“A Lot of Pressure” – Austin Cindric on Winning at Indianapolis

Published 08/17/2021, 1:52 PM EDT
Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Cindric (33) leads the field during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Austin Cindric triumphed during the Xfinity race at Indianapolis and helped Team Penske secure a clean sweep on Saturday. However, he knows that the regular season is still underway and his rivals are not far behind. In light of this, Cindric opened up on winning for the Team Penske organization.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Austin Cindric confessed that his team put in a number of late nights. This is why he dedicated his win on the Indianapolis road course to them, adding that it was a team effort and a team win.

This race and this race track means so much to so many people for so many different reasons. You can feel a different tone on the grid, a different sense of urgency. Today was almost an exhibition race for us, obviously, our strategy was to get playoff points, not stage points. There’s certainly a lot of pressure and my guys put in the work. This is definitely a team win“, said Austin in an interview.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

WATCH THIS STORY: 5 Fascinating Facts About Tommy Fury: Paul vs. Woodley.

Austin Cindric has increased his chances of retaining the title

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Following the Xfinity race at the Indianapolis road course, Cindric rocketed to 896 points. His nearest rival is AJ Allmendinger, 82 points adrift of the Penske star. Allmendinger finished 2nd on the track, with Justin Haley in third place. Haley himself sits comfortably in sixth place and is well-positioned to reach the 2021 Xfinity Series playoffs.

Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe (14) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Cindric (33) during the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Admittedly, the likes of Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier and Harrison Burton did not enjoy particularly great races. All of these drivers are comfortably in the playoffs, so they weren’t under immense pressure to perform. However, the competition will be much more fierce near the tail of the Top 10.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Drivers like Jeremy Clements, Riley Herbst, Michael Annett, Myatt Snider, and Brandon Brown will push themselves to their limits. Jeremy, Riley, and Michael are right on the bubble in the playoff standings which will give them an extra edge. Meanwhile, a good result for Snider and Brown could unseat two of the three drivers mentioned.

DIVE DEEPER

How Did Austin Cindric Land a Seat at Team Penske and Replace Brad Keselowski?

2 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Dhruv George

12001 articles

Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT