“We would be a dangerous race team if we could figure out how to get the speed out of our cars week in and week out,” Almirola said.
Ultimately, the season may have ended with an early exit from the Chase for the Sprint Cup in large part due to a blown engine while Aric Almirola was running sixth at Chicago.
No matter, because just by earning a playoff berth Almirola and the entire Richard Petty Motorsports operation achieved a great deal.
A lack of speed results in Almirola continuing to overdrive and without a victory, he is an outsider when the Chase field is set.
A driver looking for redemption and underdog team united to become quite a story in 2014.
“I know it takes more than what I gave it last year. When you know what those things are, you should be able to take those and make them better.” Because Dillon has proven to be a good restrictor-plate racer – he finished no worse than 15th in the four events in 2014 – a win isn’t out of the question either.
An effort aided by the emphasis RCR places on performing well at Daytona and Talladega. 3 team back last season a lack of speed or a rookie driver?
“This year is our turn to make sure that we’re consistent at all the tracks we go to. We know that being part of a championship team, everywhere that you unload, you want to have the expectations that you can win.” Emphasizing Watkins Glen and Sonoma is a sound strategy, but it comes with risks. For any number of reasons Allmendinger fails to win at either Sonoma or Watkins Glen, and NASCAR’s Cinderella team doesn’t make a repeat playoff appearance.
Systematically moving up the NASCAR ladder, Austin Dillon won the 2011 Camping World Truck Series title and two years later the Nationwide Series championship. 3) car, Dillon was seen as the popular pick to win Rookie of the Year.
And as he ran sixth in the Chase opener at Chicagoland, that wish seemed to be a possibility until a motor failure sent his car limping to the garage.
Although he would bounce back with a sixth-place effort the next week, the points hit was too great – Almirola would be dropped from the Chase in the first round of eliminations. “We won a race, made the Chase and we did all the things we set out to do.
Back in the Sprint Cup Series full-time after a failed drug test two years before, AJ Allmendinger and JTG Daugherty Racing enjoyed a successful first season together.