Sebastien Bourdais is unlike any other car racer. The 38-year old top of the line car racer suffered a horror crash leaving him bed ridden for months. He has already undergone a rather very long and complicated surgery to repair pelvic fractures and broken right hip.
Despite the numerous fractures and broken bones, one of the top racing drivers in the world at the moment, has Sebastien Bourdais promised to get back to IndyCar racing. He suffered a severe car in the course of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
He was expected to top the qualifying round as he had driven the two fastest laps to start his four-lap qualifying run. The crash not just put him in a hospital bed, but also caused severe emotional outburst among his fans who were expecting their favorite racer to take the honor this year again.
Despite the disappointment over the crash, his fans are also happy that the racer survived the crash that would have proved even worse. As he was in great speed after the second lap, his car slammed into the wall in turn two on the third lap and flipped over as flames erupted from the chassis. It took rescue workers about 10 minutes to free Bourdais from the wreckage.
Sébastien Olivier Bourdais, a French professional racing driver is without doubt one of the most successful drivers in the history of American Championship car racing, having won 36 races. He won four successive championships under Champ Car World Series sanction from 2004 to 2007. As of March 2017, he has won a total of 75 races in his career. He drove in Formula One for the Toro Rosso team during 2008, and the start of the 2009 season, but was unable to translate his past successes to that competition. As of October 2016, Bourdais drives for Dale Coyne Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
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The good thing about the severe crash is that the racer reportedly never lost consciousness and was awake and alert when taken to Methodist Hospital, where X-rays revealed the extent of his injuries and he underwent successful surgery and vowed to return.
In a statement from hospital bed, the indefatigable racer said, “It’s going to take time, but I’m feeling pretty good since the surgery…I’ll be back at some point. Just don’t know when yet.” Australian James Davison, the grandson of a four-time Australian Grand Prix champion, has been named by car owner Dale Coyne to replace Bourdais.