About Aric Almirola

This is My Story

 

Biography

Birthdate: March 14, 1984 (on Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida)

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Residence: Mooresville, North Carolina

Family: wife; Janice and children; Alex and Abby

 

Career Highlights

2017

  • Sixth full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Earned three top-five and five top-10 finishes for Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Sidelined for seven races due to injuries sustained in a multicar accident May 13 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Returned to action July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
  • Won NASCAR Xfinity Series race May 6 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway to score third career Xfinity Series victory.
  • Competed in five Xfinity Series races with Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Earned one top-10.

2016

  • Fifth full season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Earned one top-10 and finished 26th in points for Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Won NASCAR Xfinity Series race July 1 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
  • Competed in 10 Xfinity Series races with Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Earned four top-10s.

2015

  • Fourth full season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Earned three top-fives and six top-10s and finished 17th in points for Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Narrowly missed making the 16-driver NASCAR Playoffs.
  • Competed in nine Xfinity Series races for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Earned three top-10s.

2014

  • Third full season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Earned two top-fives and seven top-10s and finished 16th in points for Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Won first career NASCAR Cup Series race by taking victory in the Coke Zero 400 July 6 at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Secured a berth in the NASCAR Playoffs for the first time.

2013

  • Second full season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Earned one top-five and six top-10s and finished 18th in points for Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Finished ninth in lone NASCAR Xfinity Series start March 2 at Phoenix Raceway for Richard Petty Motorsports.

2012

  • First full season in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the iconic No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Scored first career NASCAR Cup Series pole May 24 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
  • Earned one top-five and four top-10s. Finished 20th in points.
  • Competed in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for Wauters Motorsports. Earned one top-five and two top-10s.

2011

  • Ran a fulltime NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule for JR Motorsports.
  • Earned seven top-fives and 18 top-10s. Finished fourth in points.
  • Scored fifth career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole Nov. 12 at Phoenix Raceway.

2010

  • Ran a fulltime NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Billy Ballew Motorsports.
  • Won two Truck Series races – May 14 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and June 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
  • Earned 11 top-fives and 21 top-10s. Finished second in points.
  • Competed in nine NASCAR Cup Series races between Phoenix Racing (four races) and Richard Petty Motorsports (five races). Earned best finish of fourth in the season finale Nov. 21 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Competed in eight NASCAR Xfinity Series races with JR Motorsports. Earned one top-five and four top-10s.

2009

  • Competed on a part-time basis in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions – NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
  • Made eight NASCAR Cup Series starts between Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (seven races) and Phoenix Racing (one race).
  • Made four Xfinity Series starts between Key Motorsports (three races) and Eddie Smith Racing (one race).
  • Made 16 Truck Series starts with Billy Ballew Motorsports. Earned seven top-fives and 10 top-10s.

2008

  • Ran a limited NASCAR Cup Series schedule for Dale Earnhardt Inc., splitting driving duties with NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.
  • Made 12 total NASCAR Cup Series starts with a best finish of eighth in the March 16 Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
  • Won NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race Sept. 19 at Dover International Speedway with Dale Earnhardt Inc.

2007

  • Ran a limited NASCAR Xfinity series schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • Co-drove to an Xfinity Series win with Denny Hamlin June 23 at The Milwaukee Mile.
  • Earned two top-fives and six top-10s in 18 Xfinity Series starts.
  • Made NASCAR Cup Series debut March 11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, three days shy of his 23rd
  • Ran a total of six NASCAR Cup Series races – one with Joe Gibbs Racing (debut at Las Vegas) and five with Dale Earnhardt Inc.

2006

  • Ran a fulltime NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Spears Motorsports. Earned three top-10s.
  • Competed in nine NASCAR Xfinity Series races for Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • Scored first career Xfinity Series pole June 24 at The Milwaukee Mile.

2005

  • Ran a fulltime NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing. Scored seven wins and 11 poles.
  • Competed in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports. Earned two top-10s.

2004

  • Raced a late model stock car as a part of the diversity program at Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • Earned two wins, six top-fives and 15 top-10s in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, North Carolina.

2003

  • Competed in the Sunbelt Super Late Model Division and scored three poles at USA Speedway in Lakeland, Florida, two poles at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and one pole at Bronson (Fla.) Speedway.
  • Participated in a driver combine at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and was selected as one of the original members of Joe Gibbs Racing’s diversity program.

2002

  • Advanced from open-wheel modifieds to the Sunbelt Super Late Model Division in March 2002, finishing second in the rookie of the year standings.

2000

  • Graduated to open-wheel modifieds – 2,750-pound racecars that put out over 700 horsepower.
  • Won rookie of the year title in two separate modified divisions – Florida Modified and SARA (Southern Automobile Racing Association) Modified.
  • Earned first career win in the Joslin Memorial 100 at Orlando (Fla.) Speedworld, beating the top drivers in Florida.

1992 – 1999

  • Competed in go-karts at the local, state and regional level around his home state of Florida, winning races and championships throughout the southeast. 

Early Days

Almirola’s journey to racing’s limelight began in 1992, when he began go-kart racing at the age of eight. He quickly collected championships at both the state and local levels, and advanced to national competition in 1998. Almirola solidified his racing talents in the World Karting Association when he earned the pole for the series’ prestigious Grand National event in Daytona. He finished the year fourth in the national standings.

In 2000 after climbing behind the wheel of an open-wheel modified, Almirola earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Florida Modified division and the Southern Automobile Racing Association. Almirola then took his racing smarts to the Florida Sunbelt Series, the most competitive super late model series in the state, where he finished runner-up in the Rookie of the Year standings. He followed suit with more success the following year, winning a series-high six poles.

The Chance of a Lifetime

The 2003 racing season was a turning point for Almirola, who became one of the original members of the Joe Gibbs Racing/Reggie White Driver Diversity Program. Almirola took his first step into NASCAR competition in 2004, piloting late models at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., collecting two wins, six top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes.

Continuing to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2005, Almirola took his skills to the southeast, racing in several esteemed late model events. Almirola went on to win seven races and notched 11 poles that year. His performance behind the wheel of late models earned him a chance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports. Almirola piloted the team’s No. 47 Silverado for four races; scoring two top-10 finishes.

Stepping Stones

In 2006-2007, he competed in the Nationwide Series, earning three poles and six top-10s. Almirola is credited with one victory—the June 23, 2007, race at Milwaukee Mile—in which he and Denny Hamlin shared seat time in the victorious No. 20 car. That performance was part of a successful 2007 campaign, which opened doors to a lifelong dream of racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Dale Earnhardt Inc. signed Almirola to a part-time driving deal in 2008 with the unique task of splitting seat time with one of NASCAR’s all-time greats, Mark Martin. Most of Almirola’s Sprint Cup starts came with DEI (later to become Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing).

Almirola continued racing in sporadic Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races in 2009 and 2010, but the opportunity to compete full-time this year with Billy Ballew Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series was too good to pass up. Almirola earned two wins on the season, and finished second in the championship point standings.

Racing The Famed 43

In 2012, Almirola joined Richard Petty Motorsports. He won his first Sprint Cup Series Pole at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the team hit their stride in 2013 with six Top-10 finishes, including four in a row. The 2014 season was a breakthrough one for Almirola. He won his first Sprint Cup race at the Daytona International Speedway on the same weekend that Petty won his 200th 30 years prior. Celebrating in Victory Lane, Almirola participated in his first Chase for The Sprint Cup. He posted two Top-Five and seven Top-10 finishes enroute to a 16th-place finish in the point standings. The success of the 2014 season earned Almirola a spot in the Top-25 Latino Athletes in ESPN Deportes The Magazine.

With a goal of gaining consistency, Almirola and the No. 43 team did just that. Posting three Top-Five, six Top-10 and 18 Top-15 finishes, the team narrowly missed The Chase and scored the 17th spot in the Championship Point Standings, the top non-Chase spot.

Almirola and the No. 43 Ford team are now back again for their four season together. With a winning confidence, expect Almirola to once again be one running up front and competing for a championship in 2016.

 

Aric Almirola’s Year-by-Year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Statistics:

Year

Team

Races

Won

Top-5

Top-10

Poles

2017

Richard Petty Motorsports

26

0

3

5

0

2016

Richard Petty Motorsports

36

0

0

1

0

2015

Richard Petty Motorsports

36

0

3

6

0

2014

Richard Petty Motorsports

36

1

2

7

0

2013

Richard Petty Motorsports

36

0

1

6

0

2012

Richard Petty Motorsports

36

0

1

4

1

2010

Richard Petty Motorsports

5

0

1

1

 

2010

Phoenix Racing

4

0

0

0

0

2009

Phoenix Racing

1

0

0

0

0

2009

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

7

0

0

0

0

2008

Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

12

0

0

1

0

2007

Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

5

0

0

0

0

2007

Joe Gibbs Racing

1

0

0

0

0

Totals

 

241

1

11

31

1

Above chart denotes only NASCAR Cup Series point races.

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