dglobalnews.com Sebastien Bourdais Out For Season After Indy 500 Qualifying Crash
Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Sebastien Bourdais Out For Season After Indy 500 Qualifying Crash

Sebastien Bourdais Out For Season After Indy 500 Qualifying Crash

French driver Sebastien Bourdais has undergone successful surgery for pelvic injuries sustained while attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, officials said on Sunday.

Coyne says his team are distract with what happened on Saturday, and he sent them home rather than beginning the build on the spare auto, but he does not expect it to be ready in time to qualify on Sunday or maybe even Monday's practice session at the Speedway. Dale Coyne Racing announced that Australian racer James Davison is set to drive Bourdais' No. 18 Honda in this year's Indianapolis 500, reports Racer.

Alonso finished with a four-lap average of 231.300 miles per hour in qualifying Sunday - after making an engine change.

According to Chris Long of KSTP-TV, Bourdais was first examined at the medical facility on the infield at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before being moved to a nearby hospital.

"I want to thank everybody for the support and the messages, quite a few drivers have already dropped by", Bourdais said. Had he not lifted on his third of four laps, he may have met a similar fate in the wall as Bourdais did. "I saw Sébastien this (Sunday) morning and he is better than I expected ".

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Davison has competed in two previous Indy 500s, in 2014 with KV Racing Technology (finishing 16th) and in 2015 with Coyne (finishing 27th). “With that said, Im extremely excited and ready to take on this challenge.

He made Saturday the two fastest laps of the day that were not improved after his accident. We wish him all the best in the days ahead as he starts his recovery.

Bourdais raced in Formula One in 2008-09 and is sixth on IndyCar's career victory list with 35. And after another engine change Thursday night, Bourdais suddenly jumped to the top of the 500 speed chart Friday - giving him hope of winning the pole. He was very good to me there.

The four-time IndyCar champion did not lose consciousness in the incident, and was awake and alert when the safety team arrived. Bourdais may have tried to catch the vehicle, but as the back end jumped back to the let, the rear wheels got hooked up again.

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