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Alon Day

Alon Day

Israeli racing driver
Alon Day
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Israeli racing driver
Is Racecar driver
From France
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 4 November 1991, Ashdod, Israel
Age: 28 years
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
The details

Biography

Alon Day (Hebrew: אלון דאי, born November 4, 1991) is an Israeli professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, driving the No. 54 Chevrolet SS for CAAL Racing and is a two-time champion in the series. Day is the first Israeli driver to compete in an IndyCar-sanctioned series and is also the first Israeli to compete in one of NASCAR's top three touring series.

Racing career

Day won the Asian Formula Renault Challenge championship in 2009, when he was 17 years old. 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. He was sponsored by the Jewish Racing Drivers Association.

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

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. He also won the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Most Popular Driver Award.

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. Day was the first driver of NASCAR’S European circuit (the Whelen Euro Series), to earn the honor. 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. 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. 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. Day returned at Road America, driving the No. 13 for MBM and finishing 30th 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.

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. On June 11, Day won the NASCAR Whelen Euro race in England on June 11 at Brands Hatch. Later in June, Day joined BK Racing for his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in Sonoma Raceway's Toyota/Save Mart 350, driving the No. 23 Toyota Camry. After starting 32nd, he finished in the same position. He became the first Israeli to compete in a Cup Series race. In mid-October, following a fourth-place finish at the second final of the NASCAR Whelen Euro race at Circuit Zolder, he became the first Israeli driver to win a NASCAR championship, clinching the 2017 championship title after only completing just the first lap, finishing the final standings 53 points ahead of defending and two-time series champion Anthony Kumpen.

On September 17, 2018, it was announced that Day would return to the NASCAR Cup Series driving the No. 23 Camry for BK Racing at Richmond.

In the 2019 season, Day started his season strongly after he won both races at Franciacorta and the first race at Brands Hatch. However, he would retire from both races at Most after he collided with Jacques Villeneuve in the first race and was involved in a first corner incident in the second race. Another troublesome week at Hockenheim would follow where Day received a post-race time penalty for colliding with Stienes Longin in the first race before retiring from the lead in the second race. Day would eventually finish the season in fourth place with 3 wins, 6 podium finishes, and 9 Top-10 finishes.

Personal life

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

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

Racing record

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 4 3 4 627 2nd
2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series MBM Motorsports 1 0 0 0 N/A -† N/A
2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series CAAL Racing 12 3 5 3 6 614 3rd
2017 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series CAAL Racing 12 4 5 4 8 661 1st
2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series CAAL Racing 12 7 6 3 9 512 1st
2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series CAAL Racing 13 3 2 2 6 473 4th

Guest driver - Ineligible to score points.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results

(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 LEC1 LEC2 LEC3 HOC1 HOC2 HOC3 ZAN1 ZAN2 ZAN3 RBR1 RBR2 RBR3 NOR1
8
NOR2
7
NOR3
12
NÜR1 NÜR2 NÜR3 SIL1
11
SIL2
Ret
SIL3
7
VAL1 VAL2 VAL3 HOC1 HOC2 HOC3 NC† 0†

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

Indy Lights

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

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 NOGQR
3
NOGCR
3
ZOLQR
7
ZOLCR
Ret
ZANQR
2
ZANCR
1
SVKQR
10
SVKCR
Ret
NAVQR
Ret
NAVCR
7
BAKQR
12
BAKCR
4
5th 80

NASCAR

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

Monster Energy Cup Series

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 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 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2017 BK Racing 23 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON
DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 44th 5
2018 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH
CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 48th 1

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 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 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2016 MBM Motorsports 40 Dodge DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH
BRI 109th 0
13 ROA
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2016 Contreras Motorsports 71 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA
LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
62nd 16

Season still in progress
Ineligible for series points

Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1 results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 NWES Pts
2015 CAAL Racing 54 Chevy 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
2017 VAL
20
VAL
3
BRH
3
BRH
1*
VEN
3
VEN
5
HOC
4
HOC
2
FRA
1*
FRA
1**
ZOL
1**
ZOL
4
1st 661
2018 VAL
1*
VAL
1*
FRA
1*
FRA
29
1st 512
Toyota BRH
21
BRH
3
TOU
2
TOU
1*
HOC
15
HOC
1*
ZOL
1*
ZOL
1*
2019 Chevy VAL
3
VAL
4
FRA
1*
FRA
1*
BRH
1
BRH
3
MOS
20
MOS
22
VEN
8
HOC
14
HOC
26
ZOL
6
ZOL
2
4th 473
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 09 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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