A violent crash during Saturday's qualifying session for the Indianapolis 500 had resulted in several fractures for Sebastian Bourdais. A small correction of oversteer sent him straight into the wall, badly damaging his car that immediately burst in flames as well.
Rescue workers were rapidly at the scene, and Bourdais was conscious and moving throughout the incident. However, as the car stopped, he failed to upen up his helmet, while also requiring the marshalls to extract him from his car.
Bourdais was subsequently transferred to the IU Health Methodist Hospital.
An official statement from IndyCar confirmed multiple factures. The Frenchman was expected undergo surgery to start up his recovery.
"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," said the statement.
"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."
Qualifying for the Indy 500 continues on Sunday.