Austin Cindric, one of NASCAR’s promising young drivers, will compete in select NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races for Team Penske and Roush-Fenway Racing in 2018. The 19-year-old Ford Performance development driver makes the transition to Team Penske and Roush-Fenway Racing following a breakout season in 2017 with Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR).
Cindric captured his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) career victory with BKR last season, edging out Noah Gragson at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The young driver delivered 16 top-10 finishes, eight top-five results, one pole position, and he led 106 laps on his way to finishing third in the NCWTS Playoffs.
He also made his NXS debut in 2017 when he won the pole at Road America for Team Penske. Cindric went on to finish 16th in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang.
Cindric competed in his NCWTS race for BKR at Martinsville Speedway in October of 2015, while his second series start came later that season at Phoenix Raceway. The son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric made four NCWTS starts for BKR in 2016, highlighted by a second-place qualifying effort at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Cindric captured his first ARCA Racing Series victory in 2016 at Kentucky Speedway, and he also produced two wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events at Watkins Glen International and Virginia International Raceway in 2016.
Driving in multiple disciplines to help refine his driving skills, Cindric has also raced in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge, Red Bull Global Rallycross and the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in his young career.
A three-time Presidential Fitness Award Winner who was nominated to Team USA Scholarship Team in 2015, Cindric resides in Mooresville, NC.
Cindric Key Accomplishments
- Finished third in 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) standings
- Scored first NCWTS career victory in 2017 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
- Won the pole at Road America in his NASCAR XFINITY Series Debut in 2017
- Posted two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins in 2016
- Won the 2016 ARCA Series race at Kentucky Speedway
- Became youngest winner in IMSA Continental Tire Series history with 2015 victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park