Aric Almirola’s skills behind the wheel of a race car are public knowledge. But you might be surprised to learn that he’s also pretty fast behind a baby carriage.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup driver with Richard Petty Motorsports was joined by Petty and fellow driver Sam Hornish Jr. in the recent filming of a promotional video celebrating RPM’s return to Mooresville this year.
During the 31/2-minute video for the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau, which first aired July 1, “The King” and the drivers tell NASCAR reporter Kaitlyn Vincie what they like about Mooresville and what they do in the area during their downtime.
Jim Kenney of Kencom, the company that produced the video, was behind the camera. “At the very end, just as I said ‘Cut,’ Aric Almirola took a baby carriage with his child in it and went flying through the back of the frame. Broke everybody up. It could be part of a great outtakes tape.”
Kenney said the May 22 filming was as smooth as RPM’s return to town: “We spent a few minutes prepping the guys. They were given some bullet points by their PR people ahead of time. Kaitlyn was very well prepared to set them up, asking them questions about living there and what they do away from the track.
“The drivers were fantastic. They went above and beyond. I gave them about two minutes of material, and they just took it and ran with it.”
He said Petty was there for the entire shoot, watching his drivers while awaiting his cue. In the video, he makes his entrance by playfully reminding his drivers to “get back to work.”
“We specifically shot for that day because I knew it was the day they (RPM) were having their open house, and he would be there,” Kenney said. “Mr. Petty did his part in one take.
“He was a little longer in his response than what you see on there. We edited him, mainly for time more than anything else. I’ve worked with Mr. Petty and have probably done 15 or 20 interviews with him over the years. He’s always very relaxed and easygoing. He just kind of runs with what you ask him to do. He’s amazing.”
Almirola, who lives in Mooresville, is especially happy about RPM’s return. He lives close to the team’s new headquarters at Talbert Point Business Park.
“There is so much to do in Mooresville,” he said. “They have good restaurants and a lot of activities, which makes it nice for the fans who come to visit us.
“Between the different race shops to visit and Lake Norman, there is so much to do. My family and I love heading out on my Honda-powered Avalon pontoon and riding around looking at the scenery.”
The video also notes other racing teams that make Race City USA their home – among them Kyle Busch Motorsports, Penske Racing and JR Motorsports. There are mentions of local attractions and destinations ranging from Lake Norman to the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Memory Lane Museum, The Pit Indoor Karting Center and The GoPro Motorplex.
Kenney singled out the people of Mooresville.
“Everybody in the Mooresville area buys into the notion of Race City USA,” he said. “They’re always very helpful and make sure you have whatever you need.”
Reid Creager is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Reid? Email him at email@example.com.
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