Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

July 23, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Brickyard 400 Qualifying Report


Richard Petty Motorsports

Brickyard 400 Qualifying Report

Indianapolis Motor Speedway


This weekend offers a new and different race schedule for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Smithfield team arrived to the track on Saturday morning for their first and final practice sessions.  The XFINITY Series then qualified and raced, before the Cup cars came back on the track for qualifications.

The condensed two-day schedule makes for a busy Saturday, but Aric Almirola and the No. 43 team were prepared. The team posted fast laps in practice in race trim, but were a little loose for qualifying.  The team was disappointed with their qualifying effort, but are optimistic about Sunday’s Brickyard 400.

Starting positions:
1: Kyle Busch
29: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after qualifying at Indianapolis:

“We are more optimistic about tomorrow. We were loose this morning in qualifying trim and it was still loose this evening.  We will change the car back into race trim, think about it more and make more changes we need to tonight and in the morning.  We’ve proven that we can move up  and have good results.”

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.