This year, Benaway defended his title to earn first place in his class among more than 60 racers from across the United States and other countries in September at the SCCA's 2019 Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska.
With more than 1,300 drivers, the Solo Nationals is touted as "the largest amateur motorsports event in the world."
"The competition was tougher as some more talent was drawn to the class after last year's success, but I was able to get it done again," Benaway said.
The skills that Navy Reserve Lt. Jesse E. Iwuji learned during his time at the U.S. Naval Academy and on active duty in became critical when he decided to pursue his true passion: becoming a professional NASCAR driver.