KANSAS CITY, KS (October 20, 2012) – Fort Worth, Texas native Nur Ali made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway today, finishing 33rd in the No. 41 Chevrolet after a crash ended his day. Ali, the first and only race car driver of Pakistani descent, started 41st.
“I can’t thank team owner Rick Ware, my crew chief George Church and the rest of my crew enough for all their support this weekend,” said Ali. “It did not start out as I had hoped, but as I gained more experience, things started to fall into place. We were running on the lead lap when the car got loose in turn three and I got into the wall. The damage was too much for me to safely continue. We will regroup and try again at Texas Motor Speedway, my hometown track, in two weeks.”
Prior to setting his sights on a career in NASCAR, Ali he spent several years competing internationally. He was the driver for Team Pakistan in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport during the 2006-2007 season. He also spent eight seasons competing in the Star Mazda Series, scoring two championships.
Ali’s next race is the November 3 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information on Nur Ali, visit AliMotorsports.com or on Twitter at @NurAli.