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Austin Cindric (born September 2, 1998) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske.

Austin Cindric
Austin Cindric Outside Hauler In Iowa.jpg
Cindric in 2017
BornAustin Cindric
(1998-09-02) September 2, 1998 (age 21)
Columbus, Ohio
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
66 races run over 3 years
Car no., teamNo. 22 (Team Penske)
2018 position8th
Best finish8th (2018)
First race2017 Johnsonville 180 (Road America)
Last race2019 Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 (Phoenix)
First win2019 Zippo 200 at The Glen (Watkins Glen)
Last win2019 B&L Transport 170 (Mid-Ohio)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 36 7
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
29 races run over 3 years
2017 position3rd
Best finish3rd (2017)
First race2015 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race2017 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win2017 Chevrolet Silverado 250 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 16 1
Statistics current as of November 9, 2019.

Racing careerEdit

Cindric started his career in semi-professional legends car and Bandolero racing in North Carolina. After attending the Skip Barber Racing School to gain road racing experience, in 2013 and 2014 he raced in the U.S. F2000 National Championship. In 2013 he finished 17th in points driving for Andretti Autosport with a best finish of seventh in the season finale. In 2014 he switched teams to 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 SportsCar Racing, winning a race in a Porsche 944.[1]

 
Cindric's No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 at the Brad Keselowski Racing shop

In 2014, Cindric began competing in the Global RallyCross Championship Lites, winning the bronze medal in his debut at X Games Austin 2014.[2][3] In October, he made his IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge debut for Racers Edge Motorsports at Road Atlanta with David Levine as co-driver, finishing 17th.[1] During the year, he was named a member of the Porsche North American Junior Academy.[4] 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;[5] he finished 21st overall and seventh in his class.[6] He began competing full-time in the CTSCC in 2015, driving for Multimatic Motorsports with Jade Buford as co-driver.[1] In July, he won the CTSCC race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, becoming the youngest (age 17) winner in the series.[7] Afterwards, he made his ARCA Racing Series debut at the #ThisIsMySpeedway 150 at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 99 for Cunningham Motorsports;[5] Cindric started and finished fourth in the race.[8] He made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 29 Ford F-150 for Brad Keselowski Racing at Martinsville as a substitute for Austin Theriault who was still recovering from his injury at Las Vegas.[9]

In 2016, he 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[10] and for Brad Keselowski Racing in the No. 2 F-150 at Dover International Speedway.[11] Later in the year, he recorded his first ARCA win at Kentucky Speedway.[12] That October, Cindric made his restrictor track debut at Talladega, finishing 20th. In November 2016, BKR announced Cindric would compete full-time in the Truck Series in 2017.[13]

During the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, he grabbed the pole for the season's lone road course race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Although he led the most laps that day, differing strategies saw Cindric behind Kaz Grala on the last lap. Cindric, on newer tires, made contact with Grala, causing the No. 33 to spin. Cindric went on to win and claim a playoff berth in team Brad Keselowski Racing's final season.[14] Grala claimed that he got run over, but Cindric marginalized his maneuver by calling it a "last resort" and claiming that it was justified by the need for a playoff spot. The move drew widespread criticism from other drivers, including Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell.[15]

A week after the Mosport incident, Cindric made a Global Rallycross start in which he collided with Scott Speed coming out of a joker lap. That led to a verbal confrontation from Speed afterwards and again drew the ire of the NASCAR community on social media.[16]

During the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Cindric replaced Brad Keselowski for final practice as Keselowski was experiencing flu-like symptoms.[17] Cindric remained on standby for the race,[18] but Keselowski ran the full event.[19] In September, Cindric once again served as a practice substitute driver, this time for Michael McDowell at the Bank of America Roval 400 while McDowell was being treated for a kidney stone.[20]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

 
Cindric's No. 22 Xfinity Series car at Road America

In August 2017, Cindric joined Team Penske's No. 22 car for the Xfinity Series race at Road America.[21]

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.[22] Cindric got his first pole at Iowa in the seasons 14th race, where the 22 car, which was the car he was driving in that race had a history of being fast, though he faded back to 11th in the race after finishing 2nd in stage 1. 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. The car, split between Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Ty Majeski, attracted notoriety during the season for being involved in numerous accidents, ending the year with 28: 22 brought out a caution flag, six spins that did not produce a caution, and four wrecks during practice or qualifying.[23]

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.[24]

In August 2019, Cindric scored his first career NXS wins with back-to-back road course victories at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio.[25][26]

Personal lifeEdit

He is son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric and the grandson of former IndyCar team owner and Red Roof Inn founder Jim Trueman.[1] Cindric graduated from Cannon School on May 18, 2017, hours before he competed in the Truck Series race at the nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway.[27]

Racing recordEdit

American Open-Wheel racing resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

USF2000 National Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2013 Andretti Autosport  
SEB
24
 
SEB
29
 
STP
23
 
STP
28
 
LOR
22
 
TOR
27
 
TOR
13
 
MDO
12
 
MDO
15
 
MDO
9
 
LAG
20
 
LAG
13
 
HOU
8
 
HOU
7
17th 77
2014 Pabst Racing Services  
STP
11
 
STP
10
 
BAR
9
 
BAR
17
 
IMS
8
 
IMS
21
 
LOR
2
 
TOR
15
 
TOR
18
 
MDO
18
 
MDO
6
 
MDO
6
 
LAG
12
 
LAG
20
14th 125

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2017 Team Penske 22 Ford DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA
16
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 104th 01 [28]
2018 Roush Fenway Racing 60 Ford DAY
40
LVS
34
PHO
16
CAL
28
MCH
23
DAY
33
NHA
17
GLN
13
DAR
40
8th 2231 [29]
Team Penske 12 Ford ATL
7
TEX
9
CLT
16
POC
4
CHI
14
KEN
10
BRI
14
IND
34
22 BRI
12
RCH
5
TAL
30
DOV
9
IOW
11
IOW
18
MOH
2*
ROA
37
LVS
9
RCH
13
CLT
3
DOV
8
KAN
39
TEX
3
PHO
4
HOM
5
2019 DAY
5
ATL
10
LVS
22
PHO
5
CAL
6
TEX
11
BRI
6
RCH
2
TAL
5
DOV
6
CLT
9
POC
7
MCH
11
IOW
10
CHI
5
DAY
4
KEN
14
NHA
12
IOW
37
GLN
1
MOH
1*
BRI
5
ROA
2
DAR
10
IND
27
LVS
12
RCH
2
CLT
3
DOV
3
KAN
25
TEX
3
PHO
6
HOM 5th* 858* [30]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2015 Brad Keselowski Racing 29 Ford DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR
25
TEX PHO
14
HOM 51st 49 [31]
2016 2 DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV
DNQ
CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI
18
MCH MSP
23
CHI NHA LVS TAL
20
MAR TEX PHO
15
HOM 36th 56 [32]
2017 19 DAY
27
ATL
21
MAR
21
KAN
10
CLT
13
DOV
5
TEX
25
GTW
11
IOW
8
KEN
4
ELD
10
POC
7
MCH
5
BRI
9
MSP
1*
CHI
15
NHA
8
LVS
4
TAL
5
MAR
10
TEX
2*
PHO
9
HOM
5
3rd 4032 [33]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2016 Martin-McClure Racing 39 Toyota NSM MOB GRE BRI VIR
1*
DOM STA COL NHA IOW GLN
1**
GRE NJM DOV 33rd 96 [34]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2015 Team Penske 99 Ford DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW
4
IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN
17
KAN 67th 365 [35]
2016 Cunningham Motorsports DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC
2
MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI
6
KEN
1*
KAN
2
30th 895 [36]
2017 DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP
23
POC WIN ISF ROA
12
DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 65th 305 [37]

Complete Global Rallycross Championship resultsEdit

(key)

SupercarEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 GRC Points
2017 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST MEM
LOU
THO1
THO2
OTT1
OTT2
INDY
AC1
AC2
SEA1
8
SEA2
4
LA
11th 102

GRC LitesEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Lites Points
2015 Olsbergs MSE Lites Ford Fiesta FTA
1
DAY1
9
DAY2
1
MCAS
5
DET1
3
DET2
3
DC
8
LA1
2
LA2
1
BAR1
2
BAR2
1
LV
10
2nd 473

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "RallyCross Lites". X Games. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
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