The Driver Suit Blog-The First Cuban To Win In NASCAR’s Top Series

By David G. Firestone

NASCAR is closely associated with a lot of things. One thing it isn’t typically associated with is Cuba. The typical driver profile that most people all drivers are Caucasian males. In recent years however, NASCAR has been working to increase diversity in the sport. The Drive for Diversity is a program that has brought a lot of diverse talent into NASCAR, including Paul Harraka, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Natalie Decker, Kenzie Ruston, Mackena Bell, Sergio Pena, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez, and Aric Almirola.

Born in Flordia to Cuban parents, Aric Almirola began racing karts at age 8, eventually racing nationally at age 14. In 2002, he started racing in NASCAR, eventually joining Drive for Diversity in 2004. In 2005 he began racing in the Truck Series, eventually becoming the 24th driver to win races in all 3 of NASCAR’s top 3 series. During his career, he wore this undershirt. This Sparco X-COOL Silver lightweight undershirt shows a little use.The cowl has a small size tag, and SPARCO is embroidered in gray lettering.The front torso is unadorned.There is a rubber X-COOL Silver patch on the left side.The shoulders and sleeves are unadorned. The back of the shirt shows some very light wear.The back of the neck is unadorned.Aric Almirola’s twitter handle @aric_almirola is printed on the back, as opposed to the front for some reason.I like this, and hopefully, I can get this signed at some point.

I wasn’t going to do another one, but I tried this, and I wanted to share this recipe. So, it’s…


Shrimp de Jonghe

4 servings


1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 cups dry white wine

1 cup butter, melted

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups fresh bread crumbs

1 pinch ground cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 cup chopped fresh parsley


1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 11x 7 inch casserole dish.

2-Place shrimp evenly in the casserole dish.

3-Pour wine over the shrimp.

4-Mix together butter, garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, parsley and bread crumbs.

5-Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the shrimp. Refrigerate now if desired.

6-Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until shrimp are firm and topping is golden brown. Serve immediately.

Next week, a firesuit from an aspect of racing that isn’t really discussed.

Author: dgf2099

I'm just a normal guy who collects race-worn driver suits, helmets, sheet metal, and other race-worn items. I will use this blog to help collectors, and race fans alike understand the various aspects of driver suits and helmets, and commentate on paint schemes.

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