Rockingham: Nur Ali teams with Derrike Cope

Nur Ali Teams Up With Derrike Cope Inc. Enters ARCA RE/MAX Series Race at Rockingham Fort Worth, Texas (April 14, 2009) - Asian-American race car driver Nur Ali will return to action this weekend when he competes in Sunday's Carolina 200 ARCA ...

Nur Ali Teams Up With Derrike Cope Inc. Enters ARCA RE/MAX Series Race at Rockingham

Fort Worth, Texas (April 14, 2009) - Asian-American race car driver Nur Ali will return to action this weekend when he competes in Sunday's Carolina 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Rockingham Speedway. The 34-year-old Fort Worth, TX resident is making his second series start of the 2009 season.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Ali made his series debut last season at Daytona. Prior to setting his sights on a career in stock cars, Ali spent much of his career in open-wheel cars. He was the driver for Team Pakistan in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport during the 2006-2007 season and spent eight seasons competing in the Star Mazda Series. Ali, who has raced in 12 countries, is also the first and only professional race car driver of Pakistani descent.

Ali has teamed up with 1990 Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope, who will field the car under the Derrike Cope Inc. banner. Cope, who competes in select NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races, will offer Ali his years of experience.

"This opportunity came together last week," said Ali. "Derrike and I met through a mutual friend at Texas Motor Speedway. After some discussions, we decided to enter the race in Rockingham. If all goes well, we are considering a more comprehensive schedule. His experience is off the charts and I'm looking forward to working with him."

In February, Ali made his first series start of the 2009 season at Daytona. His race was cut short on lap 30 when he was caught up in a wreck. He finished 38th.

"Nur is an articulate young man who is very accomplished in other venues," said Cope. "As an open-wheel driver transitioning to stock cars, he is certainly on a steep learning curve. With his passion and desire he will succeed. He is a diligent worker and we already have a great working relationship. This weekend, we will take a methodical approach with the goal of gaining him valuable experience."

Ali's No. 14 Dodge Charger is sponsored by his long time supporters A to Z Wholesale, Tara Energy and Budweiser. Their continued support has allowed Ali to follow his dream of becoming the first Asian-American NASCAR champion.

-credit: alimotorsports.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Derrike Cope , Nur Ali