Gordon said his injured back, which he hurt at Charlotte last month, fueling rumors that he might retire, was doing much better.
"I'm doing a lot of ice ... some electric stimulation and my normal stretching and exercise routine that I always do, other than just trying not to push it too hard," said Gordon. "I've really gotten into bike riding this year and was in great shape right before that happened in Charlotte. I've had to stay off the bike and am looking forward to getting back on it."
After the first practice, Gordon's back was OK.
"It feels pretty good out here," the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion said. "I'm happy. As hard as you're braking and shifting, I was a little concerned, but it's gone really well. The plane ride out was harder than anything, just sitting for five or six hours."