Sebastian Bourdais crashes during Indy 500 qualifying; will undergo surgery


French driver Sebastien Bourdais, a victim of a spectacular accident on Saturday in qualifying for the 500-mile Indianapolis, left the operating theater, announced on Saturday night his wife Claire on Facebook.

The McLaren driver, who will not drive in next week's Monaco Grand Prix in order to compete in the famous American race, finished seventh with a four-lap average of 230.034mph.

A two-time Indy 500 starter, Davison's best finish was 16th place in 2014 with KV Racing Technology.

Sebastien Bourdais' first season back with Dale Coyne Racing, which he drove for in 2011, has come to an unfortunate end.

I think I can go faster tomorrow.

"You see big numbers during the week and people that are fast, the one that obviously stood out for me during the whole week was Bourdais, " Scott Dixon said.

Coyne will have to find a replacement driver for the May 28 race, but may not have to make the decision before the second round of qualifying is held.

Coyne said he was also upset at the loss of potential for the team, whose finances he also admitted had "taken a huge hit" in recent weeks. His 233.116 miles per hour in practice on Friday was the fastest of the entire month leading up to first round qualifying Saturday, with the top nine drivers advancing to final round qualifying Sunday.

Bourdais, a four-time ChampCar champion, won the season-opening IndyCar race in St. Petersburg, Fla., in March.

"We've run him before, on road courses and here (at Indianapolis)", Coyne said.

It was the ninth-best speed of the day, but Jones starts 11th because he didn't qualify for the "Fast Nine" final shootout with his Saturday speed.

Bourdais was scheduled to undergo surgery on the pelvis tonight. Marin Franchitti, who was dropped by Ford's World Endurance Championship squad previous year after underperforming, may also be in the running.

"We've got to build up the spare vehicle", Coyne added. "He was still very fast today". "Certainly a good result would be great to pay tribute to Sebastien".

He did not take part in the second qualifying day on Sunday and will make his debut in the No. 18 auto on Monday.