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January 29, 2017 6:55 am

NASCAR’s Alon Day Says His Success Has Changed the Way Israel Perceives Racing

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Alon Day. Photo: Instagram.

Alon Day. Photo: Instagram.

An Israeli NASCAR driver has asserted that his success has changed his country’s perception of motorsports.

Alon Day, 25, told reporters at a press conference this week that when he was growing up, Israelis thought NASCAR drivers were “just people who turn left and that’s it. [People] sitting in a car and just turning left.” Now that he has racked up a number of accomplishments as a race car driver, he said, including being recognized by Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sports as Athlete of the Year for 2016, Israelis are getting “more and more interested in the sport.”

He added, “When I started racing in 2012, motorsports were illegal in Israel…[but] NASCAR races are now broadcast [there]. I’m really glad people have the opportunity to understand and realize [that it’s] one of the toughest races in the world.”

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Day also noted that in his youth, he had no exposure to motorsports and “no knowledge about racing.”

Watch Alon Day talk about Israel and NASCAR racing below:

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