The crash that befell Sebastien Bourdais during Saturday’s qualifying session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has left the Frenchman with multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip, IndyCar officials have announced.
Bourdais was on course to set the fastest time overall having set two laps in excess of 231mph but lost control heading into turn two, striking the SAFER barrier heavily before coming to rest midway down the back stretch, with the #18 Dale Coyne Racing-Honda having initially rolled.
The Holmatro Safety Crew were quickly in attendance and he was taken directly to IU Health Methodist Hospital, and was to undergo surgery last night on his injuries.
“Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais was diagnosed with multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip following an incident today while attempting to qualify for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil,” read the statement from IndyCar officials.
“According to INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Bourdais will undergo surgery on his pelvis this evening at IU Health Methodist Hospital.”
Team Owner Dale Coyne said: “Sebastien is in good hands here at IU Methodist Hospital with the staff and now we just wait for him to recover.”