Biography

After establishing himself as one of the brightest rising stars in NASCAR, Austin Cindric is ready for new challenges and new opportunities in 2022 as he competes in his rookie NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) season with Team Penske and the No. 2 Discount Tire/Menards Ford Mustang team.

Cindric brings four years of NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) experience, including the 2020 Drivers’ Championship and the 2021 Owner’s title, to his first full season racing in Cup Series. Under the guidance of experienced crew chief Jeremy Bullins, the 23-year-old racer is ready to carry on the No. 2 Ford team’s tradition of success as he contends for Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors while ushering in NASCAR’s Next Gen era this season.

In 2021, Cindric and the No. 22 Team Penske Ford team provided a strong defense of their NXS title. The team enjoyed a memorable run, which culminated with the Xfinity Series Owner’s Championship and a second-place effort in the Driver’s title standings.

Cindric began the 2021 NXS season right where he left off in 2020 – in Victory Lane. Cindric won the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, marking Team Penske’s first Xfinity Series win at the 2.5-mile speedway and the first for Cindric in seven starts at Daytona. Cindric and the No. 22 Ford Mustang team captured four more race wins, 22 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes, led 1,150 laps and produced a series-high 13 season stage wins as they won the Owner’s championship while battling for the Driver’s title to the final lap of the season.