Alon Day will try for his fourth NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship in 2021 with a familiar team. On Sunday, Day announced he will rejoin CAAL Racing, with whom he raced from 2015 to 2019, for the upcoming season. He will drive the #88 Chevrolet Camaro with sponsorship from Monster Energy.
In 2020, Day moved to PK Carsport after five seasons and two series championships (2017 and 2018) at CAAL. In what would be his lone season with PK, he won four races and recorded top-ten finishes in every race en route to his third title.
However, PK withdrew their two cars—the #24 for Day and the #11 for Stienes Longin—in 2021 to focus on the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux and GT2 European Series. Longin has joined the team in the former series, located in his native Belgium. During Day’s free agency period, he returned to Israel to participate in touring cars.
“I’m very happy to go back to CAAL Racing,” Day said. “It’s my home team and I’m very excited to be back with them after one year. We won 20 races together and I’m sure the relationship between us is so good that we can chase this title together after we took a break.
“I’m very thankful for PK Carsport and what (team manager) Anthony Kumpen and his team did for me in 2020. They will always be in my heart, I went through a hell of a year and I’m just so thankful. I hope we’’l work again together in the future. I’m also grateful to have Monster Energy with me again, it’s an honour to represent the brand and I really hope we can bring them new records and trophies.”
CAAL Racing will field three cars in 2021 with the #54, #56, and #88; last year, the team operated a fourth vehicle, the #12, in partnership with Solaris Motorsport that will become a permanent Solaris car for the new year. Day drove the #54 in his first stint with the Italian outfit, during which he won twenty races in addition to his two championships. Gianmarco Ercoli is in the #54.
“It will definitely be even harder to stay on top this year. I have a very strong teammate and competitor in Gianmarco Ercoli and we both want to win. I am sure we will work together to take CAAL Racing to the top,” added Day.
Day is already the winningest driver in Euro Series history with twenty-four victories, but a fourth title will break a tie with Ander Vilariño for the most. Vilariño sat out much of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will return for 2021.
“We are very happy to welcome Alon back in our team,” said CAAL manager Luca Canneori. “We shared so many special moments and we’ll work hard to create even more in the future.”