Most drivers spend the off-season with their family and friends catching up on lost time after a grueling race season.
Not Austin Cindric.
Cindric is keeping busy with a preseason race schedule that should have him in high gear by the time he gets to Daytona to start the 2018 NASCAR campaign.
He just raced in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway last weekend and has a few more stops on his schedule in the coming weeks, according to racer.com.
Including last week he’ll be racing in five races, two countries, four disciplines with five different teams over the span. Definitely not a schedule for the faint of heart.
“Why not?” Cindric said about his upcoming racing schedule. “I think any driver given the opportunity to simply take part in these experiences would jump right on the opportunity.”
“For me, it is really just a quick compilation of all the different disciplines I’ve competed in the last few years, packed tightly into a few weeks,” added Cindric.
Cindric”s schedule got underway with the Rolex 24 and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar races last weekend. He’s now in Sweden to partake in the inaugural “RX2 on Ice” rallycross races on Feb. 1 and 10, and if that weren’t enough, he’s got the Xfinity Series races at Daytona the following weekend and Atlanta the weekend after that.
“It’s hard to convince yourself that you’re ready for something you’ve never done, and realistically the only race I can truly say I have complete prior knowledge for is the IMSA Continental Tire race in Daytona,” Cindric said. “Everything else is going to require a lot of quick thinking and continuous learning.”
The races in Sweden are done on ice, which could pose a challenge for someone like Cindric, who’s never raced on ice before.
“It’s something I’ve never done and only heard about,” Cindric said. “The only saving grace is that I have spent a lot of time driving the same car on tarmac.”
His Xfinity start at Daytona will only be his second start in the series as he enters into his first full-time season in the series. he finished third in the point standings in the Camping World Truck Series last season.
“This season will without a doubt be a make-or-break year for me to understand if I am truly fit for a future in NASCAR racing,” Cindric said.