Israeli driver Alon Day races to first NASCAR championship


Alon Day sitting next to his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Mid-Ohio Challenge in Lexington, Aug. 12, 2016. (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Israeli race car driver Alon Day has won his first NASCAR championship.

Day finished first in the standings in the auto racing group’s European series, which ended Sunday with a race in Belgium. The Israeli was fourth in the race — he needed only to complete the first lap to take home the title after being well ahead in the rankings, The Times of Israel reported.

He had finished second and third in the European series standings the past two seasons.

“It is such an amazing feeling!” Day was quoted as saying in the racing website. “We were trying so hard the past three years to win this title; we won so many races but never the championship.”

Day, 25, who grew up in Ashdod, has done the bulk of his training on computer-screen simulators because Israel did not have a motor sport race track until this year.

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