Sebastien Bourdais, injured in a crash last Saturday during a qualifying run for the 101st Indianapolis 500, has been discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital and moved to a local rehabilitation facility.
Bourdais sustained multiple pelvic fractures and a fractured right hip when he lost control of his #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda in Turn 2 during his Saturday qualifying run and crashed into the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2. He underwent successful surgery that evening at IU Health Methodist Hospital.
"Sebastien is progressing amazingly fast for having pelvis and hip fractures, and considering the severity of the crash," said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Scheid, IndyCar medical consultant. "He is walking with crutches, in good spirits and feeling good.
"We expect the fractures to heal in around eight weeks and he should be able to start putting weight on the right leg then. Until that time, he can work on rehabilitating his upper body, core strength and range of motion in the hip."
Bourdais expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in his care from the time of the incident.
"I'm obviously really happy to be up on my feet and feeling pretty good about being able to walk on crutches," Bourdais said. "I'm really thankful to all the people at IU Health Methodist and the Holmatro Safety Team, everybody at IndyCar and my team, Dale Coyne Racing, for helping me achieve that so early after the crash.
"It's going to be a bit of a long road ahead," he added. "I still have six weeks before I can put weight on my right leg and put my foot on the ground, but after that it should be pretty smooth sailing.
“I'm really looking forward to the day I can get back in the car, and hopefully that will be before the end of the season. I look forward to seeing you guys at the track."
Coyne, however, told Motorsport.com on Tuesday that he doesn’t want Bourdais competing this season as he preferred to see his French ace allowing himself four more months to heal.
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