Team Penske announced on Thursday that Austin Cindric who was due to make his transition to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 with Wood Brothers Racing will instead join Team Penske replacing Brad Keselowski in the No.2 Team Penske Ford Mustang as Keselowski has decided to embark on an opportunity elsewhere within the sport.

Speaking about the news, Team Penske owner, Roger Penske said:

“Austin is a champion and has proven his abilities both on and off the track. “The Cup Series is a big step for any rookie but making this move now, in conjunction with the introduction of the new NextGen car, makes sense. He has gained valuable experience this year competing in a handful of races at the Cup level and he has shown that he belongs out there.”

Austin Cindric, the son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric commented on the news saying:

Throughout my NASCAR career, I’ve grown a lot as a driver and an individual. “There are so many individuals within the walls of Team Penske that have elevated me to a level that matches this opportunity. The support towards my development from Roger, Team Penske, and all of our partners has been the leading factor towards race wins and a championship.


“The No. 2 car is iconic to this sport and is a number that represents the foundation of this team. It is a great honor and a great responsibility to continue that role. As 2022 gets closer, I am excited to embrace that. Until then, my focus remains on winning another Xfinity Series Championship.”

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