Battling to make the playoffs in the Camping World Truck Series, Austin Cindric announced on Twitter that he will be piloting the No. 22 Team Penske XFINITY Series car next weekend at Road America making his series debut.
Cindric, 18, son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, is familiar to road courses. Last year, he made two K&N Pro Series East starts, winning both of them on a pair of unique road courses. At Virginia International Raceway, he led 29 of 55 laps for Martin-McClure Racing. He followed that up by leading all 41 laps at Watkins Glen International.
In the past, Cindric has starts at Road America in the Pirelli World Challenge Series. This season on the pair of XFINITY road courses run earlier this month, Team Penske has one victory with Sam Hornish Jr., dominating leading 61 of 75 laps at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The previous week at the Glen, Joey Logano finished in the runner-up position with Brad Keselowski rounding out the podium in third.
“It’s the biggest opportunity of my racing career and I’m really excited to get started at one of the best race tracks in the country, in my opinion,” Cindric said in a Twitter video. “Should be a lot of fun and should be exciting and I hope I can pull it off.”
In 14 Truck Series starts this season, Cindric has three top five and eight top-10 finishes. The No. 19 team has a streak of six straight top 10s, dating back to the end of June at Iowa Speedway.
The Ohio native plans to pull doubly duty at Road America, as he will also be competing in the ARCA race on Sunday.
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