Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Aric Almirola to Make Pit Stop at Feeding South Florida

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is set to make a pit stop in South Florida on Thursday, January 18. While here, Almirola will visit Feeding South Florida, where he will inspect, sort and package donated food items for families in need of assistance.

In addition, Almirola and Smithfield will be making a donation to Feeding South Florida that will provide meals to those in need in the four-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.

Almirola, who was born at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach and raised in Tampa, is of Cuban descent.  His paternal grandparents came over from Cuba on a freedom flight in 1966, when Aric’s father was four years old.

In the weeks leading up to the prestigious season-opening DAYTONA 500 Sunday, Feb. 18, the stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be visiting cities throughout the United States to promote “The Great American Race” with the Road to the DAYTONA 500 Tour. The cross-country media blitz includes Almirola’s visit in Miami.

All of the activities at Feeding South Florida will be open to the media. Almirola will be available for media interviews during the course of his visit.

WHO: Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; Feeding South Florida
WHAT: Aric Almirola volunteers at Feeding South Florida
WHERE: Feeding South Florida, 2501 Southwest 32 Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL 33023
WHEN: Thursday, January 18 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
MEDIA: To RSVP, please call or e-mail Neal Gulkis (305-224-3189), ngulkis@homesteadmiamispeedway.com or Greg Rios (786-351-7698), grios@homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

About Feeding South Florida
Feeding South Florida® is a member of the Feeding America® network of food banks and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Our mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida rescues 46 million pounds of food annually, serving 710,370 individuals in need of food assistance – 248,080 of whom are children and nearly 120,000 are older adults. Feeding South Florida is the largest and most efficient food bank in each county it serves, providing for 25% of the state’s food insecure population, through a local network of nearly 400 nonprofit partner agencies and direct service programs. Visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818.

About the Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is the world’s only motorsports stadium and was awarded SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the “World Center of Racing,” boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for events that include concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2017, NASCAR crowned champions in all three of its national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend for the 16th consecutive year (2002-17). Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2017 were Martin Truex Jr. (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series), William Byron (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Christopher Bell (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2018 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 16-18.