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NASCAR's first Israeli driver

 

February 16, 2018

Alon Day at the NASCAR finales.

Israeli native Alon Day was recognized by The Algemeiner newspaper as among "The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017." The accolade caps an incredible year for Day, which included being named "Israel's Athlete of the Year"; debuting as a driver for BK Racing against the world's top stock car drivers in NASCAR's highest level, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; and earning the title champion of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

Day shares the Top 100 list with luminaries that include Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the US; Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer; Vice President Mike Pence; Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Lillian Pinkus, president of AIPAC; Sheldon Adelson; Bob Dylan; and Gal Gadot.

When notified of his selection, Day said he was "really excited and honored to be part of a list that included such well-known and great names." Day, who regularly waves the Israeli flag in victory lane, further said, "Wherever I go and race, I am proud to represent the Jewish community and Israel, that will always be a part of me."

Born in Ashdod, Israel, Day now lives in Tel Aviv. Currently 26, he began his motorsports career at the age of nine.

 

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