DEARBORN, Mich. – Four young Ford NASCAR drivers are set to compete in the season-opener for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Jan. 26.
Ford Performance Development Driver Chase Briscoe, along with Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Ty Majeski will be mentored and joined on track by IMSA champion Scott Maxwell as part of a two-car Mustang GT4 team in the GS class that weekend.
“We have an outstanding group of young drivers coming up and we feel putting them in this kind of environment with Scott Maxwell will benefit them for the rest of their careers,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “You have to be good on all types of tracks to compete for a NASCAR championship and this will give each of them valuable road course experience in our exciting Mustang GT4 with Multimatic Motorsports.”
Briscoe, 23, was announced as the first driver of Ford Performance’s Driver Development Program last year, and he’s coming off a season that saw him take home his share of honors in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver awards after qualifying for the series playoffs and winning the Ford 200 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“This is something I certainly never thought I would get an opportunity to do, but I’m super-excited for it,” said Briscoe. “This will be something new and I’m going to do a lot of it this year, so I think it’s going to be a good learning curve. I’ve only run two road courses my entire life and even though we ran decent, I didn’t feel like I ever knew what I was doing. Hopefully, I can get to the point by the end of this year where I know what I’m doing on a road course.”
“Even though I’ll be driving two different kind of race cars, the principals of how you drive and the technique it takes will be something I can learn. I’m also looking forward to having a teammate and competing in an event where both of you have an impact on how well you run.”
Cindric, 19, was a teammate of Briscoe’s at Brad Keselowski Racing in 2017 and won his first major NASCAR race in September at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. That helped him qualify for the inaugural Truck Series playoffs, where he advanced to the Championship 4 during Ford Championship Weekend and finish third in points.
Of note, Cindric has road racing experience, including a successful run in Multimatic Motorsport’s Ford Shelby GT350R-C program.
“For me with my background some of my biggest moments in the early part of my career have been with Multimatic racing Mustangs in the Continental Tire Series, so for me I’m coming home,” said Cindric. “I come from a different background than the other guys and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun, learn a few things and hopefully bring home some hardware because I know those Mustangs are pretty strong around Daytona.”
“Scott and I have become really good friends and he’s been a big help to me in my career and I look forward to being teammates with him again and having a little fun throughout the weekend.”
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