Sebastien Bourdais transported to Methodist Hospital after qualifying shunt

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Sebastien Bourdais has been transported to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital following a vicious shunt during qualifications for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Bourdais, 37, was on the penultimate circuit of his four-lap qualifying effort during Saturday’s first round of qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he lost control of his No. 18 Honda, sliding up the racing surface and impacting the SAFER barrier heavily in Turn 2. The Frenchman’s car then spun around and flipped once before ultimately coming to a rest on the backstretch.

The Holmatro Safety Team responded to the incident instantly, arriving at Bourdais’ car in mere seconds. The team then carefully removed Bourdais from his machine, secured him in a stretcher and placed him inside of an ambulance for transport to the local hospital.

INDYCAR officials gave an official update on Bourdais’ conditions minutes after the incident saying the Frenchman was “awake and alert and never lost consciousness.”

UPDATE: May 20, 2017, 8:12 p.m. ET. 

Bourdais has been diagnosed with multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fractured right hip after his incident in qualifying. Per the release, Bourdais will undergo surgery to his pelvis tis evening at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.

The formal statement from INDYCAR is as follows:

“Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais was diagnosed with multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip following an incident today while attempting to qualify for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

According to INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Bourdais will undergo surgery on his pelvis this evening at IU Health Methodist Hospital. 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.

Statement from team 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.”

Additional updates on Bourdais’ condition will be released when available.”

Update: May 21, 2017, 11:25 a.m. ET

Sebastien Bourdais is recovering at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital after undergoing successful surgery to his pelvic reason on Saturday night, INDYCAR officials confirmed on Sunday morning.

The Dale Coyne Racing driver remains in the hospital.

Official release from INDYCAR:

“Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais underwent successful surgery Saturday night for pelvic injuries he sustained while attempting to qualify for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

The Dale Coyne Racing driver sustained multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip in the incident Saturday.

“Surgery went well,” INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows said. “I’ve met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected.”

Additional updates on Bourdais’ condition will be released when available.”

Update: May 21, 2017, 5:03 p.m. ET

Sebastien Bourdais has released a statement on his condition following the crash.

“I want to thank everybody for the support and the messages, quite a few drivers have already dropped by,” Bourdais said. “It’s going to take time, but I’m feeling pretty good since the surgery. I’ll be back at some point. Just don’t know when yet!”

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