Austin Cindric adds ARCA at Iowa to his diverse racing portfolio

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Austin Cindric will add a start in the ARCA Series next weekend at Iowa Speedway to his already diverse racing portfolio, with Cunningham Motorsports.

The 16-year-old son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric adds the July 17 stock car race to his schedule this season, which is packed between the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in one of Multimatic Motorsports’ new Ford Shelby GT350R-Cs and the Red Bull Global Rallycross GRC Lites series.

“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,” Cindric said in a release.

“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.”

Cindric races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend in the Continental Tire Challenge race before heading to Iowa for ARCA the next weekend, then onto Detroit for the next GRC Lites weekend at the end of the month.

Top Fuel driver Austin Prock earns 2019 NHRA top rookie honors

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Having just completed a promising first year in NHRA Top Fuel competition, Austin Prock is on the road to even greater drag racing success in his career.

That’s why it’s not surprising that Prock was named the winner of the 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future Award during Monday night’s annual NHRA Awards dinner at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

The Road to the Future Award is NHRA’s version of Rookie of the Year, and Prock was among the brightest young stars on the circuit this past season, including winning his first national event at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle, the 16th race on the 24-race schedule.

What made that first win all the more sweeter is it came at the same event that his boss, legendary 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, captured his milestone 150th career win.

One month ago, Prock set a personal best run of 3.688 seconds at 334.40 mph over veteran driver Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals three weeks ago in Ennis, Texas (suburban Dallas).

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together,” Prock said in a media release. “My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight (president of John Force Racing). They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock became only the 10th rookie in the history of the NHRA pro ranks to both win a race in their first season and also go on to win the Road to the Future award. He also was the 13th rookie in the sport’s history to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs.

Prock becomes the sixth John Force Racing driver to earn the Road to the Future Award, joining Tony Pedregon (1996), Hight (2005), Ashley Force-Hood (2007), Mike Neff (2008), Courtney Force (2012) and Brittany Force (2013).

Austin Prock is the son of veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock, who tuned Hight to his third career NHRA Funny Car championship this past Sunday.

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