Austin Cindric set for handful of NASCAR K&N road course races

Cindric and Jade Buford. Photo courtesy of IMSA
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Austin Cindric, who’s competed in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series with Brad Keselowski Racing last year and has compiled a diverse resume through other forms of motorsport, will run two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East road races for Martin-McClure Racing.

Cindric, 17, will drive in this weekend’s Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway and also at Watkins Glen International later this year in the team’s No. 39 entry. 

While he has short track experience, this will mark his first NASCAR road course start. He tested at the track prior to the weekend.

“I am really excited to get to race at VIR. I had never driven a stock car on a road course until our test, and I had a blast!” Cindric said in a release from the team.

“The cars are a handful with the high horsepower and heavy weight, but they are quite enjoyable to drive.  I am very grateful of the opportunity to compete for Martin-McClure Racing, especially after their recent success. I look forward to what the weekend brings.”

Added team co-owner Eric McClure in a release: “We are so pleased to have Austin Cindric compete for us this season. His resume, particularly at his age, is impressive and he comes from a tremendous racing pedigree. He’s a quality young man as well, and we are looking forward to giving him the best chance for success at VIR.”

Cindric is the son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric.

Cindric’s primary program for 2016 is in the Pirelli World Challenge, where he competes in a K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 in the series’ GT class. He raced at VIR last year in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in a Ford Shelby GT350R-C, and finished ninth in the GS class after being caught up in an accident.

He’s also won races in the Red Bull GRC Lites division and scored podiums in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series, the first rung on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder.