Aric Almirola to Stewart-Haas Racing

Almirola to the #10

Aric Almirola has been signed to replace Danica Patrick at Stewart-Haas Racing. In 2018, he will pilot the #10 machine.

Moments ago, the announcement was made at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Aric Almirola

“This is the opportunity every racer wants,” Almirola said in a team release. “Stewart-Haas Racing is an experienced organization with a lot of depth, great technical support from Ford and staffed with racers from top to bottom. They lean on each other, challenge each other and make each other better. I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.

“I’ve known Tony Stewart since our time together at Joe Gibbs Racing. I know what he expects and he knows my commitment. I can’t think him and Smithfield enough for believing in me and providing this opportunity.”

Related: Tony Stewart comments on departure of Danica Patrick

Aric Almirola to Stewart-Haas Racing 10
Aric Almirola to Stewart-Haas Racing #10

Tony Stewart

“Obviously, there are no secrets in our sport. There are spy’s everywhere,” Tony Stewart opens the official announcement.

“But, extremely proud, on behalf of everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing to announce that Aric Almirola is going to be behind the wheel of the #10 Smithfield Ford for next year.”

“Really excited to have him on board. I’ve known Aric for a long time. We were teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, for a brief period.”

We go to dirt races together and hang out

-Tony Stewart

“We’re really good friends. We go to dirt races together and hang out. I think this is an opportunity that we’ve both been looking for.”

Aric Almirola Smithfield Foods
Aric Almirola – Smithfield Foods

“We’re excited to have him on board and extremely proud to have Smithfield on board with us as well. They’ve been fun to work with and a great group to work with.”

“They obviously have a lot of great products that I thoroughly enjoy,” the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing concludes.

Related: Smithfield Foods settles differences with Richard Petty Motorsports

Related: Danica Patrick will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing


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