Saturday’s qualifying run for the Indianapolis 500 was temporarily halted after Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais crashed hard into the outside wall at Turn 2.
Bourdais was on pace to set the new fastest lap during the qualifying session when his car got loose halfway through Turn 2. The Frenchman then tried to correct the mistake, which sent him darting towards the outside wall at over 200 mph.
Bourdais was examined at the infield medical facility at Indy before being transferred to a nearby hospital. He underwent surgery for a fractured pelvis on Saturday and is also being treated for a fractured hip. Medical personnel reported that Bourdais was awake and alert the entire time and had no trouble moving his arms before they placed him on a stretcher.
The 37-year old, who won the opening IndyCar Series round at St. Petersburg this year, will likely be forced to sit out the remainder of the IndyCar Series season. In a statement, Bourdais said he wasn’t sure when he’d be able to return, but assured fans he’ll be back in the car eventually.
“It’s going to take time, but I’m feeling pretty good since the surgery,” Bourdais said. “I’ll be back at some point. Just don’t know when yet.”
You can view the crash in the video embedded above.