Bourdais to undergo surgery after crash during Indy 500 qualifying

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French IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais has suffered a fractured pelvis in a fiery crash during Indianapolis 500 qualifying.

Track officials said doctors at Indiana University Methodist Hospital reported that Bourdais has multiple fractures in his pelvis and a fractured right hip.

Bourdais underwent successful surgery Saturday night at IU Health Methodist Hospital, where is remains in recovery. Dale Coyne Racing has not named a replacement to drive its No. 18, which is guaranteed a starting spot in the May 28 Indianapolis 500.

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

Sebastien Bourdais' first season back with Dale Coyne Racing, which he drove for in 2011, has come to an unfortunate end.

Dixon said had Bourdais completed his run without incident, there was a good chance he would have been at the top of the sheets today. Several said it was one of the hardest hits they'd seen. The next fastest drivers were clocked in the 230-mph range with lap times in the 39s.

"He was doing even better than expected", Billows said of his visit with Bourdais on Sunday morning.


This isn't to speak ill of Davison, who has two Indianapolis 500 starts with Dale Coyne Racing and is no doubt a known quantity to the team.

"It's exciting to be in the mix; I've never been in contention to really be any kind of factor [in qualifying], and that's just boring".

Bourdais won the season-opening race at St. Petersburg, Florida, and had the fastest time in Friday's practice.

"We've worked with James in the past and he has done a good job for us. That makes me very proud and happy". He is expected to undergo surgery to fix multiple fractures in his pelvis.

"Today was all about being in the fast nine".

Andretti Autosport, coming off a win in the Indianapolis 500 past year with Alexandria Rossi at the wheel, put four cars in the Fast Nine that will make the pole run today. Bourdais may have tried to catch the auto, but as the back end jumped back to the let, the rear wheels got hooked up again.

He did not take part in the second qualifying day on Sunday and will make his debut in the No. 18 vehicle on Monday.

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