MOORESVILLE, N.C. – official team release — RPM photo —
Aric Almirola will run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway this weekend for Biagi DenBeste Racing and their new partner, Sledgehammer, a brand of Treasury Wine Estates.
He will compete in his first XFINITY race at Indianapolis when he pilots the No. 98 Ford at the famed 2.5-mile track.
Almirola has seven starts this season with Biagi DenBeste Racing. He scored his best finish of seventh at Daytona in February. Despite not having any XFINITY starts at the track, he made three Sprint Cup Series starts since his track debut in 2012. Still knocking on the door of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Almirola will utilize extra track time to benefit the No. 43 Eckrich Ford team on Sunday for the Brickyard 400.
“I have a lot of fun running with the Biagi DenBeste team, and I think that it really helps me on Sunday,” said Almirola. “Our Sprint Cup team is in a crucial time where we need to perform and get ourselves into The Chase. I really feel that running the XFINITY race helps me get a feel for race conditions that weekend. Every time I’ve run with the 98 team, it’s helped me in the Cup race the next day. I’m excited to introduce Sledgehammer to our sport as well, and hopefully, we’ll score a good finish for them on Sunday.”
Treasury Wine Estates is a unique global wine company with a rich heritage and leading international portfolio of new world wines. Treasury Wine Estates includes world most recognized and awarded wine brands. Launched in spring 2010, Sledgehammer, a brand of Treasury Wine Estates, produces big, bold red wines. The inaugural releases Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are made from grapes grown in California’s North coast wine growing region.
“As a great consumer of California wines, I couldn’t be happier to have Sledgehammer on our car for the Indy race,” said Fred Biagi, Co-Owner of Biagi DenBeste Racing. “If you have the chance, grab a big steak and a bottle of their Cabernet, or if you aren’t a meat person, a bowl of spaghetti and a bottle of their great Zinfandel.”
CREDIT: Richard Petty Motorsports