Saturday, May 20, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 1

The first day of qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 was filled with ups and downs. But mainly downs.

The biggest news of the day came about halfway through qualifications when Sebastien Bourdais lost control of his No. 18 Honda on his 3rd of 4 qualifying laps.

After running the two quickest laps of the day, Bourdais' back end got out from under him near the apex of Turn 2. The car overcorrected, sending the French driver directly into the SAFER barrier. While sliding down the back straight, the Dallara turned, flipped, flipped back, spun, and eventually came to a stop. After a few minutes Sebastien was extricated from his car, placed on a backboard and transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to the INDYCAR PR Staff, Bourdais was awake, alert and never lost consciousness.

UPDATE 5/20 8:09 - Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip. He will undergo surgery tonight.

UPDATE 5/21 11:25am - According to INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows “Surgery went well. I’ve met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected”

31 of the 33 entered cars made qualifying attempts today. Zach Veach, who crashed late in the day on Friday did not make an attempt and the No. 18 car of Bourdais did not have a time.

The quickest 9 cars are locked into the front 3 rows and will re-qualify tomorrow for their starting positions.

Those currently in positions 10-33 will also re-qualify tomorrow for the back 8 rows.

Fast 9

1 - Carpenter
2 - Sato
3 - Dixon
4 - Hildebrand
5 - Rossi
6 - Power
7 - Alonso
8 - Kanaan
9 - Andretti


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