The Charlotte Observer is reporting Aric Almirola will take the wheel of Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 Ford for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
According to the paper the deal, which has come together very quickly, will be officially announced after the Christmas and New Year's holidays and will include a sponsor announcement.
Almirola, was set to begin his second full season with JR Motorsports' #88 team in 2012, but his move to the Cup series now leaves his future with that organization unclear.
A spokesperson for RPM told the paper Friday night the organization did plan to make a driver announcement for the ride after the holidays but would have no other comment at this time.
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