Hot off a Top-15 finish in the Brickyard 400, Aric Almirola looks for a strong run at the famed “Tricky Triangle” after missing the first race at the track this season due to injury. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. filled in for the injured Almirola in the June race, where he started 16th and scored a 26th-place finish.
“We survived that race,” said Almirola. “There was lot going on in the final 10 laps until the end. We had the perfect strategy for a Top-Five, but the caution came out. And the restarts were just wild. Everyone is fighting hard.
“Indy is special. There’s such deep racing history there, which makes it really cool when you walk through the famed garage and race over the bricks on the track.
“It felt really great to be back this weekend,” said Almirola. “As I’ve said all week, being away while my team and my friends raced made me realize how much I really love to race. We hoped to get a better finish, but the team worked hard to make the car turn better in the corner.
Richard Petty was already “The King” in 1984. Beyond being the sport’s most approachable and popular driver, Petty’s 198 wins was the most of any driver, by 93 over David Pearson. He was already “The King”, but he wanted more.