Although Aric Almirola confirmed a few months ago that he will retire at the end of the season, it seems that he has changed his mind. According to some sources, Almirola will be part of Stewart Haas Racing's in 2023 as well.
Motorsport journalists spoke via zoom call with SHR's chief competition director, Greg Zipadelli, regarding the future of Almirola. “We’ve waited a lot longer to make some of those decisions to try to build around, so I think we’ll be fine there,” he said.
“We’ve got a couple of good options and just kind of waiting to see how everything plays out”. At the beginning of the season, Aric Almirola explained his decision. “I want to win and I want to be a champion, but at the end of the day, I know that those things mean way less than being there for my family,” Almirola said then.
“I made it to the highest level of American motorsports as a professional race car driver. It’s been amazing, with a lot of ups and downs and everything in between. I wouldn’t trade it for the world”.
Almirola had an interesting statement a few months ago when he was asked if he would still return: “I haven’t put much thought into (returning) at all just going throughout the course of the year, and then it just keeps getting brought up, and then the chatter turns into real chatter,” Almirola said in an interview last month.
“Like more questions are getting asked by decision-makers, not just (the media). So, it puts that in my head to where I should at least give it thought”. Let's remind you once again, Almirola confirmed at the beginning of this year that he is leaving at the end of the season, and the biggest reason for that is his family.
“I truly enjoy driving racecars and I’m excited to race my heart out in 2022 for Smithfield and Stewart-Haas Racing,”Almirola said in a statement released by Stewart-Haas Racing. “But to be the best in this business, you’ve got to be selfish, and for the last 37 years my life has always revolved around me and what I needed to do.
I want to be present. I want to be the best husband and father, and that to me means more than being a racecar driver. So, it’s one more year where I’m all in on racing, where we’ll do whatever it takes to compete at the highest level. But when the season is over, I’ll be ready to wave goodbye”.