[Aric  Almirola] has said this will be his last full-time season, but he wouldn’t rule out running select races in future years. With SHR not yet having replaced him and no driver seeming to have emerged as a leading candidate to do so, there has been chatter about whether Almirola would consider returning for one more full-time season, especially if his longtime sponsor, Smithfield, decides to return to the organization.

“I haven’t really put a whole lot of thought into it,” Almirola said July 2 at Road America when asked about reconsidering his retirement decision. “I really am focused on this year, and I really embrace this year.

“It has been an enjoyable year. It has been fun. … We’ve run good. We haven’t run exceptional, but we’ve run good, and we’re in the hunt, like we always are, to make the playoffs. From my standpoint, I’m focused on this year.”

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Aric Almirola announced prior to the season that 2022 would be his last full-time year. With SHR not having named a replacement yet, has he considered reversing his decision and returning? Almirola on whether he‘d reconsider: “I haven‘t really put a whole lot of thought into it.” pic.twitter.com/URMa0hTkT1

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