WASHINGTON, DC – (June 20, 2014) – X Games Medalist, Austin Cindric, returns from testing V8 Supercars in Australia just in time for the Red Bull GRC, Washington D.C. Round.
While most 15 year olds are enjoying their first week of summer vacation poolside or sleeping in, Austin Cindric is traveling the world exploring just where his future championship may be earned. Directly after a quick podium photo shoot at X Games in Texas, Austin Cindric jumped on a cross-pacific flight to Australia to test in a Dunlop Series V8 Supercar. The purpose of the test was to provide an opportunity for Austin to gauge his competitiveness in a vehicle which is quite different than both the USF2000 and Red Bull Global Rallycross vehicles he races in the United States. The results of the test were very positive!
Steve Johnson, son of Dick Johnson provided the coaching to Austin as he piloted the Matt Stone Racing (MSR) Ford Falcon V8 Supercar around Queensland Raceway. With no prior experience with a right hand drive vehicle (remember Austin has yet to get his driver’s license in the USA), Austin began posting lap times “well on pace”. This test provided an opportunity for Austin to learn many new techniques. How will the experience in the V8 Supercar affect the way Austin looks at his upcoming race in D.C.? Austin Cindric provided a surprising answer, “I learned many new driving techniques while in the V8 Supercar but nothing that should be able to help me this weekend in DC. The cars are just too different from each other.”
While just entering the second round this season driving a Red Bull GRC lites car has been a steep learning curve for Austin Cindric. Racing to his Bronze Medal at X Games was the first time Austin had competed on a dirt surface and the first experience jumping a car through the air. Now with the experience of reaching speeds of over 170 mph at Queensland Raceway it will be great to hear the stories from Austin after this upcoming race!
As the experience to drive a V8 Supercar is something many of us dream of, we had to ask, are there any similarities between driving of a V8 Supercar and a GRC car? Austin provided an answer we all would agree with, “They are both a blast to drive!”
Blake Fuller, founder of Braille Battery and co-driver of the GO PUCK Nightrain Global Rallycross race car was excited to see Austin testing in V8 Supercar. “Austin being able to drive a V8 Supercar is a great opportunity as our Braille Batteries recently became the Spec battery of the V8 Supercar series. I also recently went over to Australia for testing and the excitement of that series is something that GRC brings to the fans in the USA!”
Red Bull Global Rallycross Volkswagen Rallycross DC will be broadcast at 2PM ET on Sunday, June 22 on NBC. The race will be re-aired on the NBC Sports Network at 2AM ET on Tuesday, June 24 (11PM ET on Monday, June 23). The race can be viewed live or on demand after broadcast on NBC Sports Live Extra, located at http://stream.nbcsports.com/liveextra.
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