NASCAR Cup Series Star Aric Almirola Highly Motivated to Win the 2021 Daytona 500

January 13, 2021 5:30 pm

The Daytona 500 is one of the most prestigious races in NASCAR. So, it is only fitting that there is a special trophy for the winners of this iconic race. In all his years in the sport, Aric Almirola has never won this specific trophy.

He notched up two career Cup wins, but they were at Talladega and the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. The Coke Zero 400 is vastly different from the Daytona 500, even though the venue is the same

Of course, that Coke Zero win proves that Almirola can definitely win at the Daytona track. Truthfully speaking, Almirola is in a car that is definitely capable of winning races. It is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, as well as surviving the race.

The winner’s trophy for the Daytona 500 is fondly known as the Harley J. Earl trophy. The name comes from General Motors car designer Harley Earl.

Being NASCAR’s second commissioner, he is an important figure in American motor racing. In addition to that, he helped design the Chevrolet Corvette.

Aric Almirola is on a mission this season

The 36-year-old is keen to rack up a third career win, and he hopes that the 2021 Daytona 500 will deliver it. After finishing 15th last season, which he called one of his best, Almirola will also be eager to claw his way up the order and place higher in the playoffs.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 01: Aric Almirola, driver of the #88 Suave Men Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images for NASCAR)

However, this is easier said than done, as none of his rivals are slouches. Needless to say, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has his work cut out for him. However, he will be sure to step up to the challenge.

The 2021 Daytona 500 is a little over a month away and all drivers are itching to go racing at last. The new season starts with a fresh blank slate and everyone is on the same page.

READ MORE – “I Had One of My Best Years” – Aric Almirola on Why 2020 Is His ‘Career Year’

Dhruv George

Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino. He has been an ardent follower of motorsports sport since 2001, holding Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren in high regard.

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