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Injured De Silvestro cleared to drive at Indy 500

Simona de Silvestro was cleared to drive two days after a fiery crash burned her hands and put her availability for Saturday's Indy 500 qualifying session in doubt.

The 22-year-old Swiss driver was back on the track at practice early Saturday.

She lost control of the car Thursday and it flipped, burst into flames and slid down the track upside down. She has second degree burns on the back of her right hand and superficial burns on the back of her left hand and nose.

The Indy 500 race is May 29.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simona de Silvestro has been cleared to drive two days after a fiery crash burned her hands put her availability for Saturday's Indy 500 qualifying session in doubt.

The 22-year-old Swiss driver lost control of her car Thursday and it flipped, burst into flames and slid down the track upside down. She has second degree burns on the back of her right hand and superficial burns on the back of her left hand and nose.

She did not practice Friday. She was expected to be on the track on Saturday, the first of two qualifying days for the May 29 race.