Richard Petty Motorsports
Atlanta 500 Qualifying Report
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Friday, Aric Almirola practiced the No. 43 Smithfield Ford. The car started off tight, but Almirola felt more comfortable with the car later in the practice session. He posted the 14th fastest time in practice and looked to have a decent run in qualifying.
Unfortunately, the car was extremely loose on the first run, and after cooling the Smithfield Ford down, Almirola didn’t complete his second run. He told the crew there was something wrong with the car and made it hard to control on the track. The team immediately got to work to find the source of the problem. They will have final practice tomorrow to get the No. 43 Ford set for the race on Sunday.
1: Kevin Harvick
30: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford
Comments from Almirola after qualifying at Atlanta:
“We had a decent car in practice and hoped to get a good lap in qualifying to start up front. Unfortunately, our car was very loose and felt out of control. It felt like something wasn’t right in the steering. We’ll take a look and fix the issue before practice tomorrow.”
About Richard Petty Motorsports
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields one team in competition in the NASCAR premier series with driver Aric Almirola. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and Fresh From Florida. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.