Future Watch: Austin Cindric Racing Cards

Future Watch: Austin Cindric Racing Cards – Austin Cindric started his career in 2013 semi-professional legends cars and Bandolero Racing in North Carolina. He is son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric and the grandson of former Indy Car team owner and Red Roof Inn Founder, Jim Trueman.

Cindric attended the Skip Barber Racing School to gain road racing experience. In 2014 he joined Pabst Racing Services, finishing 14th in points with a second place podium finish on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway. He also competed in Historic Sports Car Racing, winning a race in a Porsche 944. In 2015, at age 17, Cindric competed in the Bathurst 12 Hour, the youngest driver to compete in the event, driving the No. 63 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG for Erebus Motorsport. He finished 21st overall and seventh in his class. In July, he won the CTSCC race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, becoming the youngest winner in the series at 17. Afterwards he made his ARCA debut at the #ThisIsMySpeedway 150 at Iowa Speedway, driving for Cunningham Motorsports. Cindric started and finished fourth in the race. He made his NASCAR debut in the Truck Series driving the No. 29 for Brad Keselowski Racing at Martinsville as a substitute for Austin Theriault who was still recovering from his injury at Las Vegas.

In 2016, Cindric drove the No. 6 McLaren for K-PAX Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge, while also joining Martin-McClure Racing for two K&N Pro Series East events and for Brad Keselowski Racing in the No. 2 F-150 at Dover International Speedway. Later in the year, he recorded his first ARCA win at Kentucky Speedway. That October, Cindric made his restrictor track debut at Talladega, finishing 20th. In November 2016, BKR announced Cindric competed full-time in the Truck Series for 2017.

In August 2017, Cindric joined Team Penskeand drove the No. 22 car for the Xfinity Series race at Road America. In 2018, Cindric ran the full season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, splitting time between three different Ford Mustangs, Penske’s No. 12 and No. 22 Fords, and the No. 60 Ford of Roush Fenway Racing. Cindric got his first pole at Iowa in the season’s 14th race. He was involved in a violent crash in the Daytona race, in which he barrel-rolled twice in turn 2. In Cindric’s last ride with the No. 60 Roush Fenway car at Darlington, he was turned by Ryan Truex exiting turn 4 on the third lap and spun out resulting in a 40th-place finish.

On November 8, 2018, Team Penske announced that Cindric would compete full-time in their No. 22 Ford Mustang in 2019. MoneyLion was the primary sponsor for 18 races, part of a multi-year deal with the team. In August 2019, Cindric scored his first career NXS wins with back-to-back road course victories at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio. He finished the 2019 season sixth in points after finishing seventh at Homestead. Cindric scored his first oval victories in July 2020 at Kentucky Speedway, where he swept the weekend’s Xfinity races Shady Rays 200 and Alsco 300. He was the first driver to win national series races at the same track on two consecutive days since Richard Petty in 1971. Cindric also initially finished 2nd at Texas Motor Speedway to Kyle Busch the following week until Busch was disqualified for failing post-race inspection, which resulted in Cindric becoming the ninth driver to win three consecutive races in Series history.

Cindric made his racing card debut in 2018 in Panini’s Victory Lane and Certified products. Most recently, he was included in 2020 Panini Chronicles. After capturing the checkered flag at Daytona this past weekend, expect him to take the pole position on want lists!

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