clip of the interview on the official Twitter Handle with the caption, “NASCAR driver and hall-of-Famer Jesse Iwuji joins Kyra Phillips to talk about diversity on the race track,”.

The mistake made was that Jesse Iwuji hasn’t been inducted into any Hall of Fames. The interviewer, Kyra Phillips, later tried to clarify things by sharing a report on the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America honoring drivers from Military backgrounds with a special exhibition.

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The mistake might have overshadowed the message that Iwuji shared on why Emmitt Smith, who isn’t known for his love for racing, decided to join the venture. He pointed out that the 48th Super Bowl MVP joined the team hoping to create a new legacy that would help minorities to explore opportunities in Motorsports.

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How fans on Twitter reacted to the news

Jesse Iwuji
Jesse Iwuji

Fans were furious with the news outlet for sharing the “wrong” information and demanded that they should stop covering NASCAR. The fans slammed the organization for lacking research while covering such sensitive topics. Fans trolled both the driver and the ABC in the comments. Some even suggested that ABC could have gone for someone like Bubba Wallace Rajah Kirby Caruth, who has made an impact at the highest level,

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