Stock Car Racing


#10 Aric Almirola

Car #10 Ford Fusion
Sponsor Smithfield
Crew Chief John Klausmeier
Hometown Tampa, Fla.
Birthday NOV 15, 2013

Aric Almirola begins a new chapter in his career by joining Stewart-Haas Racing as driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion in 2018.

The 10-year veteran has spent the last six full seasons driving for Richard Petty Motorsports, where he won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of his career and made the NASCAR Playoffs in 2014.  He’s coming off a trying campaign in which he missed seven races due to a back injury suffered in a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway in May.  

Prior to joining RPM, Almirola served as an apprentice of sorts with Mark Martin during their days together at Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2008.  He ran 12 races that season, but never ran more than nine events the next two years as he searched for a full-time opportunity.  He ran five races for RPM in 2010 after the departure of Kasey Kahne and was hired one year later for the 2012 campaign.

  • Almirola made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in a fourth car for Joe Gibbs Racing at Las Vegas and finished 41st after getting involved in an accident.
  • He is credited with one NASCAR XFINITY Series victory (2007) while running with JGR and two in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Billy Ballew (2010).
  • Like many of his contemporaries, Almirola began racing go-karts and started when he was eight-years-old before eventually driving open-wheel modifieds at 16.


When Almirola won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2014 at Daytona International Speedway he became the 79th different driver to win with Ford.