Ed Carpenter Racing team owner/driver Ed Carpenter says he is confident that Rinus Veekay will be back on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday despite a heavy crash early on Thursday.

Veekay suffered a broken finger but was cleared to drive.

Speaking to Paddock Eye on Thursday following his day, Carpenter said that the team have brought the car back to the shop to repair it and that he doesn’t expect to run the other chassis as it Rinus’ race car for Barber next week, St Pete and the Texas double-header.

It’s my understanding that he’s cleared. I know the guys took that car back to the shop. If we can get that car together, it’s possible he runs tomorrow.

I don’t know that we would pull out his backup, just because it will be the race car for Barber, St. Pete and Texas. It’s all a little tight to going racing, the risk, potentially another excursion.

If the guys can get that other car back together, possibly. I don’t really know. I was focusing on what I was doing with my car, debriefing with Conor. A lot of guys had gone back to the shop to evaluate all that, see where they were.

I’m waiting to hear from Tim Broyles, our team manager, on that. One of the good things about being a driver today, I don’t have to worry about everything, I can focus on what we have going on track and what we have to accomplish tomorrow yet with my run plan.

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