Bourdais recovering from pelvic surgery after barrier crash

Posted at 6:40 AM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 22:48:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais, who was involved in a racing accident Saturday, thanked his fans and supporters following surgery Monday.

"I'm not going to go for a run tomorrow, but I'm up! Thank you all for your support!," he tweeted Monday evening.

Series medical director Dr. Geoffrey Billows said he met with Bourdais on Sunday and the French driver was "doing even better than I expected."

Bourdais was injured during Saturday's qualifying. His car wiggled going through the second turn and when the four-time Champ Car champion tried to correct the car, it slid up the track and slammed head-on into the SAFER barrier. The No. 18 car flipped before stopping on the back straightaway.

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Bourdais was diagnosed with multiple fractures in his pelvis and a fractured right hip. He underwent surgery Saturday night.


Davison, a 30-year-old Australian, has competed in two previous Indy 500s in 2014 and 2015 but has not competed in an IndyCar race since his 2015 Indy 500 run.

Dale Coyne Racing announced Sunday that James Davison would be replacing Bourdais in the No. 18 car for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.