No. 33 PIRTEK Ford Mustang – Austin Cindric
Stage 1: 29th
Stage 2: 37th
Laps Completed: 35/62
Laps Led: 2
Driver Points: N/A
Austin Cindric and the No. 33 PIRTEK Ford Mustang team finished the Jockey Made in America 250 in the 38th position Sunday afternoon at Road America. Before the No. 33 PIRTEK Mustang suffered a mechanical failure on lap 24, the NASCAR Cup Series rookie showed his potential by battling and leading laps.
Cindric showed his speed early after he qualified fifth in his second-ever Cup Series qualifying attempt. During the opening laps of the first 15-lap stage, Cindric settled into the fifth position. He reported his PIRTEK Ford was ok, just needed more grip. Crew chief Miles Stanley elected to pit early on lap 11 for four tires, fuel and tape. Shorty after the caution was displayed with Cindric scored in the 29th position to finish out Stage 1. During the stage caution most of the field came to pit road while Cindric stayed out, allowing him to restart the second stage in the third position.
As the green-flag fell to restart the race, Cindric powered his way, three wide for the race lead, putting on an impressive battle between Matt DiBenedetto and Kyle Busch. Cindric recaptured the lead with six-laps remaining in the second stage until misfortune struck and the No. 33 PIRTEK Ford suffered a mechanical failure while leading on lap 24. Cindric drove his PIRTEK Ford to the garage for repairs and rejoined the field in 39th position, 13 laps down and continued to run laps and gain experience before retiring his PIRTEK Ford from the race on lap 48, resulting in a 38th-place finish.
Quote: “I only had one wheel drive and when you only have two other ones spinning with 750 horsepower it is a bit challenging. It was quite dramatic taking the lead and then immediately losing everything. Not a weekend I am necessarily happy about. To have the opportunity to show up at this race track with extremely well-prepared race cars and have a shot to win both races is really great for someone in my position. But I want to make the most of it and I put way too much into it to have it go that bad, especially when you get moved out of the lead and then take it back as clean as possible, and then this is all you’ve got. That is racing. That is my motto for the weekend. I appreciate Pirtek and everyone at Road America for coming out to support us. It has been a great weekend.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!