Aric Michael Almirola born March 14, 1984 in Florida is a full time professional American stock car racing driver. He presently races in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in the number 10 Ford Mustang. Almirola’s has been fondly named the ‘Cuban Missile’ because of his speed and heritage.
Aric Almirola Bio: Age, Early Life
Aric Almirola was born at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and raised by his loving Cuban parents Ralph and Bobbi which gave him US citizenship. He was the youngest of four boys who grew up in their fun and vibrant home in Tampa. Racing was in his blood, he came from a line of racers and none so great as his grandfather Sam Rodriguez, a dirt sprint car driver. Whether through his Grandfather’s nature or nurture, he began competing in go-kart racing at the tender age of 8 and by the age of 14 he began racing nationally. However, he did have time to practice since his Grandfather owned the go kart track and this is where you would find Almirola working and racing on most days. In 1998 Almirola won the top spot in his debut at the World Karting Association race and ended up fourth in the standings overall that year. Two years later, he moved up into modifies and continued his winning streak by winning several Rookie of the Year awards. Almirola attended Hillsborough High School in Tampa and at 18 he decided to gain a degree in mechanical engineering at Central Florida but with the track and racing still his burning passion, he left university early to pursue a career in racing.
Aric Almirola Career Details
From 2000 until 2020 Almirola has had a strong and successful career racing various vehicles. Below are some of his career highlights from 2000 to 2019;
- 2000 Almirola progressed to open-wheel modifies – cars that could achieve over 700 horsepower. He achieved first professional win in the Joslin Memorial 100 at Orlando (Fla.) Speedworld, beating the top drivers in Florida.
- 2002 Progressed to Sunbelt Super Late Model Division in March 2002, achieving second in the rookie of the year standings.
- 2003He took part in a driver syndicate at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and was chosen as one of the original affiliates of Joe Gibbs Racing’s diversity program.
- 2004 achieved two wins, six top-five and 15 top-10s in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race in Altamahaw, North Carolina.
- 2005 Full time race in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series timetable for Joe Gibbs Racing. Achieved seven wins and 11 poles.
- 2006 Raced a full season of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Spears Motorsports while achieving three top-10s.
- 2007 Raced several NASCAR Xfinity series schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing.
- 2008 Almirola had to race a limited NASCAR Cup Series plan for Dale Earnhardt. This would see him split driving with Mark Martin.
- 2009 seen Almirola raced in all three of NASCAR’s top confederations on a part time basis– Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series.
- 2011 He raced a whole-time NASCAR Xfinity Series timetable for JR Motorsports.
- 2012-2017 Almirola competed in the full season of the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the infamous No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports.
- 2017-2020 Almirola comes back to NASCAR’s top division driving the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for a third year running.
Aric Almirola’s Personal Life
When not screeching around a black track, Almirola can be found at home in Florida with his wife Janice Almirola who he married on 11th of December 2010 and children. Although Almirola’s list of achievements are extensive nothing would top the birth of his two children- Almirola welcomed his son Alex, into the world in September 2012 and a daughter named Abby closely after in November 2013. Almirola still lives close by to his parents and brothers. Almirola is a 6-foot 73kg man who shows he looks after himself. Whether that be in the gym or round the track he certainly keeps himself in shape.
Aric Almirola Salary And Net worth
The 34-year-old NASCAR driver is reportedly worth 1 million dollars because of his extensive and successful career racing.