Nur Ali

Nur B. Ali (Urdu: نو ر علی ) (born October 12, 1974 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a Pakistani American race car driver. He is the first Pakistani to become a professional racing driver,[citation needed] and a former two-time Southwest Formula Mazda Series Champion. Ali also drove in the A1 Grand Prix series for Team Pakistan.

Nur Ali
Born (1974-10-12) October 12, 1974 (age 46)
Karachi, Pakistan
Achievements2001, 2002 Southwest Formula Mazda Champion
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2012 position93rd
Best finish93rd (2012)
First race2012 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of February 28, 2013.

Early lifeEdit

Nur was interested in racing since he was four years old when he lived in Germany. He moved to Texas with his family when he was 8 years old and he currently resides in Dallas suburb of Irving.

Nur graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1998. He was Vice President of Washington, D.C. Federation of College Republicans in 1995 and interned for Congressman Joe Barton, R-Texas, in Washington, D.C. in 1995.[citation needed]

Racing careerEdit

After graduating from college, Ali pursued a career racing by going to Skip Barber Racing School. When he completed the course and picked up his racing license, Ali took part in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Southern Race Series and becoming the first racing driver from Pakistan. In 2000, Ali and his brother set up Ali Motorsports, so that he could compete in the Southwest Formula Mazda Series which he won in 2001 and 2002. Then in 2006, he joined racing series A1 Grand Prix where he raced for A1 Team Pakistan for a season. In late 2007, Nur decided to switch to stock car racing, and after a successful test for Cunningham Motorsports, Ali drove in the 2008 Daytona ARCA 200. In 2009, he drove again for Cunningham Motorsports. After joining the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Texas Governor Rick Perry presented Ali with an official commendation, and the Mayor of the city of Southlake, Texas, proclaimed January 25, 2008 as Nur Ali Day.

In 2012, Ali made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving for Rick Ware Racing in two events late in the season,[1] but wrecked 3 cars in his first career start at Kentucky Speedway and then was not cleared to race in his next attempt at Texas Motor Speedway.[2]

He currently competes in the Global RallyCross Championship Lites series.[3]

Racing recordEdit

Season Series Team Races wins Poles Fast laps Points Pos.
2010 ARCA RE/MAX Series DGM Racing 1 0 0 0 120 112th
2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Cunningham Motorsports 3 0 0 0 220 97th
2008 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 2 0 0 0 30 18th
2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Cunningham Motorsports 2 0 0 0 420 63rd
2008 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 4 2 2 0 108 3rd
2007 Star Mazda Ali Motorsports 1 0 0 0 16 31st
2007 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 4 1 2 0 86 6th
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Pakistan 20 0 0 0 1 22nd (1)
2006 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 3 0 1 0 64 8th
2006 Star Mazda Ali Motorsports 6 0 0 0 78 32nd
2006 Star Mazda Expert Series Ali Motorsports 6 0 0 0 73 5th
2004 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 6 0 0 0 82 17th
2003 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 11 0 1 0 193 4th
2002 (Fall) Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 5 3 1 0 64 1st
2002 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 14 0 1 0 240 3rd
2001 (Fall) Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 6 1 0 0 138 1st
2001 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 11 0 0 0 192 7th
2000 Southwest Formula Mazda Ali Motorsports 9 0 0 0 143 5th
  • (1) = Team standings.

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NNSC Pts Ref
2012 Rick Ware Racing 41 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN
33
TEX 92nd 11 [4]
70 PHO
QL
HOM
- Qualified for Timmy Hill

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts Ref
2008 Cunningham Motorsports 45 Dodge DAY
23
SLM IOW KAN CAR KEN TOL POC MCH CAY KEN BLN POC NSH ISF DSF CHI SLM NJE TAL TOL
35
63rd 420 [5]
2009 DAY
38
SLM 97th 220 [6]
Derrike Cope, Inc. 14 Dodge CAR
21
TAL KEN TOL POC
17 MCH
35
MFD IOW KEN BLN POC ISF CHI TOL DSF NJE SLM KAN CAR
2010 DGM Racing 10 Chevy DAY PBE SLM TEX
22
TAL TOL POC MCH IOW MFD POC BLN NJE ISF CHI DSF TOL SLM KAN CAR 112th 120 [7]

Complete A1 Grand Prix resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

A1 Grand Prix results
Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 A1 Team Pakistan NED
SPR

20
NED
FEA

Ret
CZE
SPR

20
CZE
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

21
CHN
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

18
MYS
FEA

21
IDN
SPR

20
IDN
FEA

15
NZL
SPR

18
NZL
FEA

18
AUS
SPR

20
AUS
FEA

Ret
RSA
SPR

18
RSA
FEA

10
MEX
SPR

15
MEX
FEA

21
CHN
SPR

20
CHN
FEA

18
GBR
SPR

Ret
GBR
SPR

17
22nd 1

Complete Global RallyCross Championship resultsEdit

GRC LitesEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Lites Points
2015 AF Racing Lites Ford Fiesta FTA
6
DAY1
6
DAY2
9
MCAS
9
DET1
10
DET2
4
DC
7
LA1
6
LA2
7
BAR1
9
BAR2
7
LV
13
7th 226
2016 Rhys Millen Racing Lites Ford Fiesta PHO1 PHO2 DAL
12
DAY1 DAY2 MCAS1 MCAS2  DC
AC
SEA
LA1
LA2
22nd 3

 Race cancelled.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adamczyk, Jay (October 10, 2012). "Nur Ali to make two starts for Rick Ware". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  2. ^ "NASCAR doesn't approve Nur Ali to race at Texas". The Associated Press. USA Today. October 31, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
  3. ^ "Ali Makes Progress at MCAS New River Despite the Lack of Results". Nur Ali Motorsports. July 8, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  4. ^ "Nur Ali – 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "Nur Ali – 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Nur Ali – 2009 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  7. ^ "Nur Ali – 2010 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved April 29, 2020.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Quad Boenker
Southwest Formula Mazda champion
2001 (Fall)
Succeeded by
Brad Pollard
Preceded by
Brad Pollard
Southwest Formula Mazda champion
2002 (Fall)
Succeeded by
Darryl Wills