Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Video: Wheel Breaks on Almirola’s Car, Sends Driver into Outside Wall at Phoenix

Aric Almirola broken wheel Phoenix 2023 NASCAR Cup Series
Aric Almirola suffered a broken wheel, which led to his No. 10 Ford Mustang going into the wall at Phoenix, and the wheel bouncing to a stop on the track surface on lap 138.

While running just outside the top-15 of the running order in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series United Rentals Work United 500 at Phoenix Raceway, the wheel fell off for Aric Almirola — literally.

On lap 138 of the 312-lap event, the right front wheel apparently broke on Almirola’s car, which sent the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang hard into the outside wall in Turn 4.

Here is a video of the wild incident courtesy of the FS1 broadcast:

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While we have seen wheels fall off of NASCAR Cup Series cars several times since the series moved to the single-lug nut wheels with the Next Gen cars, this incident appears to be the first instance of a wheel breaking.

As Almirola went back to the pit lane for repairs, the No. 10 team noticed that the center portion of the wheel was still bolted on the hub of the car. The remainder of the wheel sheered off and went flying off the car.

After slamming the wall, the toe link on the No. 10 car was damaged, which required more repairs. Almirola’s team was able to make said repairs, but due to losing a wheel during the event, the driver of the No. 10 car was held two laps by NASCAR.

Toby Christie
Toby Christiehttps://tobychristie.com
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of TobyChristie.com. Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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