Team Penske announced Monday that Austin Cindric is set to make his final NASCAR Cup Series season debut this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
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Defending champion and current Xfinity Series points leader Cindric will drive the # 33 Ford in Sunday’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (1 p.m. ET, NBC / NBC Sports App, IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) . The race will mark his seventh Cup Series start this season as he completes his track preparation for a full-time jump to Cup competition in Penske’s No.2 Ford next year.
Cindric had hinted last week that Indianapolis could be the site of his last Cup Series start in 2021, calling it “the most logical place” for that to happen. It will duplicate Pennzoil 150 on Saturday at The Brickyard (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN / NBC Sports App, IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the 21st of 33 races in the Xfinity series this season.
Cindric’s best Cup Series result this season is 15th, a result from his series debut at the Daytona 500 in February. He has led several laps in three of his six Cup Series starts.
Cindric is a 12-time winner of the Xfinity Series. His four wins this season are number one among Xfinity regulars.