Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais suffered a huge crash on his Day 1 qualifying run for the 101st Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Bourdais’ No. 18 Geico Honda broke loose, but the Frenchman corrected and the car speared into the Turn 2 wall almost nose first before becoming airborne and doing a half-flip. The car quickly rotating back around and landed right-side up before sliding to a stop on the backstretch.
Bourdais was seen moving in the cockpit and the Holmatro Safety Team quickly arrived on the scene to assist. Bourdais is reported to be awake and alert and was transported to IU Methodist.
The full update from INDYCAR is here:
Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director: Sebastien Bourdais is awake and alert and never lost consciousness. He is being transported by ground to IU Health Methodist Hospital for further evaluation.
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”