Aric AlmirolaAric Almirola wants to win races and contend for the Championship this year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Aric pilots the No. 88 Grand Touring Vodka Chevrolet for JR Motorsports and currently sits 6th in the points standings after Talladega. I did the following interview with Aric at Auto Club Speedway back in March.

Ya know, a lot of guys have said that nails on a chalkboard is the sound or noise that they hate but I was thinking about it–who has a chalkboard these days? I mean, really, when was the last time they heard that? I guess it’s just one of those things that you just know is a really annoying sound. Actually, now that I’ve written that I’m remembering times I had in elementary school when I accidentally scraped my fingers on a chalkboard and it’s creeping me out, not so much the sound but the feeling. Good thing kids these days only have to have to deal with dry erase boards.


What is your favorite word? I say, “Really” a lot.

What is your least favorite word? No

What turns you on? Fast cars

What turns you off? People driving slow in the fast lane.

What sound or noise do you love? The sound of an engine.

What sound or noise do you hate? Nails on a chalkboard.

What is your favorite curse word? I don’t curse very often, but I guess it’d probably have to be “Hell.” Or maybe “Damn.”

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I wouldn’t be very good at it because I’m only weigh 165 pounds, but I would love to play football. I think it’d be interesting to just play a couple downs, if I didn’t get killed. (Me: Any particular position you would want to play?) I think I’d like to play wide receiver but only if the ball is thrown to me. I don’t want to play wide receiver if I’m just running around or having to block for the running back. I’d want the ball thrown to me every down.

What profession would you not like to do? Hockey, for sure. I would not play hockey. All of those guys are missing teeth and they always fight. Hockey is not for me. I can’t even watch hockey. I understand it, I understand the concept, but for me watching it is even tough because you can’t see that little black puck it goes so fast.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Heaven does exist, in my mind, so that’s not even a question for me. If I’m waiting on God to say something hopefully it’s “Come in.”

Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.