Austin Cindric raced into NASCAR history on Sunday afternoon, winning the 64th running of the Daytona 500 in the No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang. Cindric claimed the victory in only his second-career start in the Great American Race, winning Team Penske’s third Daytona 500 (2008, 2015, 2022). The victory kicked off Cindric’s rookie season by also locking the No. 2 Ford team into the NASCAR Playoffs. The former NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion led four times for 21 laps and used drafting help late from teammate Ryan Blaney to cross the checkered flag and secure the victory.
“Oh, my God. Do you know what makes it all better? A packed house. A packed house at the Daytona 500. I’ve got so many people to thank. First and foremost Roger Penske, happy birthday. Oh, my gosh. Appreciate Ryan (Blaney) being a great teammate. Obviously, he wants to win this one, but I’m so pumped for Discount Tire, Menards, Ford. Everybody works so hard with this Next Gen car, through this whole process, and damn, I am so excited. This makes up for losing a championship last race I did.”