Austin Cindric signs with Andretti

Pabst Racing announced that it has added driver Austin Cindric to its Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda lineup.

Cindric, 15, who resides in North Carolina, will drive the No. 77 Nightrain Pabst Racing car.

"He was able to learn so much in 2013 (his USF2000 rookie season) and we will continue to build on that experience, which I believe will bring great results for 2014," team owner Augie Pabst said.

Cindric, the son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, began his racing career in INEX Bandoleros in 2008 and progressed to US Legend cars and the Skip Barber Formula Series before entering the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system last year.

"I am very excited to start racing again in the USF2000 series," Cindric said. "I have enjoyed getting to know the Pabst Racing guys and I am really looking forward to working with them. We have already created a solid relationship through testing and I look forward to having some success together. My goals for this year are to continue with the momentum that I had at the end of last season, to continue to learn about the car and the tracks, and to work up to my potential and my first USF2000 win.

"I have been preparing for my second season by doing a good amount of testing and driving not only in the USF2000 car, but also getting valuable seat time in karts, legend cars, an F3 car, a vintage Porsche 944 and more."

The Winterfest series begins Feb. 21-22 at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans and will move to Barber Motorsports Park on Feb. 25-26.