Driver in hospital after Indy crash


Bourdais suffered multiple pelvic fractures and a broken right hip when his auto slammed into the outer wall of the famed 2.5-mile (4km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval where the IndyCar race will be contested next Sunday.

Carpenter posted the fastest four-lap average at 230.468 miles per hour, and the Indianapolis driver will be shooting for a third Indianapolis 500 pole position, having started up front in 2013 and 2014.

Quickly proving he cares about the new IndyCar community he is a part of, at least for one race, even Fernando Alonso was serious to ensure Bourdais' health was all that mattered.

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The operation aimed at stabilizing the multiple fractures of the Sébastien Bourdais basin went well, the organizers of the IndyCar Championship said Sunday.

The Spaniard was the first driver to top 231 on all four laps. "I saw Sébastien this (Sunday) morning and he is better than I expected ".

It was the first time in two years the 30-year-old Australian, who has two previous starts in the race, was in the cockpit of an Indy vehicle.

"I'm feeling better and better, physically and also with the vehicle as well", Alonso said. Bourdais also posted the fastest lap during the Fast Friday event, reaching a top speed of 233.116 miles per hour.

In March, he won the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg after starting last.

Bourdais underwent successful surgery on his injuries and shared a photo on Monday evening that showed him standing up in hospital with the aid of crutches.

Being among the fastest nine means the Spaniard, in the Honda 29, will compete for pole position on Sunday. We're happy with our time and we're pleased with the laps we ran.

One other driver, Zach Veach, also did not qualify Saturday. "He was still very fast today". He is a four-time Champ Car World Series champion.

There are always willing drivers around the speedway in May, and one intriguing name could be Stefan Wilson, who got out of his Andretti Autosport vehicle so Alonso could race.

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