Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Davison will get injured Bourdais' ride in Indy 500

Davison will get injured Bourdais' ride in Indy 500

IndyCar said that Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his hip and pelvis and was transported to IU Health Methodist, where he underwent successful surgery for fix the injuries.

The Frenchman suffers from "multiple fractures of the pelvis as well as a fracture of the right hip", said his team Dale Coyne Racing in a statement. Three of his four Verizon IndyCar Series starts have come with Dale Coyne Racing, including Davison's 2013 debut at Mid-Ohio and his most recent Indy auto race, the 2015 Indianapolis 500 when he finished 27th.

Two-time Indy 500 pole victor Ed Carpenter had the fastest vehicle in qualifying with a four-lap average of 230.468 miles per hour. Formula One star Fernando Alonso will start fourth.

"First off my thoughts are with Sebastien and Claire Bourdais in this unfortunate time", explained Davison to RACER. "When they said that we have only one shot today that created a little bit of stress for everyone on the team, but I had the vehicle to be confident and to push all four laps". The next fastest drivers were clocked in the 230-mph range with lap times in the 39s. “Ive met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected.”.

Dale Coyne, who will most likely need a replacement driver soon, assured the media that Bourdais is in good hands at the hospital. “With that said, Im extremely excited and ready to take on this challenge.

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Bourdais slammed head-on into the second turn wall after completing two laps at over 231 miles per hour, the fastest laps of the day.

Bourdais, 38, won IndyCar's season-opening race at St. Petersburg and had the fastest time in Friday's practice.

"We've worked with James in the past and he has done a good job for us". He had surgery Saturday night.

Carpenter and the next eight fastest qualifiers from today advance to Sunday's Fast Nine Shootout that will determine the Verizon P1 Award pole sitter for the epic race on May 28. "There's a lot to come because numerous things that are happening out there are still very new to me". I said, 'No, skip Sonoma, then you've got an extra four months to heal, and come back in January and we'll do it right'.

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