Alon Day

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Alon Day
Alon Day 202.jpg
Alon Day, 2009
Nationality Israel Israeli
Born (1991-11-04) November 4, 1991 (age 25)
Ashdod (Israel)
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series career
Debut season 2015
Current team CAAL Racing
Car no. 54
Engine Chevrolet
Starts 16
Wins 4
Poles 5
Fastest laps 4
Best finish 2nd in 2015
Previous series
2013–2014
2012
2010–2011
2011
2011
200809
2008–09
2007
FIA GT Series
Firestone Indy Lights
German Formula Three
Austria Formula 3 Cup
Formula 3 Euro Series
Asian Formula Renault
Formula BMW Pacific
Hungarian E-2000
Championship titles
2009 Asian Formula Renault
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)[1]
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Car no., team No. 40/13 (MBM Motorsports)
2016 position 109th
Best finish 109th (2016)
First race 2016 Mid-Ohio Challenge (Mid-Ohio)
Last race 2016 Road America 180 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Truck no., team No. 71 (Contreras Motorsports)
2016 position 62nd
Best finish 62nd (2016)
First race 2016 UNOH 175 (Loudon)
Last race 2016 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 18, 2016.

Alon Day (Hebrew: אלון דאי, born November 4, 1991) is an Israeli professional stock car racing driver.

Day is the first Israeli driver to compete in an IndyCar-sanctioned series.[2] He is also the first Israeli to compete in one of NASCAR's top three touring series. He currently competes part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 40 and No. 13 Dodge Challengers for MBM Motorsports.

Personal life[edit]

Day was born and grew up in Ashdod, Israel, and currently lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, and is Jewish.[3][4][5][6] His father, Avi Day, owns a geological-engineering company involved in mineral drilling, and his mother Maggi originally immigrated to Israel from France.[7][8] He began his racing career with go-karts at the age of 10.[9] For his bar mitzvah, his father gave him as a present a karting vehicle that cost NIS 20,000.[7]

After high school, he performed three years of military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).[4] He was recognized by the IDF as an outstanding sportsman, the only Israeli in a Formula sport to be accorded that status.[7] He was accepted into the Israeli Air Force pilots' training course, but gave it up because of his career.[7] If he were not a racing car driver, he would want to be a fighter pilot.[4]

Racing career[edit]

Day won the Asian Formula Renault Challenge championship in 2009, when he was 17 years old.[10][11] He then drove in the German Formula Three Championship in 2010, racing with the Performance Racing team. He finished ninth in points with a best finish of fourth (twice).

He returned to the series in 2011 driving for HS Engineering. He improved to fourth in points and captured two podium finished of third place. He also won the pole for the second race at Sachsenring. He made six starts in Formula Three Euroseries (two race meets – Norisring and Silverstone Circuit) and drove in two races in Austria Formula 3 Cup, good enough for eighth in that championship.

In 2012 Day's career transitioned to North America, where he signed to drive in the Firestone Indy Lights series with Belardi Auto Racing. Day made six starts for the team before they amicably parted ways in June after qualifying at the Iowa Speedway.[12] He was sponsored by the Jewish Racing Drivers Association.[13]

In 2015 he made his NASCAR debut in the season opener at Valencia, posting a top-10 finish.[14] He attained his first NASCAR win at Magione in the semifinals.[14] At the Circuit Zolder Finals weekend, he won the Junior "Jerome Sarran" Trophy.[14] He also won the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Most Popular Driver Award.[15]

In 2016 Day won his fourth career NASCAR race in the opening weekend in Valencia, won the second race of the season at Brands Hatch, and at Zolder he won the Junior Trophy classification.[14] He also won the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Most Popular Driver Award.[15]

Day in his Xfinity Series car at Road America in 2016.

Also in 2016, Day was named one of the 11 members of the 2016–17 NASCAR Next program, which recognizes young successful drivers from around the world who are seeking to improve.[16][9] Day was the first driver of NASCAR’S European circuit (the Whelen Euro Series), to earn the honor.[9] In August, he joined MBM Motorsports for his Xfinity Series debut at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, making Day the first Israeli to compete in a major NASCAR touring series.[17] The effort was supported by Jewish Sarasota, Florida, environmental/waterfront property lawyer David Levin, who provided Day with $60,000 from his retirement account to fund the car.[18][19][6] After qualifying 22nd, Day capitalized on the rainy conditions to enter the top ten, where he ran for most of the race before finishing 13th.[20][21] Day returned at Road America, driving the No. 13 for MBM and finishing 30th[22] after he was forced off course late in the race. In September, Contreras Motorsports hired Day to make his Camping World Truck Series debut at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in which he finished 24th.[3][23]

In January 2017 Day was recognized by Israel’s Ministry Of Culture and Sports as Israel’s Athlete Of The Year in the motorsports category.[24][19]

Racing record[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Asian Formula Renault Challenge Asia Racing Team 2 0 0 1 0 0 NC†
2009 Asian Formula Renault Challenge March 3 Racing (1–4)
Top Speed Racing Team (5–12)
14 6 4 7 13 293 1st
2010 German Formula Three Championship Performance Racing 18 0 0 0 0 26 9th
2011 German Formula Three Championship HS Technik Motorsport 18 0 1 2 2 62 4th
Formula 3 Euro Series Team HS-Engineering 6 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Austrian Formula Three Series Team HS-Engineering 2 2 0 0 2 40 8th
2012 Firestone Indy Lights Belardi Auto Racing 6 0 0 0 0 147 12th
2013 FIA GT Series HTP Gravity Charouz 12 1 0 1 5 80 5th
2014 FIA GT Series BKK Mobil Oil Racing Team Zakspeed 14 0 0 1 2 60 15th
2015 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series CAAL Racing 12 3 2 3 4 627 2nd
2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series MBM Motorsports 1 0 0 0 N/A -† N/A

† Guest driver - Ineligible to score points.


Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Engine 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 D.C. Points
2011 HS Engineering Volkswagen LEC
1
LEC
2
LEC
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

7
NOR
3

12
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NÜR
3
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

7
VAL
1
VAL
2
VAL
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
NC† 0†

† As Day was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2012 Belardi Auto Racing STP
12
ALA
6
LBH
11
INDY
8
DET
8
MIL
7
IOW
DNS
TOR EDM TRO BAL FON 12th 147

Complete FIA GT Series results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 HTP Gravity Charouz Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Pro NOG
QR

3
NOG
CR

3
ZOL
QR

7
ZOL
CR

Ret
ZAN
QR

2
ZAN
CR

1
SVK
QR

10
SVK
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

Ret
NAV
CR

7
BAK
QR

12
BAK
CR

4
5th 80

NASCAR[edit]

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

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1[edit]

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1 results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 NWES Points
2015 CAAL Racing 54 Chevrolet VAL
9
VAL
19
VEN
11
VEN
9
BRH
10
BRH
3
TOU
4
TOU
8
UMB
1
UMB
16
ZOL
1
ZOL
1
2nd 627
2016 VAL
6
VAL
1
VEN
16
VEN
13
BRH
3
BRH
1
TOU
16
TOU
4
ADR
2
ADR
1
ZOL
7
ZOL
3
3rd 614

1 Ineligible for series points

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About | Alon Day
  2. ^ Belardi signs Israeli driver for Indy Lights campaign, Racer, January 20, 2012, Retrieved 2012-01-21
  3. ^ a b Levin, David (September 21, 2016). "NASCAR's First Israeli Driver to Compete in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series". Florida Waterfront. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Candy Bowl: Alon Day revving up to be NASCAR’s 1st Jewish driver," The NY Daily News.
  5. ^ "Beyond the Cockpit: Alon Day Looks to Become the First Israeli NASCAR Driver"
  6. ^ a b "The Drive of Alon Day: Born in Israel, bred on video games, the Jewish pilot tows NASCAR's latest diversity hopes," Sports Illustrated.
  7. ^ a b c d "Israeli race car drivers stuck in neutral," Haaretz.
  8. ^ "In the driver’s seat," The Jerusalem Post.
  9. ^ a b c "Israel’s first NASCAR driver"
  10. ^ Payment | Driver Database
  11. ^ https://www.thejc.com/sport/sport-news/the-go-kart-kid-looking-for-a-winning-formula-1.20313
  12. ^ Belardi Auto Racing and Alon Day part ways, IndyCar, June 27, 2012, Retrieved 2012-06-27
  13. ^ https://www.thejc.com/sport/sport-news/a-special-day-for-alon-20-1.31628
  14. ^ a b c d Alon Day | NASCAR Home Tracks
  15. ^ a b [1]
  16. ^ "FUTURE STARS UNVEILED IN NASCAR NEXT 2016-17 CLASS". NASCAR. May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ Knight, Chris (July 23, 2016). "NASCAR Next's Alon Day To Make XFINITY Series Debut At Mid-Ohio". Catchfence. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  18. ^ Gluck, Jeff (August 13, 2016). "Alon Day poised to make NASCAR history as first Israeli driver". USA Today. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "NASCAR Driver Alon Day, 25, Is Israel's Athlete of the Year," Tablet Magazine.
  20. ^ "2016 Mid-Ohio Challenge". Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  21. ^ Kraft, RJ (August 13, 2016). "NASCAR NEXT'S ALON DAY HAS STRONG SHOWING AT MID-OHIO". NASCAR. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  22. ^ "2016 Road America 180". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  23. ^ "2016 UNOH 175". Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  24. ^ Alon Day Receives Israel’s Athlete Of The Year Award - automobilsport.com

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