By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) – Alon Day will become the first driver from Israel to compete in NASCAR’s top Cup series this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.
Day will drive for BK Racing in No. 23 Toyota. The 25-year-old from Tel Aviv as named Israel’s 2016 “Athlete of the Year.” EarthWater Limited will sponsor Day’s car at Sonoma.
Day last week won the NASCAR Whelen Euro race in England
Day also this year is running for the Euro Series Championship with plans to race again in the Monster Energy Cup Series NASCAR race at Watkins Glen in New York.
Day is one of 11 drivers selected to the 2016-2017 NASCAR Next class, which is an initiative that recognizes young drivers moving up the NASCAR ladder.