Ali Scores Career Best Finish in Detroit

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Ali Scores Career Best Finish in Detroit
FORT WORTH, TX (July 28, 2015) – Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit at Belle Isle, a doubleheader event, brought Nur Ali highs and lows but in the end he left the renowned street circuit with the feeling of relief. After a rough start to the season, the Trophy Club, TX resident scored a career best fourth place finish, one spot from the podium. Ali currently sits seventh in the Lites Championship.

The race weekend got off to a slow start. On Friday, issues with the jump forced the cancellation of all track activities. With a condensed schedule for round one on Saturday, the Lites drivers were limited to five laps of practice before the only heat race of the day.

“We were very limited with track time,” said Ali, driver of the No. 42 Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry. “We barely had time to learn this difficult circuit. It’s narrow with no run off leaving little room for error. It definitely made it a challenge.”

In the heat race, Ali drove a flawless race despite the limited track time and scored a solid third place finish. He was looking to carry that success to the final but it was not to be.

“Coming off the dirt on lap eight, I clipped the wall with the right front and it ended our race,” explained Ali. “It’s a shame because there were only two laps remaining and we were running sixth at the time.”

He finished the final in tenth place.

In round two, held on Sunday, Ali struggled to match his pace of the previous day. With a fourth and fifth place finish in heat one and two respectively, he raced his way into the final via a second place finish in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ).

Starting the final in the eighth position, Ali made a quick getaway but when the field entered turn two, carnage ensued. Heads up driving allowed him to maneuver his way through the scattered cars and emerge unscathed in fifth spot.

“It was a mess in turn two,” said Ali. “At one point I didn’t think I was going to make it through, but somehow I did. A well-timed Joker Lap moved us to fourth and after that I just hit my marks and drove to the checkered flag. I couldn’t have done it without Dave, my spotter. He made sure I was aware of everything around so all I had to do was focus out front.”

He finished round two’s final in fourth place.

To watch the action from Detroit tune to NBCSN on Wednesday, July 29 at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
The next race for Ali and the Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot team is Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC on August 15 held at RFK Stadium.

For more information on Nur Ali visit NurAli.com.

Contact: Craig Bailey
Ali Motorsports
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Ali Looking to Turn His Season Around at Belle Isle

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Ali Looking to Turn His Season Around at Belle Isle 
FORT WORTH, TX (July 23, 2015) – As the Red Bull Global Rallycross series heads to Belle Isle in Detroit, MI this weekend, the 2015 season will reach the halfway point. Lites driver Nur Ali, competing in his rookie season, is pleased with his progress to date but hopes the doubleheader race weekend at this iconic facility will be the turning point of his season.

“Competing in GRC has been an incredible experience so far,” said Ali, driver of the No. 42 Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry. “The season started out strong for us in Fort Lauderdale with a win in the LCQ and sixth place in our first final. I left there with confidence and headed to Daytona certain we would continue to build upon that success.”

At the Daytona round, a doubleheader event, Ali struggled to duplicate his results from the previous round. He did manage a sixth place finish in the first of the two finals but in the second, issues with the dirt section and the car relegated him to a ninth place finish.

“Daytona was an eye opening experience for me,” added Ali. “I was plenty quick on the fast tarmac sections but once we hit the dirt, I found myself out of my comfort zone. That’s one of the things I love the most about motorsports. Even with 17 years experience, there is always a new challenge.”

Over the Fourth of July weekend, the series made the trek to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River. Ali was confident that his recent on track experience coupled with the nearly 10 days since May spent at Rally Ready Driving School in Austin would be enough to help him move closer to a podium finish. That was not the case.

“MCAS New River was a humbling experience,” said Ali. “I’m normally smooth and controlled on tarmac but a small error going through a fast right hand corner sent me into the tire barrier. Luckily, the damage wasn’t major and I carried on.

“In the dirt hairpin, I found a good rhythm which was something I was unable to do in Daytona. I thought that I had finally found my stride but when I spun in that section during the final it ruined the chances for a solid finish. It reminded me that I still have a way to go.”

Ali heads to Belle Isle with the lessons learned throughout the season and is hopeful that the .757 miles course with its long straightaways and sharp tarmac corners will bring him the success he seeks.

“The Belle Isle course should be one I shine on,” said Ali. “It’s a traditional street course but with the added excitement of a jump and dirt section. After a rough and tumble start to the season, I’m ready to raise the trophy on the podium.”

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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cbailey@alimotorsports.com

Ali Makes Progress at MCAS New River Despite the Lack of Results

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Ali Makes Progress at MCAS New River Despite the Lack of Results
FORT WORTH, TX (July 8, 2015) – With one-third of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites season complete, Nur Ali sees progress despite not having the finishes to show for it. In the fourth event, held over the Fourth of July weekend at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, NC, Ali displayed his ability to be quick but minor errors prevented him from scoring a solid finish. With a ninth place finish in the final, the Trophy Club, TX resident sits seventh in the championship standings.

“I’m frustrated with our results,” said Ali. “But I’m seeing progress every race so I know we are going in the right direction. History has shown that new rallycross drivers need time to adapt to this style of racing, I’m no different. I’ve shown that I can be fast. I just need more consistency.”

The race, the first for the series on an active military base, started with a setback. A faulty valve stem caused a flat tire before the No. 42 Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry left the paddock for the morning warmup. Heat one didn’t go much better.

“In the first heat, I got a good start and was settling in when I missed my braking point and stuffed it in the tire barrier,” said Ali. “Aldo and the rest of the team did an awesome job of getting the car race ready for heat two.”
In heat two, Ali battled with his teammate Alejo Fernandez for the duration of the race. It was a clean, tight battle that gave Ali a boost of confidence. Despite the solid performance it was not enough to transfer to final. Next up was the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ).

Ali made a strong start in the LCQ and found himself once again battling Fernandez, this time for the win. Knowing that a fourth place finish or better is all that was need to transfer, he made the wise decision to hold his position and took the checkered flag in second.

“After the day I had, I knew the smart thing to do was to bring the car home in second,” added Ali. “As much as I wanted to win, I never lost sight of the big picture.”

In the final, Ali once again made a strong start but the elation was short lived. Entering the dirt hairpin on lap four, a small miscalculation caused him to find the tire bundle on the inside of the corner. While sitting in the middle of the track and trying to reverse, Collete Davis struck Ali’s driver side door. The damage to the No. 42 car was minimal but unfortunately ended Davis’ race. Ali continued on and finished ninth.

“It was disappointing to have trouble in the final,” said Ali. “This series is so competitive that one small mistake takes you out of contention. I need to apologize to Collete since it was my mistake that ended her day. The weekend wasn’t a total bust though. My lap times continue to improve and now I need to work on being more consistent.”

To watch the action from MCAS New River tune to NBCSN on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

The next race for Ali is Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit, a doubleheader event held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on July 25 and 26.

For more information on Nur Ali visit NurAli.com.

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

GRC Lites Driver Nur Ali Reflects on the American Dream

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Competing at MCAS New River, Ali Reflects on the American Dream

FORT WORTH, TX (July 2, 2015) – With the Red Bull Global Rallycross competing at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, NC over Independence Day weekend, it gives Nur Ali reason to reflect upon what it means to be an American and the freedoms and opportunities that come with it.

Ali, driver of the No. 42 Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry in GRC Lites, was born in Karachi, Pakistan. His family moved to Hamburg, Germany when he was an infant but only stayed for eight years.

“I remember my time in Germany well,” said Ali. “It’s where I developed my passion for motorsports but also where I first encountered racial prejudice. At that time, some Germans weren’t accepting of those not originally from their country. It was common to see racist graffiti that said ‘Auslander Raus’ which translates to Foreigners Out.”
Wanting a better life with more freedom, Ali’s family immigrated to the United States.

“As a young boy moving to this country, I didn’t know what it meant to be an American or about the American dream,” said the Trophy Club, TX resident. “But after living here for more than 32 years and knowing the rights, freedoms and opportunities my family and I have, I can proudly say that it’s great to be an American.”

The American dream is the national ethos of the US, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.
“I am fortunate and humbled to be living the American dream,” continued Ali. “When my parents came to this country they had nothing, but they worked hard and believed anything was possible. Because of their hard work, I am not only living my dreams as a professional race car driver, but I can pass the same American values and work ethic to my son who was born in this great land.”

Competing on July 5 in front of the troops, Ali is reminded of those who protect his freedoms and allow his family to prosper.

“I’m honored to be entertaining the troops on the fourth of July weekend,” said Ali. “The freedoms and opportunities we have are because of the men and women in our military. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank them enough for their service.”

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
704.904.8306 (mobile)
cbailey@alimotorsports.com