Austin Cindric who drives the No.2 Ford Mustang for Team Penske contending as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver speaks out about the differences he finds between the two major racing formats, the Formula 1 which is popular worldwide, and the National stock car racing series NASCAR and he thinks that there is just one simple distinction which happens to be the fanbase of that particular sport.
Austin Cindric is well known for his diversity in the motorsports community has taken part in the Sports Car Racing, the driver development program for the IndyCar series, the Road to Indy ladder, and also the Global RallyCross Championship before moving to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and finishing 3rd in the season standings of 2015 and in 2017 moved up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series winning the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship and finally made the move to Cup Series as a full-time driver in 2021 and won the 2022 Daytona 500.
“I think it humanizes a somewhat seemingly untouchable sport,” Austin Cindric talks about fans having access to speak with the drivers after a race
Austin Cindric elaborated on the polarity between Formula 1 and NASCAR as he went on to say that fans can come up and speak with the drivers after the race which is again not possible in the case of a Formula 1 race and also the drivers in the sport are not allowed to move around in different paddocks unless it’s his own and he thinks that Formula 1 lacks that humanitarian element there restricting access to fans and drivers.
“It is maybe the mentality more than anything else that is the difference, I can’t say I’ve seen a single race fan after riding the pontoon boat over to the paddock here. Whereas I can’t walk anywhere, within probably a five-mile radius of a NASCAR race, without seeing a race fan and taking some time with them. I think it humanizes a somewhat seemingly untouchable sport: even from a fan on the outside,” said Austin Cindric.
He added by speaking about his fondness for the Formula 1 sport and talked in detail about its differences from NASCAR as he said that his first memories of F1 are at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but the staff was watching an F1 race at Monaco and he added by saying that NASCAR is a stage-wise sport and F1 has a completely different focus element the tires, the strategy involves around tires and doesn’t involve refueling which makes it more exciting to watch.
“Probably my earliest memories of F1 are showing up at IMS, everyone’s kind of got their pre-race jitters, and it was the engineering staff and the drivers all just glued to the TV screens watching Monaco. So, it’s probably my earliest memory, and F1, it’s more about the pure strategy of the race. And the fact that you don’t have to fill up fuel in the race: the only strategy you have is tire strategy. So, there’s a lot of differences, and it makes it a bit exciting to watch,” added Austin Cindric.
He further added by talking about how he spent his off-weekend at an F1 track rather than spending it with family and how he got in contact with team officials and got onto the track he also admitted that he would like to try out the sport if he ever has a chance despite having his focus currently set on NASCAR and hopes to try it out soon.
“This is my first time ever at an F1 Grand Prix, so it’s a pretty unique opportunity,” “Obviously, it’s fairly close by, a pretty easy trip. So, I got in touch with folks at Shell and Pennzoil. And they got me out here. To be able to kind of experience this, there are pretty cool perspectives for sure.” “I would certainly love the opportunity to drive one. It’s a big respect for the machinery, the driving and what goes into it for sure and certainly getting more perspective on it from being here in Canada,” concluded Austin Cindric.
Having won the season opener, the 2022 Daytona 500, Austin Cindric made his way to the playoffs even before anyone else, and will he also emerge as the Cup Series Championship victor?