INDIANAPOLIS - Veteran driver Patrick Carpentier has been cleared to drive after crashing the No. 20 car during Indianapolis 500 practice.
He climbed into the car for the first time Sunday morning, replacing Scott Speed. Speed had struggled all week and was the only driver not to make a qualifying attempt Saturday.
Dragon Racing had yet to file the paperwork for a driver change.
Carpentier spun coming out of the first turn and slammed hard into the outside wall, causing serious damage to the left side.
Team owner Jay Penske does not have a backup car for the No. 20. Chinese rookie Ho-Pin Tung crashed Penske's other entry, the No. 8, on Saturday. Tung was diagnosed with a concussion and must sit out seven days.