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Day Looks At 2017 and Future

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Alon Day currently races in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, but spent two races in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series competition. Day was named Israel’s Athlete of the Year in 2017, but hopes to make is way to the United States to race in the three national divisions.

His hopes are to race in the Trucks or Xfinity Series, but it becomes complicated when it comes to sponsorship. Day is actively pursuing to find sponsorship to run a full season in the Truck series. Day knows that if he cannot find the sponsorship in the States that the Euro series has a spot for him, where he has the chance to win a championship.

If Day cannot find a sponsorship he hopes to be able to race in the road course races at the Xfinity level or at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the Truck series. Those races were considered the “most valuable” in his career. The Euro cars, according to Day, are just like the Xfinity cars, but with more power. However, when he went to drive in the Trucks, it was a totally different world because he was racing on ovals. Day has no experience on ovals because the Euro series races primarily on road courses. Day raced in the IndyLights Series, but used New Hampshire and Homestead in the trucks to “absorb information and knowledge” on oval racing.

Day currently resides in Tel Aviv, Israel, but recognizes that to race in NASCAR’s three national divisions, he must live in the United States. “My main priority here in NASCAR, doesn’t matter where (series), but to be here in the United States and not in Europe.”

Going back to Europe is considered a “step down” for Day because he feels like he is ready to race with the best in the States, but he understands that it is “part of life”.

With the talk of NASCAR adding another road course into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Day would like to see a street course added to the circuit.

Day has only been in NASCAR since 2012, but motorsports was illegal in Israel. Day uses motorsports as a “measure of things in his life.” Day’s vision has always been “the highest level of motorsports”, whether it is NASCAR or Formula One (F1). Day began to work towards the top ranks of F1, but realized that Europe was not the place for him to be. Racing in NASCAR is “truly special” for Day.

Day mentioned that when he grew up in Israel, people thought NASCAR was just drivers sitting in the car turning left. Since Day has success in the Euro Series, races are now being broadcasted and people are truly beginning to see that NASCAR is truly one of the toughest sports in the world.

Caleb Whisler

I am 19 years old from Atlanta, GA. I have been following motorsports since I was born. Motorsports has been "passed down" in my family. I am named after NASCAR Hall of Famer, William Caleb Yarborough, also known as Cale. Growing up in the southeast, racing was something that was a Sunday tradition after church. What an honor it is to share that passion with others.


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