Search
Close this search box.

Partner

Cindric Inks Multi-Year Extension with Team Penske, Moving to Wood Brothers Racing Full-Time in 2022

SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 09: Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 Snap-On Ford, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Shady Rays 200 at Kentucky Speedway on July 09, 2020 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

On Thursday Morning, Team Penske announced the multi-year contract extension of current NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric, which outlines the team’s plans for the 22-year-old for at least the next two seasons.

Much like 2020, Cindric will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series full-time in 2021, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske, with the Mooresville, North Carolina-native looking to chase a championship in the series for the fourth straight season.  In addition to his NASCAR Xfinity Series effort, Cindric will pilot a fourth NASCAR Cup Series entry for Team Penske in select races throughout the 2021 season, with a car number and final schedule to be announced at a later date.

For 2022, Cindric will move to the NASCAR Cup Series on a full-time basis, driving the No. 21 Ford Mustang for Wood Brothers Racing – with Matt DiBenedetto holding onto the seat for 2021 — with a continued technical alliance with Team Penske.

“As we continue to position our team for future success, it is important to make sure Austin continues his development in the Xfinity Series with Team Penske,” said Roger Penske. “Austin has made great strides in recent years and he has become a consistent winner and a true championship contender this season. He will continue his natural progression and get some Cup Series experience in 2021. That will help him prepare for a full season in 2022 with the new NextGen car, racing the No. 21 Ford Mustang for Wood Brothers Racing.”

Cindric has had a career year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020, winning five races and scoring a series-high 17 top-fives, while also collecting the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Regular Season Championship.

“This is a big step forward in my career long-term, and I am humbled and motivated by the opportunity and the confidence that Team Penske, Ford Performance, the Wood Brothers, and all of our partners have expressed in my abilities and my development as a driver,” said Cindric. “Every race car driver wants to advance in his career, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than on a clear path with Team Penske that will eventually lead to a full-time opportunity in the NASCAR Cup Series. I’m really excited for this next chapter in my development to continue working towards competing and trying to win at the highest level. Another season of experience in the Xfinity Series will be beneficial and I’m looking forward to competing in some Cup Series races in 2021 to prepare for a full season in 2022.”

The Team Penske driver has proven to be a versatile driver in his professional racing career, winning races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series, while also successfully racing in numerous racing series throughout the world.

“Our Ford Performance family is one of the strongest in the sport, and to know now that we will have a driver like Austin in our camp in both Xfinity and Cup is a very exciting prospect,” said Ford Performance Global Director Mark Rushbrook. “He’s represented our brand so well this year by winning five races and being at the top of the standings, so we know he can get the job done. He’s also a great representative off the track and has helped us connect with an even younger fan base through some of our marketing initiatives. We are happy to see him remain with Team Penske and we are excited about his future with Ford Performance and the Wood Brothers.”


Matt DiBenedetto will retain his spot in the Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 next season, but will once again be a free agent after the conclusion of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, as Austin Cindric will take over the No. 21 for 2022 and beyond.

READ MORE from Toby Christie:

Matt DiBenedetto Will Drive the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Car Again in 2021

share it
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit

One Response

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Post

Kyle Weatherman JJ Yeley Jason Miller shove post race fight video 2024 Atlanta NASCAR Xfinity Series
Video: "Next Time You Touch My Racecar" Kyle Weatherman Takes Post-Race Shove After on-Track Incident with Yeley
Kevin Harvick Inc. 2024 schedule and drivers super late model late model stock
Kevin Harvick, Inc. Returns to Full-Time Racing, Unveils Driver Lineup
Daytona 500 qualifying results 2024 NASCAR Cup Series
Qualifying Results: 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500
Denny Hamlin Jim France NASCAR Team Owners Charter Agreement negotiations
'It's Disappointing': Denny Hamlin on Jim France Declining a Meeting with Cup Series Teams at Daytona
DriverIntros_DaleEarnhardtJr_3
Report: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Departing NBC Broadcast Booth; Set to Join Amazon Prime, Warner Bros. Discovery in 2025
NASCAR Cup Series starting lineup Ambetter Health 400 atlanta motor speedway 2024
Qualifying Results: NASCAR Cup Series Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta

Join Our Newsletter

Ready to have NASCAR news hand-delivered to your email daily?

Related Article