CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Israel is getting some new support from an unexpected source: NASCAR.
The group, America Israel Racing, was formed recently in Charlotte, the hub of NASCAR, to raise awareness of the importance of America supporting Israel.
The recent political sentiment against the Jewish state inspired two North Carolina-based entrepreneurs, Rich Shirey and Mark MacCaull, to launch the venture.
The group hopes to qualify for the Daytona 500 and eventually place a car in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
"The message is to the world and to Israel that we do support you 100 percent and you have our backing, and we want that to be displayed," Shirey said.
"My faith is very strong," MacCaull told CBN News. "And I believe that all the way from Genesis on through, it discusses how Israel -- you need to stand with her; don't turn your back on her, and that's very important."
America Israel Racing has teamed up with NASCAR veteran Robinson Blakeney Racing to place a car in the "Great American Race" at the Daytona 500.
They hope other groups, and individuals, will donate to the cause to help spread the message of supporting Israel worldwide.