MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Recognized as one of the top driver development teams in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Cunningham Motorsports is expanding its program with 16-year-old Austin Cindric, who will make his ARCA Racing Series debut in the #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway July 17.
Cindric, the son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric, is slated to drive the No. 99 Ford Fusion in the 150-lap event, live on FOX Sports 1.
“We are excited to work with Austin Cindric in his first opportunity to race in the ARCA Series,” said Kerry Scherer, Managing Director of Cunningham Motorsports. “Austin has experience racing in many different cars and we always look forward to helping young drivers grow and develop their skills. It will be great to work together with Austin at Iowa.”
Cindric currently races in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series where he drives one of the new Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustangs. He also drives full time in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series where he is already a two-time winner in the Lites division and a former X-Games medalist. Cindric began his career racing Bandoleros and Legends and moved on to drive USF2000 open-wheel cars and various sports cars. Cindric recently became the youngest driver to ever compete in the prestigious Bathurst 12 Hour race in Australia where he raced in a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in the A class.
Cunningham Motorsports has partnered with Team Penske in the past to help give opportunities for developing young drivers. Cunningham Motorsports has already earned three ARCA victories this season: Blake Jones at Talladega, Kyle Weatherman at New Jersey and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne at Pocono.
“It will be great to work with an experienced ARCA team like Cunningham Motorsports and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to race a stock car for the first time.” said Cindric, who just finished his sophomore year at Cannon School in Concord, N.C. “Iowa Speedway is one of the most challenging short ovals in the country. I have a lot to learn and I really appreciate how much effort it has taken, by so many people, to make this happen.”
Calypso Lemonades Short Track Challenge to Iowa
The #ThisIsMySpeedway150 is the sixth race of the 2015 Calypso Lemonades Short Track Challenge. The series-within-the-series consists of the 11 ARCA Racing Series short track events on this year’s schedule. Short tracks, as deemed by series officials, are tracks one-mile in length or less. Through the first five races of the Calypso Lemonades Short Track Challenge, Winchester winner Austin Wayne Self has a 10-point lead over Kyle Weatherman.
No Repeat Winners at Iowa
In eight previous ARCA races at Iowa since the inaugural event in 2006, there have been no repeat winners. Steve Wallace won the first ARCA race at Iowa, and current ARCA Racing Series championship points leader Grant Enfinger won the last one in 2013. Other ARCA winners at Iowa include Frank Kimmel (2007), Matt Hawkins (2008), Parker Kligerman (2009), Tom Hessert (2010), Ty Dillon (2011), and Alex Bowman (2012). Dillon is the only repeat Menards Pole winner at Iowa, having done it in 2010 and 2011.
Practice for the #ThisIsMySpeedway150 is from 11:15-12:45 Friday with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 4. The #ThisIsMySpeedway150 is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time. The #ThisIsMySpeedway150 is live on FOX Sports 1. Live Timing and Scoring will also be available at arcaracing.com.
-ARCA Racing Series Press Release & Photo