(November 15, 2017) – This weekend, Aric Almirola will make his final start for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). Almirola has been the full-time driver of the No. 43 since 2012. He made five starts for the team prior to 2012.
Almirola enters the Homestead-Miami Speedway with 243 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts. Of those, 213 have been with RPM. He has the most starts for the organization that started in 2009.
Richard Petty Motorsports scored their sixth Top-10 finish of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series during Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at the Phoenix Raceway. Aric Almirola raced the No. 43 U.S. Air Force Ford from its 22nd starting position to finish ninth at the end of the 312-lap race.
It’s been an honor to work with the U.S. Air Force and to help host the many Generals and guests. It’s been a humbling experience and something I’ve been really honored to do while at Richard Petty Motorsports. The men and women are fighting for our freedom, so we can race and go to the track each weekend.
Stewart-Haas Racing has signed Aric Almirola to join its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018. The 33-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will drive the team’s No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion.
Richard Petty Motorsports left the great state of Texas with a Top-15 finish after Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team scored their best finish since 2014 at the Ft. Worth oval.