Austin Cindric to Debut With Brad Keselowski Racing at Martinsvilleby Kyle Pokrefky October 27, 2015 0 comments
Austin Cindric will make yet another foray into a new form of race car this upcoming weekend as he has received the call to race for Brad Keselowski Racing at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’s Kroger 200.
Cindric, 17, the son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, will make his Camping World Truck Series debut on Saturday in the team’s No. 29 Ford with sponsorship to be provided by Cooper Standard.
Cindric has been trying his hand at various racing disciplines throughout the year – racing in ARCA, IMSA Continental Series and in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites division in 2015.
In his two starts in the ARCA Racing Series this year, the Mooresville, N.C. native scored a fourth-place finish in his series debut at Iowa Speedway and a 17th-place finish that came after leading 27 laps at Kentucky Speedway.
“I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and can’t thank Brad enough for this opportunity,” Cindric said. “I’ve never been to Martinsville so it’ll be a whole new experience. I’ll just take it lap by lap and absorb as much information as possible.
” I just need to make sure I gain the respect of the competitors because I’m new to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I have no expectations. I’ll just take what the weekend brings me and go from there.”
Cindric will serve as a substitute driver for the weekend for injured driver Austin Theriault, who was sidelined after a head-on crash with a non-SAFER barrier covered wall at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early October.
Brian Keselowski substituted for Theriault in this past weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway and brought the No. 29 truck home with a 17th-place performance.
“One of the things I wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity,” team owner Brad Keselowski said. “Austin Cindric already has an incredibly diverse racing background.
“We’re happy to give him an opportunity in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 at Martinsville to learn what it’s like to compete at a high level in NASCAR and to gain experience so he’ll be prepared to take the next step in his career.”
Entering Martinsville, the No. 29 truck sits ninth in the owners standings and has gone to victory lane twice with Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano having each won a race in the truck.
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