Austin Cindric, driving for Penske, bids to make Daytona 500

Austrin Cindric, who is about to make his debut in the NASCAR Cup Series, will seek to qualify for the Daytona 500 under the banner of Team Penske.

Cindric, a 22-year-old Ohio American, won the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship. In the midseason, he scored five wins in six races and then won the season-end in Phoenix.

He will compete in the No. 33 Ford at Daytona.

“There is much to be excited about going to Daytona,” said Cindric in a statement released by the team. “Needless to say, the Daytona 500 is the greatest crown jewel race in NASCAR and one of the greatest races in the world. So it’s a chance to be on the show for Roger Penske while driving.” big chance. Qualifying our way into the race as an “open” car will be a big challenge.

“I look forward to working with Miles and all the guys on Team # 33 and continuing to focus on winning consecutive Xfinity Series championships.”

Team Penske announced that Cindric will compete in the number 33 car in selected other Cup Series events this year while defending his Xfinity Series title. Cindric plans to enter the Cup series all day with Wood Brothers Racing in 2022.

Miles Stanley, previously part of Penske’s team with drivers Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano, will be the crew chief for Team # 33. Stanley will also remain a race engineer for Penske’s # 12 car, which Blaney will drive.

“Since joining Team Penske in 2013, I’ve grown as an engineer and learned from some of the best in the business,” Stanley said in a statement. “Now I have the chance to become the Series Crew Chief for one of the sport’s preeminent organizations. This is an amazing opportunity. Working with Austin at Daytona International Speedway is a perfect recipe for success.”

– Field level media

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