Austin Cindric
22-Year-Old Driver  
Penske Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 2020 Xfinity Series champion will return to defend his title in 2021. The Penske Racing star built on a very good 2019 campaign and drove to six wins and 26 Top-10 finishes last season to claim the Xfinity Series crown. Cindric will once again drive the strong No. 22 Ford and the team will return all major parts, including crew chief Brian Wilson. The 22-year-old driver proved himself to be a strong driver, and very gifted at the road circuits. Cindric collected two of his six victories on those challenging courses. With NASCAR doing even more racing on these style tracks in the upcoming season, it only adds to the value that this driver and team bring to the table. Cindric should challenge to equal or exceed the six wins he posted last season, and will once again be a top contender to win the championship. Read Past Outlooks
Taking over No. 2 Ford at Penske
July 15, 2021
Team Penske announced that Cindric, the defending NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion and the current series points leader, will drive the famed No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series starting in 2022.
The rumors of Brad Keselowski leaving the team that have been circulating the last several weeks appear to be confirmed. Keselowski is out starting in 2022 and phenom Cindric will take over the team's No. 2 Ford. The young driver has piled up 12 victories in the last three seasons of Xfinity Series competition and has one championship in that division to this point. Cindric is in good position to defend that title at the close of this season. He'll be a great fit for the historic No. 2 ride at Team Penske next season.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Austin Cindric
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25 days ago
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29 days ago
Chase Elliott moved from 34th starting position to the top 10 by the end of the first stage and then drove to a comfortable lead to win the series race at Road America in Wisconsin.
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Chase Elliott has finished first or second in six of the last seven points paying road course races, so it stands to reason he’d be a heavy favorite at Road America.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Cindric was the most improved driver of last season's second half. After a slow start in the Penske Racing No. 22 Ford, the young driver came on strong and posted three pole positions and two victories in the final half of 2019. While Cindric didn't race for the championship at Homestead, he still finished a respectable fifth-place in the driver points. The 14 Top-5 and 24 Top-10 finish campaign was a good salvage job to a slow start to last season. Cindric will now take what he's learned in 67-career starts in this division of NASCAR and apply it in the upcoming season. He'll once again be paired with Brian Wilson and resume the good work they started last season. We should see an increase in wins and Top 5 totals. The youngster will give Justin Allgaier a good run for the money in the championship chase.
Cindric gets a major upgrade in status for 2019. He takes over the full-time driving duties for the strong No. 22 Ford of Penske Racing. This is the car that has been piloted by multi-driver Cup stars over the last several seasons. Last season alone this team accounted for six victories, 19 Top-5 and 25 Top-10 finishes between its five-driver lineup. Cindric nabbed six Top-5 and nine Top-10 finishes of that overall performance. He'll have to step up his game in the upcoming season, and we believe he will. Cindric is taking over one of the most elite teams in the Xfinity Series garage. After finishing eighth in the final driver standings last year, racing for multiple teams, the consistency of showing up each week in the No. 22 Ford Mustang will do wonders.
With the closure of Brad Keselowski's truck series operation, Briscoe and Cindric became two very good young drivers in search of a ride. Roush Fenway Racing stepped in and revived their No. 60 team in an opportunistic situation. This team was named Ford's development driver team, and the two truck series aces will head up the effort. Majeski is a 23-year-old product of kart racing and late model stocks. He made three starts for this team in 2017, and collected a Top-10 finish in the season finale at Homestead. The driver distribution for this team has yet to be announced, but we can only imagine it will be a heavy dose of Cindric and Briscoe, followed by a lesser dose of Majeski. This team should be pretty competitive given the talent behind the wheel.
Cindric replaces Daniel Hemric in the No. 19 Ford F-150 this season. The 18-year-old from Columbus, Ohio has just six-combined truck series starts over the last two years. Cindric's NASCAR experience is limited and spread all over the lower divisions of the sport. So this will be a baptism by fire as he takes on his first full schedule in a national touring series. Veteran crew chief Doug Randolph will help ease this transition and bend this sharp learning curve just a bit. Hemric posted 11 Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes in this truck last season en route to a strong sixth-place finish in the driver standings. We don't believe Cindric will have this ability right out of the gate, but he could grow to that level of performance in time.
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Fast Henry 180 Practice
July 2, 2021
CIndric was fastest in practice for the Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 107.870 mph.
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Wins Pocono Green 225
June 27, 2021
Cindric won the Pocono Green 225 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Fails inspection, moved to rear
June 13, 2021
Cindric will start in the rear during Sunday's All-Star Race at Texas after failing pre-race inspection twice, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Third at Fort Worth
June 12, 2021
Cindric finished third in the Alsco Uniforms 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Awarded Mid-Ohio Pole
June 2, 2021
Cindric will start from the pole for Saturday's BL Transport 170 Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
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