We like to think that Aric Almirola’s career began in 2012 when he started driving the No. 43 Ford Fusion. But Aric had been burning up plenty of tread in the nine years prior to his partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and Smithfield.
Aric began his career as an original member of the Joe Gibbs Racing/Reggie White Drive for Diversity Program in 2003. It wasn’t long before the rookie made his break into NASCAR competition in 2004 behind the wheel of a late-model stock car. From there it was three short years until he made his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2007. In 2010 Aric grabbed a career-best fourth place finish in the No. 9 Ford at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead.
After joining Richard Petty Motorsports in 2012, Aric went on to win his first Sprint Cup Series pole at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He remained a consistent competitor, finishing 18th in 2013, his second full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with six top-10 finishes, including four in a row. In 2014, Aric honored his team by winning his first Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the same weekend that Petty won his 200th 30 years prior.
Aric has become a valuable member of the Richard Petty Motorsports team, maneuvering the track with skills that have earned him the nickname “The Cuban Missile,” as well as a spot in the Top 25 Latino Athletes in ESPN Deportes The Magazine.
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