“I’ve been more intentional about slowing down,” Aric Almirola is “taking it all in” with his final full-time season in the cup series

Find out what SHR veteran Aric Almirola had to say about his cup career and how is he enjoying his last full season

Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola

The “Cuban Missile” Aric Almirola will hit the Road American race course on the upcoming Sunday for his final full-time race on the track as he announced earlier this season that he will retire from full-season racing in order to spend more time with his family in the future. The veteran who now drives the No:10 Ford Mustang for Stewart Hass Racing will surely be missed by fans in the future but hopes are still alive for his part-time entry in NASCAR.

The Daytona 500 winner with Richard Petty Motorsports in the iconic No:43 car itself made his name in the racing scene with his consistency though he had struggled to get a win in those times. The veteran has driven for some of the legends of NASCAR including King Petty, Tony Stewart at SHR, Tony Baldwin, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now he has come forth to express his thought on how is he enjoying his last time around at the cup and his plans for the future.

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Find out what Aric Almirola said

Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola

Aric Almirola acknowledged that this year he has been intentionally slowing down his off-track life taking in all the experience he has with his final full-time season with NASCAR Cup Series. He added that he is embracing every moment of the time he is having right now as he pointed out that it has been among the most fun season he has had in his entire career.

This year, I’ve been more intentional about slowing down – not on the racetrack – and taking it all in to enjoy it. I’m embracing every moment of it, and it’s been one of the most fun seasons I’ve had in my entire career,” says Aric Almirola.

Aric Almirola went on to say that he has with his time at NASCAR learned ‘Never say Never’ as no one knows what the future holds. He added that he made a decision to move away with the full support of the family and acknowledged that he is excited about whatever the future has on hold for him. Almirola added that he has some things on his mind he wishes to do post-retirement but right now there is nothing to concentrate on him.

I’ve also learned in life to never say never. You don’t know what the future holds. For me, I made the decision and my family has supported me in that decision. I’m excited about whatever is next for me. I have no idea what is next. I have ideas and things I have aspirations to go do. Right now, I have nothing concrete,” added Aric Almirola.

Talking about his career he acknowledged that he had an awesome opportunity to drive the No:43 car once driver by, Richard Petty, the King of NASCAR, for six years in which he also won the iconic Daytona 500 is something he will never forget and cherish for his whole life.

“To have owners like Richard Petty – the king of Nascar – believe in me and have me drive his famous [No.] 43 for six years was an awesome opportunity. It’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” Aric Almirola said.

He went on to add that to work with Tony Stewart, one of his heroes growing up, has been great for him as he pointed out the friendship they made after he moved to North Carolina. He went on to say that he has no doubt about the fact that he has been blessed beyond his wildest imagination with the opportunity he was presented with in NASCAR.

Then, to work for Tony Stewart, one of my heroes growing up, and to have such a friendship with him when I moved to North Carolina, he took me under his wings. To have the opportunity to race for him at Stewart-Haas Racing has been fantastic. I have no doubt I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imagination,” Aric Almirola added.

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