MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Team Penske announced Thursday that 20-year-old Austin Cindric will compete full time in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang. In the midst of completing his NXS rookie season in 2018, Cindric will get the opportunity to build on that success as he works to bring another driver’s championship to the No. 22 Ford team next season.
“I have had such a unique opportunity this year to learn from so many people, and to learn quite a lot in a short amount of time,” said Cindric. “To have the chance to apply that experience for a full season with Team Penske in 2019 is a huge step in my career. I am so grateful for the confidence Mr. Penske, the 22 team, Ford Performance, Team Penske and all of their partners have put in me. I can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to accomplish together.”
Cindric began the 2018 XFINITY Series season competing for Roush Fenway Racing and made nine starts in the No. 60 Ford Mustang over the course of the year. The Mooresville, Nortgh Carolina driver also competed in eight races behind the wheel of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang, but the majority of Cindric’s NXS experience, and his best results, have come while racing the No. 22 Ford Mustang this season.
“Austin has done a solid job in his rookie season in the XFINITY Series under some tough circumstances,” said owner Roger Penske. “He has earned the opportunity to compete full time and fight for the championship in 2019. We are excited to continue to see him develop his stock car skills and he should be one of the exciting young drivers to watch next season.”
In a corresponding move, MoneyLion, America’s most-powerful financial membership, announced an enhanced, multi-year partnership with Team Penske, beginning with the 2019 NASCAR season. It will support Cindric as the primary sponsor for 18 races, beginning with Daytona all the way through the season-finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The company is also going to support Team Penske’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series efforts as well, as the primary sponsor on the No. 22 Ford Mustang, driven by Joey Logano, at the spring Talladega race and Watkins Glen race and for the No. 12 of Ryan Blaney at the spring Phoenix race.
“Team Penske has shown uncompromising support of our efforts thus far, and we only aim to reciprocate that to Team Penske and NASCAR fans everywhere,” said Dee Choubey, CEO and co-founder of MoneyLion. “We’re thrilled to show our commitment to the sport and its fans in new and exciting ways that fans can truly experience. We’re so proud to support Team Penske’s team’s efforts, and look forward to growing our support of the broader team next season with Austin, Joey, Ryan and their crews.”
MoneyLion served as the primary sponsor of Team Penske’s NASCAR XFINITY Series No. 22 Ford Mustang, piloted by Cindric, at Las Vegas, Richmond and Charlotte, and will once again appear on the car at Homestead in the season finale.
In celebration, MoneyLion and Team Penske are making the NASCAR experience more accessible and more rewarding than ever before by providing fans everywhere with more affordable access to the sport. MoneyLion has committed to providing racing fans across the country with 5% cashback on tickets to the track, 5% cashback on NASCAR.com purchases and 5% cashback on all at-track purchases.
Team Penske will continue to run the No. 12 Ford Mustang on a limited basis in 2019 with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Paul Menard sharing the driving duties.