Aric Almirola has been cleared to participate in a NASCAR test
Several months ago, Aric Almirola was injured in a NASCAR crash at Kansas Speedway. The scary incident resulted in a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra.
A few days ago it was announced that Aric Almirola would be scanned. The results of that test would become the determining factor to when the MENCS driver returns to racing.
Yesterday, that scan was conducted in Charlotte, NC. Good news! The results are positive.
Now, Aric Almirola is expected to take part in an on-track NASCAR test. No official testing date has been set. However, as of now that test is tentatively schedule for sometime in the next 2 weeks.
Aric has been cleared by personal doctor’s to return to the track in about two weeks. However, he still needs to be cleared by NASCAR doctor’s as well to receive final approval of the test.
RPM team officials told NASCAR.com via email that an exact date for Almirola’s test as well has his return to competition “has not been determined at this time but that doctors were pleased with the healing following the driver’s latest scan.”
The #43 seat has been filled by several drivers. Regan Smith filled in at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway. Road-course ringer Billy Johnson piloted the #43 at Sonoma and Darrell Wallace Jr. has made two additional starts.
Darrell Wallace Jr will get his 3rd start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
Almirola has collected 1 win in the MENCS. He has yet to re-sign with Richard Petty Motorsports for 2018.