“I thought we had a much better car than where we finished at Pocono back in June. We had some bad luck strike that cost us a better finish, but I thought that we had a Top-15, or possibly even a Top-10 No. 43 Smithfield Ford. So I’m looking forward to going back to Pocono this weekend.
“We didn’t get the finish that we wanted, but my team worked hard today,” said Almirola. “This is a difficult track to get a handle on, and that got the best of us. But, my guys never gave up. They worked until the very last lap of the race to try and loosen me up and get us moving in the right direction.
“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.