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Ali Fast in Washington but Visibility Issues Relegated Him to Seventh
FORT WORTH, TX (August 20, 2015) – Nur Ali didn’t get the results he had expected at Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington but he left the nation’s capital feeling extremely positive and with the knowledge that he has found his stride in rallycross racing. The Trophy Club, TX resident scored a seventh place finish in the final but the results don’t tell the complete story.
“It’s disappointing to not get the results we had hoped for,” said Ali. “Having scored my career best finish in the previous round in Detroit, we had high expectations coming into this event. But despite only a seventh place finish, I proved that I can be consistently fast. Having that knowledge gives me more confidence and gets me excited for the remaining five races.”
In his two heats races, Ali shined brightly. He was blindingly fast in heat one, running laps on pace with the series leaders and taking the checkered in third position. In heat two, the rookie driver stumbled on the start but quickly recovered to stage a fierce battle with Joachim Hvaal. In the end, he crossed the finished line in fourth.
“The heat races were not only fun, they were also rewarding,” said Ali. “My lap times were as quick as the front runners and I had some decent results to show for my efforts. I can look back to the beginning of the season and see clear progress. It’s a great feeling.”
In the final, Ali started his Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry from the eighth starting spot. His start was nearly perfect and he immediately found himself among the top five. As the field approached the dirt section and jump, Ali looked to make his move but was delivered a cruel blow.
“When I came out of the jump I couldn’t see a thing,” explained Ali. “When the cars in front landed in the dirt, it covered, and I mean completely covered my windshield with mud. My visibility went from 100% to 1% in an instance. I could make out the brake lights of the cars in front but that’s all I could see. I was driving blind. It took me a few corners before I could get the windshield wipers on but by that time I was passed by most of the field and lost a lot of time. It was catchup after that.”
Ali never gave up. He clawed his way back through the field but was only able to make up a few spots to finish seventh.
“It’s frustrating because I knew we were capable of a better finish but that’s racing I guess,” added Ali. “It’s still a positive weekend though. We proved something here. The Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot car prepared by AF Racing is a rocket ship and soon we will have that first podium finish.”
The next race for Ali is Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angles, a double header event, on September 12 and 13.
For more information on Nur Ali visit NurAli.com.
Contact: Craig Bailey