Austin Cindric, the 2022 DAYTONA 500 champion, begins his third NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) season in 2024 driving the No. 2 Discount Tire/Menards/Freightliner/Autotrader/Snap-on/Keystone Light Ford Mustang for Team Penske. After reuniting with crew chief Brian Wilson late in the 2023 season, Cindric looks to build upon the success that he achieved with Wilson during their championship run together in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 
Cindric entered his sophomore NCS season in 2023 fresh off a fierce rookie campaign that included a triumph in the DAYTONA 500, winning his first Cup Series pole and his first series playoff run that resulted in the young driver winning 2022 Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors. After the whirlwind start to his Cup Series career, Cindric hoped to build on his accomplishments with another NCS Playoff run in 2023. Following another strong run in the DAYTONA 500 to start the year, Cindric and the No. 2 Ford Mustang team were determined to produce in the driver's sophomore season.

Cindric went on to secure six top-10 starting positions through the first eight races of the season, as he narrowly missed the pole position for the fifth race of the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway by six one-thousandths of a second. While the team was challenged to secure top race results in 2023, Cindric continued his development as the No. 2 crew fought to earn a Playoff berth.

In 2023, the 75th anniversary Cup Series season brought the return of the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway, as well as the addition of NASCAR's first-ever street race in Chicago. An undeniable force on road and street courses, Cindric utilized his road-racing skills to earn a sixth-place finish on the streets of the Windy City.