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Bourdais Out Of Hospital

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, May 25 2017

Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing, who was injured during a qualifying crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has been admitted to a rehabilitation facility.

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Sebastien Bourdais’ long and grinding road to recovery and return to the Verizon IndyCar Series is underway.  

Bourdais, injured in a horrific crash on Saturday during a qualifying attempt for the 101st Indianapolis 500, was discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital on Wednesday and moved into a local rehabilitation facility.

Bourdais sustained multiple pelvic fractures and a fractured right hip when his No. 18  Honda crashed into the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 on the third lap of his four-lap/10-mile qualification attempt around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bourdais, of Dale Coyne Racing, underwent successful surgery that evening at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

“Sebastien is progressing amazingly fast for having pelvis and hip fractures, and considering the severity of the crash,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Scheid, an INDYCAR medical consultant. “He is walking with crutches, in good spirits and feeling good.

“We expect the fractures to heal in around eight weeks and he should be able to start putting weight on the right leg then. Until that time, he can work on rehabilitating his upper body, core strength and range of motion in the hip.”

Bourdais, a 38-year-old native of Le Mans, France, expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in his care from the time of the incident.

“I’m obviously really happy to be up on my feet and feeling pretty good about being able to walk on crutches,” said Bourdais, a four-time Champ Car champion. “I’m really thankful to all the people at IU Health Methodist and the Holmatro Safety Team, everybody at INDYCAR and my team, Dale Coyne Racing, for helping me achieve that so early after the crash.

“It’s going to be a bit of a long road ahead. I still have six weeks before I can put weight on my right leg and put my foot on the ground, but after that it should be pretty smooth sailing. I’m really looking forward to the day I can get back in the car, and hopefully that will be before the end of the season. I look forward to seeing you guys at the track.”

Australian James Davison has been chosen to drive the No. 18 Honda in Sunday’s 200-lap/500-miler. Davison, 30, will make his third Indy 500 start from the 33rd and last position in the field.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, May 25 2017
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