Sebastien Bourdais underwent successful surgery Saturday night for fractures to his pelvis and right hip sustained in a crash while qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Bourdais’ car broke loose, only to sharply turn back to the right after he tried to correct it, resulting in him spearing into the wall nearly head-on at a 45 degree angle.
“Surgery went well,” reported INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows. “I’ve met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected.”
Reports are that Bourdais may miss the rest of the season, however officials at Dale Coyne Racing have yet to confirm. The team is currently planning to build the backup car, but no plans for a driver have been confirmed.
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.”