Austin Cindric to Race for Cunningham Motorsports at Iowa Speedway

Cunningham Motorsports

16-Year-Old Driver Will Make ARCA Debut in the No. 99 Ford

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 7, 2015) – Continuing to provide opportunities for talented young drivers to shine, Cunningham Motorsports announced today that 16-year-old Austin Cindric will make his ARCA Racing Series debut for the team in the July 17 race at Iowa Speedway.

Cindric has established himself as a very diverse driver at a young age. The ARCA Series race at Iowa will mark his seventh different series of competition in a 12-month period. He will drive the No. 99 Ford for Cunningham Motorsports at the 7/8-Mile Iowa Speedway.

“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, the son of Team Penske President Tim 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, NC. “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.”

The ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 is scheduled to start at 9:00 pm ET on Friday, July 17 and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.