Aric Almirola made his return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last weekend after missing seven races recovering from an acute compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra. Back into the swing, he looks to score a solid finish in the No. 43 Smithfield Ford at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Almirola has made six starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and in the XFINITY Series. He has a best start of fourth (2012) and finish of 17th (2013) in the Monster Energy Series. In his lone XFINITY Series start in 2015, he started eighth and finished 14th.
"Indy is special. There's such deep racing history there, which makes it really cool when you walk through the famed garage and race over the bricks on the track. The feeling you get when you drive down the frontstretch with the grandstands on both sides of the track is unlike anywhere we race. As far as the racing on track is concerned, it's a tough track. The corners are so flat that you really have to be able to rotate through the corner. We'll work really hard to get all the speed we can off the corner to the straightaways."