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Next season Austin Cindric to drive Penske’s iconic No. 2


With the reigning Xfinity race car driver Brad Keselowski leaving Team Penske, the door is open for Austin Cindric. This cup series is a big step for the rookie, but Roger Penske says Cindric has proven his abilities. The Associated Press has the story:

The No. 2 car is iconic to this sport and represents the foundation of the Penske team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Austin Cindric will replace 2012 NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski in Team Penske’s flagship No. 2 Ford next season.

FILE – Austin Cindric reacts in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Road America in Elkhart, Wisc., in this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, file photo. Road America owns a reputation as one of the nation’s foremost road courses, but it hasn’t hosted a NASCAR Cup Series event since the 1950s. That changes Sunday on the Fourth of July. (Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP, File)

Roger Penske announced last year the reigning Xfinity Series champion would move to the Cup Series in 2022 but in the car fielded by Wood Brothers Racing in a technical alliance with Team Penske. The team confirmed Thursday that Keselowski is leaving at the end of his 12th season with the organization, opening the iconic seat for Cindric.

Keselowski has not announced next his 2022 plans as of Thursday but he’s presumed to be moving to Roush Fenway Racing with an an ownership stake in that organization.

Austin Cindric celebrates after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

“Austin is a champion and has proven his abilities both on and off the track,” team owner Penske said. “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.”

Cindric was to replace Matt DiBenedetto in the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. That seat will now go to Xfinity Series driver Harrison Burton.

Brad Keselowski makes a pitstop during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Lebanon, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Burton is the 20-year-old son of retired racer and NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton. He won four races last season and is currently fifth in the Xfinity Series standings.

Cindric, 22, is the son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric. He has 12 career Xfinity victories and is leading the championship standings. Cindric has already made six Cup starts this year in preparation for next season.

“The No. 2 car is iconic to this sport and is a number that represents the foundation of this team,” Cindric said. “It is a great honor and a great responsibility to continue that role.”

Harrison Burton, front right, stands for the national anthem before a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Lebanon, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The shuffling puts DiBenedetto out of a ride after two years in the No. 21. He made the playoffs last season and had hoped to keep his seat with Keselowski’s impending departure.

Keselowski gave Penske his first NASCAR Cup title in his third season with the organization. A perennial title contender, Keselowski has 35 career victories and is currently 10th in the standings but has a playoff-qualifying victory.

He heads to Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the defending race winner.

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