Cindric was beforehand introduced as transitioning to the Cup Collection full-time subsequent season, driving the #21 Wooden Brothers Ford, however Harrison Burton will now take that seat subsequent 12 months.
Penske mentioned 2012 Cup Collection champion Keselowski was leaving the group “to pursue different alternatives inside the sport”, which opens the door to the potential Roush-Fenway-Keselowski deal that Autosport revealed in May.
Cindric, the son of Workforce Penske president Tim, will be part of team-mates Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano in Penske’s Cup Collection roster.
“Austin is a champion and has confirmed his talents each on and off the monitor.” mentioned group proprietor Roger Penske.
“The Cup Collection is an enormous step for any rookie however making this transfer now, along side the introduction of the brand new Subsequent Gen automobile, is sensible.
“He has gained useful expertise this 12 months competing in a handful of races on the Cup degree and he has proven that he belongs on the market.”
Cindric has earned 12 Xfinity Collection wins for Workforce Penske and presently leads the 2021 sequence level standings.
He has additionally made six Cup Collection begins in 2021, main laps in three of these occasions – whereas at COTA and Street America, Cindric certified within the prime 5. Along with these occasions, he additionally led laps on the Daytona 500 whereas working within the prime 10 for almost all of the race.
Austin Cindric, Workforce Penske, Ford Mustang Automobile Store
Photograph by: Nigel Kinrade / NKP / Motorsport Images
“All through my NASCAR profession, I’ve grown so much as a driver and a person,” mentioned Cindric.
“There are such a lot of people inside the partitions of Workforce Penske which have elevated me to a degree that matches this chance. The assist in the direction of my improvement from Roger, Workforce Penske, and all of our companions has been the main issue in the direction of race wins and a championship.
“The No. 2 automobile is iconic to this sport and is a quantity that represents the inspiration of this group. It’s a nice honour and an important accountability to proceed that position.
“As 2022 will get nearer, I’m excited to embrace that. Till then, my focus stays on profitable one other Xfinity Collection Championship.”
Workforce Penske introduced that long-time companion Low cost Tire will stay a key sponsor with the organisation transferring ahead on each the No. 2 of Cindric and the No. 12 of Blaney in 2022. The rest of Cindric’s companion lineup will probably be introduced at a later date.
Meantime, second-generation racer Burton, whose father Jeff made 695 begins between 1993 and 2014, will change Matt DiBenedetto at Wooden Brothers Racing.
“As a group proprietor, you at all times wish to preserve a watch for the longer term and what’s finest in your organisation in hopes to set your self up for fulfillment long-term,” mentioned group President and Co-Proprietor Eddie Wooden.
“As issues have progressed and adjusted over the previous few months, we had the possibility to have a look at what our choices are and once we decided that Harrison can be obtainable for our group, we needed to leap on the alternative to work with him.
“Harrison is younger, however comes from a household filled with profitable race automobile drivers. The recommendation and assist they will supply to Harrison as he makes this transition will probably be essential to his success.
“What a whole lot of us neglect is that he’s not even 21-years previous but and has solely been racing in each the Truck Collection and Xfinity Collection for a few years. So once we appeared on the future and discovering somebody to construct our program round, Harrison appeared like an important choice.”