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UPDATE: Successful Surgery for Bourdais After Qualifying Accident

Dale Coyne Racing driver, Sebastien Bourdais, has been transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital following a crash in qualifying for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, round 6 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. The Frenchman make hard contact with the outside retaining wall after losing control of his No. 18 Honda. He made contact with a section of the wall that was reinforced with SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. INDYCAR communications reported that he was awake and alert while being transported to the local hospital. He reportedly never lost consciousness through the heavy accident.

The crash occurred after Bourdais set the single fastest first lap of the session a day after setting the fastest single lap in practice for the year. The No. 18 Honda was the 19th entry to qualifying for the day, with the remaining 14 cars resuming qualifying after a short period of repair. Scott Dixon currently tops the charts with a four-lap average of 230.333mph.


According to IndyCar communications, Bourdais sustained multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture in the right hip. According to INDYCAR Medical Director, Dr. Geoffrey Billow, Bourdais will undergo surgery on his pelvis tonight at IU Health Methodist. Dale Coyne Racing released a quote from owner, Dale Coyne: “Sebastien is in good hands here at IU Methodist Hospital with the staff and now we just wait for him to recover.” Slipstream will continue to update this story as information is released

UPDATE: 11:20 AM, Sunday

The series reports that Bourdais’ surgery was completed successfully. “Surgery went well,” Billows said. “I’ve met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected.”

UPDATE: Sunday Afternoon

Dale Coyne Racing announced Sunday ahead of qualifying that Australian driver James Davison will replace Sebastien Bourdais in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.

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