INDIANAPOLIS – Sebastien Bourdais was diagnosed with multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip following a violent crash during his Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt on Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Bourdais was starting his third lap of his four-lap qualifying attempt as he made his way through turn two. His car bobbled at the exit of turn two and his No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda slammed head-on into the SAFER barrier at nearly 230 mph.
After making contact with the wall his car began flipping and briefly caught fire before rolling back onto its tires and coming to a stop down the backstretch. Bourdais could be seen moving around in the car before safety crews reached him and began tending to him.
IndyCar officials released a statement shortly thereafter confirming that Bourdais never lost consciousness and was being transported to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital for further evaluation.
It was there he was diagnosed with multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip. According to IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Bourdais will undergo surgery on his pelvis this evening at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.
“Sebastien is in good hands here at IU Methodist Hospital with the staff and now we just wait for him to recover,” said team owner Dale Coyne.