Austin Cindric to drive Penske’s iconic No. 2 next season


FILE – Austin Cindric reacts in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Road America in Elkhart, Wisc., in this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, file photo. Road America owns a reputation as one of the nation’s foremost road courses, but it hasn’t hosted a NASCAR Cup Series event since the 1950s. That changes Sunday on the Fourth of July. (Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Austin Cindric will replace 2012 NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski in Team Penske’s flagship No. 2 Ford next season. Cindric was already headed toward a Cup Series promotion but was slated to drive the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing. Keselowski has since decided to leave Team Penske at the end of his 12th season with the team. Now Cindric will take his seat. The Wood Brothers seat will be filled by 20-year-old Harrison Burton. The Thursday announcements leave Matt DiBenedetto out of a ride after two seasons with the Wood Brothers.

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