Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski run into problems at the Glen

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Cheez-It 355 pole sitter Jeff Gordon has gone behind the wall due to an apparent power failure on his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet that occurred on Lap 50.

Gordon was running second to Marcos Ambrose when his car was spotted slow on the course heading into Turn 6.

The car did not go into the pits and as it crawled down the front stretch of the Watkins Glen International road course, NASCAR chose to bring out a caution flag.

A tow truck eventually got behind Gordon and pushed him behind the pit wall, where members from his team immediately went to work trying to diagnose the problem.

Gordon had led the first 29 laps of the race.

“We can’t find it, the car just lost power,” team owner Rick Hendrick said to ESPN as the crew tried to find the issue. “Everything’s dead. We put the batteries in it, but it’s lost power. Some connection, somewhere. We just don’t know where it is.”

Also suffering problems is fellow ex-Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who went to the garage shortly before the restart at Lap 55. Keselowski had sustained front-end damage to his car earlier in a run-in with Matt Kenseth, but issues with his brakes were the cause of him leaving the track.

Power, Newgarden, Dixon fastest in first of 2 IndyCar practices today at Barber Motorsports Park

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Will Power was fastest in Friday’s first of two IndyCar practice sessions at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power covered the 2.3-mile permanent road course in 1:07.5987 minutes at 122.488 mph in the 45-minute practice session.

Even though he spun off the course during his session, Phoenix winner Josef Newgarden still managed to be second-fastest (121.919 mph at 1:07.9141 minutes), followed by Scott Dixon (121.296 mph/1:082627), Max Chilton (121.251 mph/1:08.2882) and Ed Jones (121.215 mph/1:09.5692).

 

Sixth through 10th were Simon Pagenaud (121.208 mph/1:08.3122), Jordan King (121.113 mph/1:083661), Graham Rahal (121.059 mph/1:08.3964), St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais (121.029 mph/1:08.4131) and rookie Zach Veach (121.014 mph/1:08.4216).

Here’s the full speed chart:

Incidents:

* Early in the session, Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi ran off the track and into the grass, striking a small sign, but was able to get back on-track. However, Rossi was only able to complete 10 laps, relegating him to 20th-fastest in the 23-car field.

* Moments later, it appeared the rear brakes locked up on Newgarden heading into Turn 5, spinning him into the gravel trap. He was able to get going and returned to the pits for service and was back on-track with less than four minutes remaining in the session.

ALSO OF NOTE:

* The second practice session of the day will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. A third practice will take part Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET. The race, to be televised live Sunday on NBCSN, is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* However, weather forecast does not look promising for Sunday’s race. As of 1 p.m. ET today, the forecast calls for 100 percent rain throughout the day.

* Dixon has had an incredible record at Barber Motorsports Park, with seven podium finishes in eight starts there. Except for one thing: he has yet to win a race there. But he does have five runner-up and two other third-place showings on the permanent road course.

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