Aric Almirola will leave Stewart-Haas Racing after the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season, he announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Saturday, Oct. 28.
“After much prayer, consideration and conversations with my family, I’m ready for my next adventure,” he wrote.
Almirola has driven the No. 10 Ford at SHR for the past six seasons. During his tenure with the organization, he has two wins, 18 top fives, 63 top 10s and a best points finish of fifth in 2018, his first year with the team.
But Almirola’s performance slowly declined ever since while the driver expressed a desire to get off the road and spend more time with family. The 39-year-old initially announced a plan to retire in January 2022 only to change his mind months later and sign a new contract. Unfortunately, both SHR and Almirola continued to struggle and with two races remaining, he has just one top five, four top 10s and sits 22nd in the Cup standings.
Almirola did not specify what his plans are for the 2024 season. He becomes the second driver to leave SHR after the 2023 campaign, joining Kevin Harvick. Although Noah Gragson is rumored to be the favorite to replace Almirola, SHR has not yet named a driver for its No. 10.
Smithfield Foods, Almirola’s longtime sponsor, also announced on Saturday that it is departing NASCAR after this season as well.
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