Austin Cindric will drive the full Xfinity Series, including nine race for Roush Fenway Racing and 24 for Team Penske. (Russell LaBounty)

MOORESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Austin Cindric will run a full season in NASCAR's second-tier Xfinity Series.

The 19-year-old Cindric will compete in nine races for Roush Fenway Racing, including four of the first five on the 2018 schedule and in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. He will drive either the No. 12 or the No. 22 for Team Penske in the remaining 24 races.

"I know there's a lot left for me to learn," said Cindric, who finished third in the Truck Series standings last season. "That being said, it puts the ball in my court because I have such an incredible and unique opportunity in front of me to be surrounded by the experience of two very successful organizations and that is all a driver can ask for.

"Much like last season, I feel like it may take a little time to adjust, but I'm eager to get started on that journey. I just can't thank Roger Penske, Jack Roush and everyone with Ford Performance enough for this opportunity."

Cindric made his Xfinity Series debut last year, driving the No. 22 Ford at Road America. He ran inside the top 10 for much of the race and was in line to compete for the win until he has to make an unscheduled pit stop to replace a flat tire. He finished 16th.

Cindric, the son fo Team Penske President Tim Cindric, already has enjoyed a busy preseason. He raced three different types of cars in three series, including two Rallycross Ice races in Sweden and at the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month.


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