INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Sebastian Bourdais crashed in turn 2 during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday.
Bourdais was the fastest car on track, hitting the wall around 230 mph.
Bourdais’ car flipped, catching on fire. Bourdais went head-on into the SAFER barrier.
Bourdais had the fastest speed on Friday and in his two laps going into the qualifying round.
24-Hour News 8’s Anthony Calhoun and special correspondent Derek Daly said the crash was very similar to the Zach Veach’s crash yesterday, with Bourdais’ speed much higher at the time of the crash. Daly also called it “the biggest crash impact in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip — he will undergo surgery Saturday evening at IU Methodist.
According to IndyCar communications, Bourdais was awake and alert, on his way to IU Methodist Hospital.
It has since been announced that he will miss the rest of the season and could take up to four months in recovery.
Click on the video for crash footage and our 24-Hour News 8 correspondents at the track.