Alon Day is getting the break he’s been working on for the past several months.
The Ashdod, Israel native, who currently resides in Tel Aviv, will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway next weekend. BK Racing will field an effort for Day, who will drive the No. 23 Toyota Camry as he becomes the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver and first Israeli to make a start in NASCAR’s premier division.
“I’m very excited to make my debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next week in Sonoma,” Day said in a release. “Being the first Israeli who is going to race in NASCAR’s highest series is a dream come true. I must thank BK Racing, EarthWater Limited, as well as Hall of Famer Franco Harris, Super Bakery and Silversport for giving me this awesome opportunity.”
I’m so glad to announce that I will be racing the EarthWater Toyota of BK Racing next weekend in Sonoma!
I am so excited about it!! pic.twitter.com/rX0RFPzrNy
— Alon Day (@Alon_Day) June 16, 2017
Day’s No. 23 car is being funded by EarthWater Limited, a Dallas-Forth Worth-based company that will sponsor a Cup car for the first time.
“I like giving new drivers an opportunity, and Alon is a great road course driver,” team owner Ron Devine said. “He has been successful in other series around the world and deserves a shot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”
Besides competing at Sonoma, Day will race at Watkins Glen International in August, along with XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races should the funding arise.
The Israeli native sits second in the Whelen Euro Series standings, fresh off a win at Brands Hatch Circuit. He made two XFINITY Series starts last year for MBM Motorsports, finishing a team-best 13th at Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course in a Dodge, running as high as third in the rain.
Day originally planned on competing full-time in the Truck Series in 2017, but the proper funding did not come together prior to the start of the season.