When you’ve been as versatile – and busy – as Austin Cindric has in 2015, why not add another race weekend in another badass GT3 car to your schedule?
Cindric, 16, will make his return to the Pirelli World Challenge series in this weekend’s doubleheader round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
He’ll drive the No. 25 Blancpain Racing Lamborghini Gallardo Extenso R-EX in the GTA class. Nick Catsburg and Tomas Enge have driven the car thus far this year.
He made his series debut last year, running in a GTS class Ford Mustang Boss 302S and running for charity.
In a four-week period, Cindric will have won the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the first win for the new Ford Shelby GT350R-C, raced in ARCA at Iowa Speedway, finishing a frustrated fourth (he told me afterwards he felt a win on debut was possible), split the Ford and GRC Lites duties at Lime Rock Park and Detroit, and now uses another weekend to make his second start in a GT3 car, after also driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in February.
All this, again, for the 16-year-old who lives in Charlotte and only just finished his sophomore year of high school.
“After my outing in the 12 Hours of Bathurst, I was eager to gather more experience in GT3,” Cindric said in a release. “Reiter Engineering and Blancpain Racing is a proven team with great cars and I’m really excited as this came up at just the right time as it is one of the few weekends that doesn’t conflict with something else on my schedule.”