When Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice got under way, Brad Keselowski wasn’t in his customary position behind the wheel of the no. 2 Team Penske Ford.
With Keselowski suffering from flu-like symptoms, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric took his place and ran 13 laps in the Deuce and wound up 28th on the speed chart.
The ailing Keselowski took over for a brief stint in the second half of the session but couldn’t improve on Cindric’s speed which was 28th on the practice sheet.
The team said in a statement that Keselowski will still start Sunday’s race.
Later The Associated Press quoted crew chief Paul Wolfe as saying the driver “is not doing too well.” Adding that it’s unknown if he’ll be able to complete the entire race.
Cindric said he will be on standby Sunday should Keselowski need a relief driver.