The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was rocked by the dramatic crash during qualifying ...
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was rocked by the dramatic crash during qualifying on Saturday when the veteran driver Sebastien Bourdais hit the wall hard.
This French pilot was evacuated, apparently still conscious, to a nearby Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital where he was scheduled to undergoing surgery Saturday evening for the fractured pelvis and right hip.
Sebastien Bourdais lost control of his No. 18 Honda in turn 2 on the third lap of his qualifying run, hitting a barrier.
The vehicle flipped over and back onto its wheels again, briefly engulfed in the ball of fire.
This crash occurred after Bourdais set the fastest laps of the day, and reaching speeds in excess of 231 miles per hour and lapping a Brickyard in the 38-second range. The next fastest drivers were clocked in a 230-mph range with lap times in the 39s.
This incident, which occurred after a qualifying session had been postponed due to weather, is being described as a worst crash since Gordon Smiley’s fatal 1982 qualifying accident. And the SAFER barrier system installed in 2002 could very well have saved Bourdais’ life.
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