Aric Almirola was introduced to the race car driving by his grand father. At the age of 8, Aric began racing at the Kartlevel. Within 8 years, he had shifted to the world of open-wheel racing.
In 1998, his best result in the World Karting Association’s Grand Nationals came when Aric finished fourth in the season. He moved to racing in modified cars by 2000 and was crowned Rookie of the Year in two different divisions - Florida Modified and the Southern Automobile Racing Association. He also got to his first race win in the series, by winning the Joslin Memorial 100 at Orlando, Florida.
He continued his racing career in open wheel “Modifieds” in 2002 and ended up as runner-up to the Rookie of the Year award.
He had a strong season and looked composed through his efforts. After a strong season in 2002, he began stepping up a gear in 2003 and started picking up incredible qualification finishes with numerous pole positions.
In 2004, he got his big break. He made his debut as a member of JGR’s diversity program in 2004 and got the opportunity to race late models at the Ace Speedway in Altamahaw. He had a wonderful year and ended the season with two incredible wins amongst his six top-five and 15 top-ten finishes. He followed this up instantly with participation in other Southeastern late-model racing events and this was his story throughout 2005 as well.
While staying with the late-model racing series, Aric also participated in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events in 2005.
He just had 4 events where he took part and got two top-five finishes and two retirements in a mixed set of results. In 2006, he moved to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and took part in nine races with one pole position before moving to the NASCAR Sprint series cup in 2007.
2007 was when Aric left all his other commitments and came to the NASCAR Sprint Series. He had a part-time role with his team