Austin Cindric competing full-time in Xfinity with Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske
Austin Cindric’s rookie season in the Xfinity Series will be spent racing for both Roush Fenway Racing and Team Penske.
The former driver for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series will drive the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing in nine races, including the Feb. 17 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Cindric is splitting time in the No. 60 with Ty Majeski and Chase Briscoe.
He will be with Roush for four of the first five races of the season.
For the remaining 24 races he will drive the No. 12 or No. 22 for Team Penske. His first race with Penske will be the Feb. 24 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 12, the team announced Thursday.
The 19-year-old driver is the son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric.
In the races Cindric will drive the No. 12, he will work with crew chief Matt Swiderski.
Swiderski joined Team Penske after working on Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 car in the Xfinity Series last year.
Prior to that, he was the head of vehicle performance at RCR for three seasons after serving as race engineer for RCR teams in both the Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“Just the experience of making the final four last season and getting to race for the Truck Series championship at Homestead for BKR was truly special for me, but has made me determined to find a way to try and get in that position again,” said Cindric in a press release. “Now to have the opportunity to run for a driver’s championship this year in the Xfinity Series with both Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing is a dream come true.
“I know there’s a lot left for me to learn. That being said, it puts the ball in my court because I have such an incredible and unique opportunity in front of me to be surrounded by the experience of two very successful organizations and that is all a driver can ask for. Much like last season, I feel like it may take a little time to adjust, but I’m eager to get started on that journey. I just can’t thank Roger Penske, Jack Roush and everyone with Ford Performance enough for this opportunity.”
Cindric made his Xfinity debut last year at Road America in the No. 22, where he started from the pole and finished 16th.
He has one Truck Series win in 29 starts, coming at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park last season.