Nur Ali

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This article is about the Pakistani racing driver. For the village in Iran, see Nur Ali, Iran.
Nur Ali
Born (1974-10-12) October 12, 1974 (age 39)
Karachi, Pakistan
Achievements 2001, 2002 Southwest Formula Mazda Champion
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
2012 position 93rd
Best finish 93rd (2012)
First race 2012 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of February 28, 2013.

Nur B. Ali (Urdu: نو ر علی ) (born October 12, 1974 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a Pakistani American race car driver. He is the first Pakistani to become a professional racing driver,[citation needed] and a former two-time Southwest Formula Mazda Series Champion. Ali also drove in the A1 Grand Prix series for Team Pakistan.

Early life[edit]

Nur was interested in racing since he was four years old when he lived in Germany. He moved to Texas with his family when he was 8 years old and he currently resides in Dallas suburb of Irving.

Nur graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1998. He was Vice President of Washington, D.C. Federation of College Republicans in 1995 and interned for Congressman Joe Barton, R-Texas, in Washington, D.C. in 1995.[citation needed]

Racing career[edit]

After graduating from college, Ali pursued a career racing by going to Skip Barber Racing School. When he completed the course and picked up his racing license, Ali took part in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Southern Race Series and becoming the first racing driver from Pakistan. In 2000, Ali and his brother set up Ali Motorsports, so that he could compete in the Southwest Formula Mazda Series which he won in 2001 and 2002. Then in 2006, he joined racing series A1 Grand Prix where he raced for A1 Team Pakistan for a season. In late 2007, Nur decided to switch to stock car racing, and after a successful test for Cunningham Motorsports, Ali drove in the 2008 Daytona ARCA 200. In 2009, he drove again for Cunningham Motorsports. After joining the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Texas Governor Rick Perry presented Ali with an official commendation, and the Mayor of the city of Southlake, Texas, proclaimed January 25, 2008, as Nur Ali day.

In 2012, Ali made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving for Rick Ware Racing in two events late in the season,[1] but wrecked 3 cars in his first career start at Kentucky Speedway and then was not cleared to race in his next attempt at Texas Motor Speedway.[2]

Career results[edit]

Season Series Team Races wins Poles Fast laps Points Pos.
2010 ARCA RE/MAX Series DGM Racing 1 0 0 0 120 112th
2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Cunningham Motorsports 3 0 0 0 220 97th
2008 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 2 0 0 0 30 18th
2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Cunningham Motorsports 2 0 0 0 420 63rd
2008 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 4 2 2 0 108 3rd
2007 Star Mazda Ali Motorsports 1 0 0 0 16 31st
2007 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 4 1 2 0 86 6th
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Pakistan 20 0 0 0 1 22nd (1)
2006 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 3 0 1 0 64 8th
2006 Star Mazda Ali Motorsports 6 0 0 0 78 32nd
2006 Star Mazda Expert Series Ali Motorsports 6 0 0 0 73 5th
2004 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 6 0 0 0 82 17th
2003 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 11 0 1 0 193 4th
2002 (Fall) Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 5 3 1 0 64 1st
2002 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 14 0 1 0 240 3rd
2001 (Fall) Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 6 1 0 0 138 1st
2001 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 11 0 0 0 192 7th
2000 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 9 0 0 0 143 5th
  • (1) = Team standings.

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adamczyk, Jay (October 10, 2012). "Nur Ali to make two starts for Rick Ware". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ "NASCAR doesn't approve Nur Ali to race at Texas". The Associated Press. USA Today. October 31, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Quad Boenker
Southwest Formula Mazda champion
2001 (Fall)
Succeeded by
Brad Pollard
Preceded by
Brad Pollard
Southwest Formula Mazda champion
2002 (Fall)
Succeeded by
Darryl Wills