Aric Almirola not returning to SHR for 2024

Aric Almirola will start his “next adventure” at the end of the NASCAR Cup Series season.

Almirola did not specify what his next adventure is, however the 39-year-old driver added statements to reports on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

“I’d like to not quit cold turkey,” he said. “I think there are some opportunities, but it’s hard. It’s challenging to figure out things that make sense for race teams to do it part time.

“Most race teams want somebody to run full-time and race for a championship, so we’ll see if we can get it worked out. I’d love to still scratch the itch, but just don’t want to do it like I have been doing it for the last 12 years, where it’s 38 weeks and it’s a grind.

“I’m not complaining that it’s a grind because I’ve loved it and I signed up for it, but I think, for me, as I look toward the future and what my life looks like, I would like to find a better work-life balance than what I have currently.”

Almirola has been with SHR since 2018. He joins Kevin Harvick as the second driver to leave the team at the end of the season.

Previously Josh Berry was announced as the replacement for Harvick.

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