Aric Almirola Biography
Aric Almirola is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing. A graduate of Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Almirola attended the University of Central Florida to work on a degree in mechanical engineering before leaving to pursue a career in racing. His nickname is The Cuban Missile because of his Cuban heritage.
Almirola was born on Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, of Cuban descent. He began racing go-karts when he was eight years old. At age 14, he began racing nationally. Aric Almirola won the pole position in his debut in the World Karting Association race and finished fourth in the standings that year. Two years later, he moved up into modifieds and won several Rookie of the Year awards.
In 2002, Almirola moved to the NASCAR Sun Belt Weekly Racing Division and finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings. He followed that up with five pole positions in 2003. In 2004, he became one of the first drivers to participate in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program.
Aric Almirola also signed with Joe Gibbs Racing as a development driver under a partnership with former NFL player Reggie White. Almirola ran the season at Ace Speedway and won two races before finishing 11th in the points standings. Aric Almirola won five more races at the track in 2005, made his Truck Series debut with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports and had two top-tens in four races.
A career in 2008-09
Almirola was named co-driver of the No. 8 United States Army-sponsored Chevrolet for the 2008 Sprint Cup Series, sharing the ride with Mark Martin. His best finish during the season was an eighth-place finish in the 2008 Food City 500 at Bristol, and his best start in Sprint Cup was a third-place start at the 2008 Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville.
Almirola was named the full-time driver of the No. 8 for the 2009 season. Seven races into the 2009 season, Almirola lost his ride to a lack of sponsorship and horrendous performance. Aric Almirola later signed a five-race deal with Key Motorsports to drive their No. 40 Chevrolet Impala SS in the Nationwide Series.
2010–2012: Resurgence in Truck and Nationwide
For 2010, he was to drive full-time for Phoenix Racing’s No. 09 Cup series Chevrolet Impala. He also drove the No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals/AK Awareness-sponsored Toyota Tundra for Billy Ballew in the Camping World Truck Series. In April, Almirola parted ways with Phoenix Racing to focus on his Truck Series ride.
Almirola attempted the Aarons 499 at Talladega in No. 35 Tommy Baldwin Racing/Mohawk-sponsored Chevrolet but failed to qualify after qualifying was rained out by NASCAR. Almirola won his first race in the Camping World Truck Series at Dover International Speedway and won again at Michigan International Speedway, holding off Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch. Almirola would finish second in points to Bodine.
2018–present: Stewart-Haas Racing
On November 8, 2017, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Almirola as the driver of the No. 10 Ford Fusion for the 2018 season.] Aric Almirola was leading the 2018 Daytona 500 when on the race’s last lap Almirola and eventual race winner Austin Dillon collided, resulting in Almirola crashing into the outside wall and finishing 11th.
His consistency throughout the regular season brought him to the playoffs. At the inaugural Charlotte Roval race, Almirola was barely able to advance to the Round of 12 with a 19th-place finish after slamming the outside wall while avoiding William Byron, who cut a tire in front of him. Aric Almirola had a strong running at the fall Dover race until he got loose exiting the turn and collided with Brad Keselowski, which caused a multi-car pileup that took out Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., and Alex Bowman.
Aric Almirola was born as the youngest of four boys at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and raised in Tampa. His family members are Cuban and Almirola is a US citizen. His grandfather Sam Rodriguez was a dirt sprint car driver.
Aric Almirola tied a knot to Janice Almirola, with whom he has two children: a son named Alex (born September 2012) and a daughter named Abby (born November 2013). Almirola is a Christian.
- Full Name: Aric Michael Almirola
- Date of Birth: March 14, 1984
- Age: 36
- Birth Place: Eglin Air Force Base Fort Walton Beach, Florida
- Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
- Weight: 160 lb (73 kg)
- Achievements: 2014 Coke Zero 400 winner
- Car no., team: No. 10 (Stewart-Haas Racing)
- 2019 position: 14th
- Spouse: Janice Almirola (m. 2010)
- 2018 position: 98th
- 2012 position: 90th
- Best finish: 5th (2018)
- First race: 2007 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 (Las Vegas)
- Last race: 2020 Dixie Vodka 400 (Homestead)
- First win: 2014 Coke Zero 400 (Daytona)
- Last win: 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500 (Talladega)
- Net Worth: N/A
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