Cindric Optimistic With Current Schedule
JOILET, IL — For many, running a full season with multiple teams would be a tall order to ask. For Austin Cindric it’s become normal, as throughout most of his young career he has spent time jumping from ride to ride in various series. This year, he is splitting the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule with Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing.
“I have been pretty accustomed to switching back forth between teams. I’m not sure I’ve done the same thing two years in-a-row, or really ever in my career, so I’ve had the great opportunity to work with a lot of different drivers in a lot of different series in a lot of different situations,” Cindric told POPULAR SPEED. “I think that’s kind of played to my advantage this year with adjusting to different crews and different personal and different methods of doing things. I think it’s a best-case scenario for me trying to get a full season in.”
For a driver who is also a rookie in the series, the situation at hand oddly provides itself as a great learning tool as he has two championship organizations to lean on during his first full season in NASCAR’s second-tier.
“It gives me a lot of perspectives, especially going back and forth between Roush and Penske,” Cindric said. “Two really successful organizations in this sport and the way they do things between each is. Nothing right or wrong, just a process you have to go through as a driver within the team is just different and to learn from both processes and to be able to pull things out that I can apply to make myself a better driver has been a great opportunity.”
Through 15 races, the 19-year-old currently sits 10th in the points standings after facing both ups (five top-10’s) and downs (five finishes outside the top-20). Despite the inconsistency though he still holds a 90-point advantage over the cutoff. While his current edge over 13th should be enough to secure himself a spot in the postseason, his focus for the rest of the regular season is to put himself an even better position for when the playoffs start in September. A process that begins with winning stages and races.
“We are trying to get playoff points with stage wins and winning races, and obviously you want to run as well as you can, but we are really looking forward to trying to get as much momentum heading into the playoffs,” Cindric said.
After making the final four last year in the Camping World Truck Series, he believes he can accomplish the same this year and maybe even follow in the footsteps of Chase Elliott and William Byron, both of whom won a championship in their rookie season.
“I think we can be a championship contender and I think with the amount I’m learning each weekend and with the cars, we’re bringing to the racetrack, I really think we can be in the final four at the end of it,” Cindric said. “It’s all just building up to the playoffs and making sure we’re as prepared as possible.”
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