Team Penske announced today that Mazak Corporation will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Mustang driven by Austin Cindric for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 7.
The Texas race sponsorship builds on an extremely productive and integrated partnership between Mazak and Team Penske that began more than 25 years ago.
“Team Penske is excited to extend our partnership with Mazak,” said Roger Penske. “As one of the original Penske Racing sponsors, Mazak is a trusted partner that has helped grow our business. As the Team Penske organization has grown, so have Mazak’s applications, technical capabilities and involvement with our teams. From simple brackets to complex custom engine parts, the multi-tasking capability and advanced technology provided by Mazak’s production equipment has played a vital role in the success of Team Penske’s NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA Sports Car teams. We look forward to helping grow the Mazak brand through the new partnership with Austin Cindric and the No. 12 Ford Mustang team.”
For more than two decades, Team Penske has benefitted from its in-house equipment manufacturing process that’s bolstered by equipment supplied by Mazak. Inside Team Penske’s state-of-the-art facility located on 105 acres in Mooresville, North Carolina, the organization’s NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA Sports Car programs manufacture everything from chassis to key suspension parts, aided by Mazak’s cutting-edge technology.
“All of us at Mazak are proud to be a part of the most storied racing tradition in history,” said Mazak Chairman Brian Papke. “Mazak and Team Penske share an unwavering commitment to innovation and continuous improvement that drives everything we do.”
At just 19 years old, Cindric is one of NASCAR’s promising young drivers, and he is already considered a Rookie of the Year candidate in the XFINITY Series. Cindric will race for both Team Penske and Roush-Fenway Racing in 2018 NXS competition, following a breakout season in 2017 with Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Last season, Cindric captured his first NCWTS career victory with BKR at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and he finished third in the series Playoffs.
“Mazak has been such a loyal partner to Team Penske and they play a big role for us back in the shop,” said Cindric. “I am really grateful and excited to represent them at a track where I enjoyed some success last season in the Truck Series, and I hope to follow up their support with more of the same.”
Cindric made his NXS debut last season, driving the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang at Road America for Team Penske. Cindric ran inside the top 10 for much of the race and was in line to compete for the win when his car suffered a cut a tire late in the race and he had to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop. He wound up finishing in 16th place.
Already in 2018, Cindric has had a busy season as he has raced three different types of cars in three series including two Rallycross Ice races in Sweden, where he captured a heat win. Cindric also earned a sixth-place overall finish in the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona driving for JDC-Miller Motorsports before he produced his first top-10 NXS finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Team Penske and the No.12 Ford Team.