Israeli racecar driver wins European NASCAR championship


( Racecar driver Alon Day became the first Israeli competitor to win a NASCAR series Sunday, placing first in the American motorsports giant’s European circuit.

Israeli NASCAR racer Alon Day. Credit: Courtesy of Alon Day.

“It is such an amazing feeling! We were trying so hard the past three years to win this title, we won so many races but never the championship,” Day said after winning the Whelen Euro championship in Belgium, reported.

“Finishing the season like this is the sweetest thing I can ask,” he said. “We finally made it. I have no words right now.”

Day, 26, from Ashdod, topped the Whelen Euro standings after finishing fourth in Sunday’s race. He had only needed to complete one lap to secure the title. The Israeli driver finished second and third, respectively, in the European circuit’s previous two seasons. He has also won the Asian Formula Renault Series and the FIA GT Championship.

In January, Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sport named Day as its Athlete of the Year for 2016.

Posted on October 17, 2017 .