INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Veteran driver Patrick Carpentier has crashed during Indianapolis 500 practice after taking over for Scott Speed in the No. 20 car.
Carpentier spun coming out of the first turn and slammed hard into the outside wall, causing serious damage to the left side of his car Sunday morning.
Track workers helped Carpentier out of the car, but he walked to the vehicle that took him to the infield medical center. There was no immediate update on Carpentier’s condition.
Speed had struggled with the car all week, and he was the only driver who did not make a qualifying attempt Saturday.
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.