* Aric Almirola, a Tampa, Fla., native will return to his home state this weekend to drive the No. 9 Budweiser Ford in Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the season finale for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. * On Friday, Almirola...
* Aric Almirola, a Tampa, Fla., native will return to his home state this weekend to drive the No. 9 Budweiser Ford in Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the season finale for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams.
* On Friday, Almirola will be joined at the track by his paternal grandmother, Eneida Almirola, whose visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the first time she's ever been to a race track in her entire life.
* For the third-consecutive week, Almirola will perform triple duty by competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Homestead Miami Speedway. On Friday he will run the No. 51 truck for Billy Ballew Motorsports, Saturday he will drive the No. 88 JR Motorsports entry and on Sunday he will race the No. 9 Budweiser Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports.
* After Sunday's race, Almirola will turn his attention to a very important date. On Saturday, Dec. 11, just 20 days following the close of the 2010 NASCAR season, Almirola will tie the knot with fiancee Janice Goss in a ceremony attended by close friends and family in Huntersville, N.C. The two first met in 2005 when Almirola ran several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for Morgan Dollar Motorsports and Goss' dad, Randy, served as crew chief for the team. They began dating shortly thereafter and were engaged to be married in November 2009.
Almirola on his Abuela attending a race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and his upcoming wedding:
How special is it for you to have your Abuela Eneida at the track on Friday for her first race? "It's special for me to have Abuela Eneida at the track for her very first race, ever. The coolest thing for me is that it was nearly 44 years ago my grandparents gave up everything they had to have a better life in America. They landed in Miami on the Freedom Flights with my dad and uncle Robert and now she gets to witness a product of her sacrifice; ironically in Miami. I'm privileged to do something that I love for my job and it's all because Abuela Eneida and my Abuelo Ralph made a sacrifice for a better life."
Your wedding is just a few weeks away. How hands on have you been in the planning process for the big day, or have you let your fiancee Janice (Goss) handle most of the details? "I've honestly tried to stay out of the planning process. Obviously some of the major decisions I put my opinion in, but all the details I've let Janice handle. We are excited to have our close friends and family come in from out of town to celebrate our marriage with us."