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Aric Almirola (photo by Amanda Vincent) Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Aric Almirola will be the driver of the No. 43 car in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012. He replaces A.J. Allmendinger, who left RPM to drive the No. 22 car at Penske Racing.“I’m very excited about this opportunity to not only drive the historic and iconic 43 car, but to work with all the people here at Richard Petty Motorsports,” Almirola said.In 2011, Almirola competed full-time in the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 88 car for JR Motorsports. He was still nunder contract with JRM, but that organization granted him a relase from his contract and announced on Wednesday that Almirola’s replacement there would be Cole Whitt.“I’m a little bit sad leaving where I left,” Almirola said. “I had a good home there with Junior Motorsports, but it was important for me to have their support to come do this.”Almirola has competed at the Sprint Cup level with Richard Petty Motorsports before, but driving...
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