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Aric Almirola impressed with Stewart-Haas Racing’s passion, facilities

Aric Almirola has been spending lots of time at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop this offseason as he moves into the No. 10 Ford, and he loves what he sees.

“When you drive up to the complex it’s so big and so massive. They have so many resources at their fingertips inside their race car shop,” Almirola said at a test session Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway.

“You see all their trophies in their trophy case and their championship trophies, it’s very evident why,” Almirola said. “Just the attention to detail, the amount of people pulling in the same direction — it’s incredible to see first-hand, so knowing I’ve had to race against that the last six years has been disheartening, but I’m glad I get to be a part of it finally. I’m excited about 2018 and the opportunity to out there and perform at a high level.”

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All of that stems from owners who “eat, sleep and breathe racing,” Almirola says of Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. Even if Stewart is away from the shop quite a bit, doing what you’d expect: racing.

“He’s been pretty quiet and off the radar, in New Zealand racing and all over the map,” Almirola said of Stewart. “He’s just a racer at heart and I think that’s what makes him and that company so special. He still wakes up every morning thinking about race cars.”