Interview

Cindric Continues to Expand His Racing Resume

Continuing to gain experience, Austin Cindric will drive the No. 2 PIRTEK Ford F-150 at Dover International Speedway in a third truck for Brad Keselowski Racing.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Cindric told POPULAR SPEED. “It’s good to back in a truck again since my last race at Phoenix. I thought there was a lot that I learned from a few races last year that I think I can apply here, so [I’m] hoping the rains hold off and we have a good run.”

Friday evening’s race will be Cindric’s third career truck series start. He finished 25th in his debut at Martinsville last October, followed by a 14th-place finish at Phoenix.

Cindric was quick to shake off any rust, posting the sixth-fastest time in practice Thursday.

“I’m quite happy with that, especially from where we started the day, coming in knowing nothing about Dover,” he said. “So, really happy about that and can carry over tomorrow. I think we have a good package.”

With little experience in stock cars, Cindric is still getting used to driving a truck and learning how to tell whether it’s loose or tight has been the biggest lesson so far.

Cindric isn’t new to racing, though. He has raced in both USF2000 and Global Rallycross over the past couple of years. Family ties in motorsports also run deep as Austin’s father, Tim Cindric, is the President of Team Penske.

“I want to be a professional racecar driver when I’m older, and however I can get to the path, I’ll pursue it,” Cindric said. “You’ve seen that in the different things that I’ve done throughout my career. It’s all about finding what it takes to be a professional driver.”

Cindric currently doesn’t have any other events planned beyond Dover. He’s hopeful that sponsorship materializes, particularly for a start at Talladega.

“Talladega would be a big one as it’d be nice to get a restrictor plate race checked off the board,” he said. “It depends on sponsorship, but hopefully, it’s possible.”

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