“I think Indianapolis is going to be a challenge. It’s always a challenge with the aerodynamics there. It’s such a big race track and so fast. We go there trying to make the maximum amount of downforce that we can because that’s how you get the most grip. It’s such an aerodynamic-heavy track, and it’ll be a very interesting race for sure
“I think our No. 43 Smithfield Ford team is re-energized after our race last weekend,” said Almirola. “We didn’t get the finish that we wanted because the race came down to fuel mileage but were moving up through the field all night and running in the Top 10. My Crew Chief Trent Owens and our guys have worked hard to get this season headed in a positive direction, and I think we’re definitely getting it turned around.
“We had a great No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion tonight,” said Almirola. “My team found the speed that we’ve been looking for all season, and it was great to be up there running with the leaders and being competitive. It’s unfortunate that it couldn’t come together at the end, but sometimes that just happens in racing.
“I think it was good to be part of the test at Kentucky Speedway with the repave. The track is a lot smoother now with much more grip. Kentucky as we know it is gone, and now, it’s resurfaced and reconfigured. So it was good to get some laps on that race track. But, I think that it will have changed quite a bit from when we were there for the test to when we show up this weekend to race.
“What a great weekend we had in Daytona,” said Almirola. “I got a win in the XFINITY Series, and we had a really fast No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion tonight. My car was handling well, and I could run with the leaders. But, crazy things happen in the draft and before you know it you’ve been shuffled back.