Former Grand Prix driver and four-time Champ Car World Series champion Sébastien Bourdais has suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis as a result of his horrifying accident in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
The Dale Coyne Racing driver looked on course to go fastest overall when he slammed nose first into the wall at Turn 2 after failing to correct a slide at the entry to the corner.
The Frenchman’s car was then launched into a roll before landing on its wheels; the 38-year-old was extricated from his car and taken to the local IU Health Methodist Hospital after complaining of soreness to his hips.
Attending doctors subsequently diagnosed him as having suffered multiple pelvic fractures, as well as a fracture to his right hip.
An official statement from IndyCar confirmed he would undergo surgery on Saturday night.
“According to IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Bourdais will undergo surgery on his pelvis this evening at IU Health Methodist Hospital,” their statement explains.
“Bourdais was on the third lap of his qualification run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his Dale Coyne Racing No. 18 GEICO Honda made hard contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier.”
Team owner Dale Coyne added: “Sébastien is in good hands here at IU Methodist Hospital with the staff and now we just wait for him to recover.”
The tea, has not yet announced whether Bourdais’ seat will be replaced, with final qualifying set to take place on Sunday. As per the Indianapolis 500 rules, any driver entered as a last-minute substitute will have to start from the back of the grid.
The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday 28 May.
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