A NASCAR driver and U.S. Navy lieutenant saved the day for a California family whose minivan burst into flames. 

Jesse Iwuji was on his way home from a race at Sonoma Raceway, north of San Francisco, last weekend on I-5 when he noticed the family standing near the vehicle as the fire started.

He said as he walked toward the minivan, he could see a small fire underneath and a lot of fluid leaking from the vehicle. Iwuji said people were still in and around the vehicle.


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"Being around race cars and in the military and knowing how quickly flammable fluids can go from a small fire to a big fire, I decided I needed to stop," he explained on "America's Newsroom." 

Iwuji quickly directed the family of four to move a safe distance away from the minivan and soon after, the whole vehicle was an inferno. He said he was in his fifth hour of a six-hour drive home when he saw the vehicle. 

"I don’t consider myself a hero. I just think that I was doing the right thing, and I think that it’s something that anyone could have done," he said. 

The 30-year-old drives the #36 Chevy for Patriot Motorsports Group in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He finished 15th in Saturday's race at Sonoma. 

Watch the interview above.


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