One of NASCAR’s promising young drivers, Austin Cindric will compete in his first season driving full-time for Team Penske in 2019, racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for a team with a championship pedigree. The 20-year-old Cindric will drive the No. 22 MoneyLion/Discount Tire Ford Mustang following a breakout rookie NXS season that resulted in a Playoff run and top-10 finish in the series championship standings in 2018.

Cindric’s first complete season in the XFINITY Series was unique as he raced for two different organizations and three different teams over the course of 2018, producing solid results across the board. During his rookie NXS campaign, the young racer made nine starts for Roush-Fenway Racing, he competed in eight races in the No. 12 Ford Mustang for Team Penske and he drove 16 events in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, including a memorable Playoff pursuit to close the season.

Throughout 2018, Cindric demonstrated a knack for performing with consistency in a dynamic environment as he worked with three different crew chiefs across two different shops over the course of the season. Cindric won three pole positions in the No. 22 Mustang as he was the top qualifier in the NXS races at Iowa, Mid-Ohio and the Charlotte Roval for Team Penske. He also posted impressive results on the NXS road courses as he produced podium finishes at Mid-Ohio (season-best second place result) and the Charlotte Roval (third place). He was also running up front at Road America in August before engine issues brought an early end to his race.