Aric Almirola is set to get the biggest opportunity yet of his NASCAR career.
Almirola, who is in his last season driving for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will be the new driver of Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Ford team next season, Motorsport.com has learned.
Almirola, 33, would replace Danica Patrick, who announced in September she would not be returning to SHR next year in part due to lack of sponsorship.
SHR on Thursday issued a media advisory for a news conference next Wednesday at its headquarters in Kannapolis, N.C., in which it will unveil its newest Cup series driver. Sources familiar with the announcement confirmed Almirola would be the driver.
SHR officials did not immediately return a request for comment.
In recent interviews with multiple media outlets – some as recently as last weekend – Almirola has said his 2018 plans were not yet set.
The full-time ride at SHR would provide Almirola his first chance to compete for the Cup series championship with one of the series’ top-tier teams.
He has made 241 starts in the Cup series since beginning part-time in 2007 with Joe Gibbs Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. He has one career victory, 11 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes and has one won pole.... More ... (MotorSport.com - 3 Nov 2017)
BELOW: Aric Almirola in Richard Petty Motorsports Ford #43 and Danica Patrick in Stewart-Haus Racing Ford #10 at NASCAR Sprint Cup Race in Talladega Alabama, 2017.
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