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Sebastien Bourdais crashes at Indy, taken off on backboard

21 May 2017

Sebastien Bourdais will have surgery Saturday night to fix a fractured pelvis suffered in a fiery crash during Indianapolis 500 qualifying.

Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais posted the top speed while IndyCar rookie Fernando Alonso fired a warning shot on the final day of practice before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday.

Like any other IndyCar race, the starting order was chosen by blind draw last night, but from there it gets complicated.

After the incident Bourdais was seen moving in the cockpit, before being extracted from his vehicle by the ever-efficient Holmatro safety team and transferred via ambulance to the IU Methodist Hospital. They take care of me. "That was one of the biggest qualifying crashes I've seen around here". "They run a different configuration and it's quite interesting to watch".

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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Fernando Alonso sits in his auto in the pits during practice for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who won the race a year ago at 18 to make history as the youngest victor, and Daniel Ricciardo were next. The Frenchman was poised to hit the top of the timesheets after turning in two laps above 231 miles per hour, only to lose control and smash into the wall at high speed and roll his vehicle.

Cars are re-ordered based on the cumulative time of those four qualifying laps.

Alonso's coach said that his preparation would "ramp up big time" from the start of today and now practice drivers will be allowed to run qualifying-level turbo boost with an increase from 1.3-bar to 1.4-bar and De Ferran said that the four laps in qualifying will be the most terrible laps for Alonso. Cars that want a re-do from the Fast Lane forfeit their previous qualifying time to do so.

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Despite this the rookie will undoubtedly remain content, after ending the session ahead of big names such as three-time Indianapolis 500 victor Helio Castroneves and reigning champion Simon Pagenaud.

Providing the rain does hold off, speeds are expected to increase today ahead of the weekend's qualifying runs, as Indycar regulations allow for turbocharger boost to increase on Friday, equating to about 30 additional horsepower permitted through the completion of qualifying. He's expected to have surgery on Sunday. Winning pole position among the Fast Nine doesn't just mean you start from the front: the victor also gets a $100,000 prize.

"It does take your breath away when you see it". The fastest times still get pole position, so there's no tricks or insane traditions like a milk juggling contest or a "Back Home Again In Indiana" sing-off at play there.

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