Austin Cindric helps ailing Brad Keselowski in Cup practice

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HAMPTON, Ga. – Brad Keselowski was not in his car to start Saturday’s Cup practice because of flu-like symptoms, Team Penske said in a statement.

Austin Cindric drove the car in the day’s only Cup practice for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Cindric will be on standby for the race.

Cindric drove 13 laps before Keselowski climbed into the car an hour into the 80-minute session. Keselowski ran 23 laps in the No. 2 Ford.

After meeting with his team, Keselowski rode a cart from the garage to the infield care center.