After Daytona Doubleheader, Ali is Sixth in GRC Lites Championship Standings

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After Daytona Doubleheader, Ali is Sixth in GRC Lites Championship Standings

FORT WORTH, TX (June 23, 2015) – Nur Ali’s weekend at Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona can be described in two words – roller coaster. Despite the peaks and valleys, the GRC Lites rookie gained valuable rallycross experience and with a sixth and ninth place finish in the finals, he sits firmly in sixth place in the championship standings.

In round one, Ali struggled to find his rhythm on the tricky dirt section of the 0.931 mile course. Add to that a broken drive shaft in heat two and a penalty for changing lanes on the start in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) and you have the makings of a frustrating day. In the final all that changed. The Trophy Club, TX resident found his stride and battled hard for eight laps and scored his second consecutive sixth place finish.

The second round of the doubleheader event started strongly for Ali with a solid third place finish in heat one. The elation was short lived though as he struggled in heat two and was forced to compete in the LCQ.
Ali needed a fourth place finish in order to transfer to the final. On the start, he quickly moved to second place but on lap two his chances looked bleak after he got into the back of Harry Cheung. The impact caused significant damage to the front of the No. 42 Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry. A dislodged hood limited Ali’s ability to see and he dropped back to fifth place. With a never say die attitude, he charged on and managed to take the checkers in third place.

In the final, Ali didn’t hold back. He quickly worked his way to the fifth position but a incident in turn one shuffled him to the back of the 10 car field. With only a few laps remaining, Ali hit his marks and made his way to ninth place at the checkered flag.

“Daytona was supposed to be a homecoming but it certainly didn’t feel like it,” said Ali, who had two previous starts at Daytona on the 2.5 mile superspeedway. “Even though the results were mixed there was a lot of good that came out of the weekend. Prior to these rounds I basically had no experience on dirt since Ft. Lauderdale was mainly asphalt. I now have a much better understanding of rallycross and what to expect for the rest of the season. I also discovered how solid my team is. No matter what happened, Aldo and the AF Racing guys overcame it. I can’t thank them enough.”

To watch the action from Daytona tune to NBCSN on Friday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

The next race for Ali is Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River held at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, NC on July 5. This round is free to the general public.

For more information on Nur Ali visit NurAli.com.

Contact: Craig Bailey
Ali Motorsports
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GRC Lites Rookie Nur Ali No Stranger to Daytona

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FORT WORTH, TX (June 17, 2015) – For Nur Ali, this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona is a bit of a homecoming. The doubleheader event is only the second series start for the Lites driver but it marks his third start at the famed Daytona International Speedway. In 2008 and 2009, Ali competed on the 2.5 mile Superspeedway in the ARCA Racing Series. This weekend’s activities will be slightly different.

“It’s fantastic to return to Daytona,” said Ali, who pilots the No. 42 Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry. “I have great memories of racing at 200 mph on the oval, but I’m not here to reminisce. I’m here to make new memories. GRC has amazing action and I’m stoked to be a part of this weekend’s excitement.”
The Daytona course, situated in the infield, is 0.931 miles in length with a surface mix of about 70% asphalt – 30% dirt. Included is a dirt tabletop jump.

With only one GRC Lites race under his belt and limited experience on dirt, Ali knew he needed more seat time before this weekend’s doubleheader. Following the season opener in Ft. Lauderdale, he spent a few days at Rally Ready Driving School in Austin to sharpen his skills.

“I still have a lot to learn about competing on dirt,” said Ali. “But after spending a few more days with Dave (Carapetyan) and the Rally Ready team, I’m definitely starting to get more comfortable.”

Carapetyan, owner of Rally Ready, serves as Ali’s spotter and driver coach on race weekends.

“The season opener gave us a taste of success and we loved it,” added Ali. “Winning the LCQ and finishing sixth in the final was a confidence boost. This weekend, we want to build upon those successes and hopefully stand on the podium.”

A resident of Trophy Club, TX, Ali has been competing in a variety of motorsports genres for the past 17 years. He earned the distinction of becoming the first professional Pakistani-born race car driver, competed internationally in A1 Grand Prix – World Cup of Motorsports, captured two Formula Mazda Championships and two Legends Car Championships, competed in 12 countries on five continents as well as in select NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Racing Series races.

Ali competes in GRC Lites with San Bernardino, CA-based AF Racing. His AF Racing teammate Alejandro Fernandez is currently second in the series championship.

The 12-race GRC Lites schedule in 2015, its longest ever, kicked off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in May and culminates in Las Vegas in November. The eight-city tour includes four doubleheader events, as well as the class’ first trip outside of the United States with an October visit to Barbados. All races will be telecast on NBCSN.

For more information on Nur Ali visit NurAli.com.

Contact: Craig Bailey
Ali Motorsports
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Nur Ali Finishes Sixth in GRC Lites Final

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Ali Satisfied With GRC Lites Debut; Finishes Sixth in Final
FORT WORTH, TX (June 2, 2015) – Nur Ali had an action packed debut weekend in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) Lites series in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Trophy Club, TX resident experienced highs and lows and walked away with a respectable sixth place finish in the main event. He also took the victory in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) heat race.

In the first heat race, Ali was slow to get away. Lined up in the fourth starting spot, he fell to fifth heading into turn one. On lap three, he took the Joker Lap, gained back the position and cruised to the checkered in fourth place. The Joker Lap is a different route which typically shortens the length of the track, significantly forcing a driver to make strategic decisions about when to take it. Drivers can take one Joker Lap per race.

Ali’s second heat race was over before it even started. After completing two laps, the engine on his No. 42 Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry went into safe mode due to a minor cooling issue and forced him to retire.
Without qualifying for the final, Ali was forced to compete in the LCQ. Starting from the rear, he charged into turn one glued to the rear bumper of leader Collete Davis. On the third lap, he slipped by Davis in turn five to take the lead and the victory.

Ali lined up in the seventh spot at the start of the 10-lap main event. As the drivers were finding their rhythm, the race was halted on lap five after a scary incident involving Davis and Miles Maroney that saw Davis’ car wedged between the retaining wall and jump. She was unhurt in the incident. Due to live TV obligations, GRC officials pushed back the restart until after the Supercar final.

On the restart, Ali quickly found himself in a fierce battle with Maroney over sixth spot. The two swapped positions lap after lap but when the checkered flag waved, Ali secured the sixth place finish.

“What a weekend,” said Ali. “We experienced it all. Highs and lows but overall it was satisfying to survive the weekend with a sixth place finish. GRC puts on an amazing event. So much action and intensity crammed into two-days. I’m hooked and can’t thank everyone enough for making this weekend so successful including AF Racing, Valvoline, Tweaker Energy Shot, adidas and Rally Ready Driving School. I can’t wait to get to Daytona in a few weeks.”

To watch the action from Ft. Lauderdale tune to NBCSN on Wednesday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
The next race for Ali is the Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona Beach held at the historic Daytona International Speedway on June 19-21..

For more information on Nur Ali visit NurAli.com.

Contact: Craig Bailey
Ali Motorsports
704.904.8306 (mobile)
cbailey@alimotorsports.com