IndyCar racer hits the wall during Indianapolis 500 qualifying

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This is the shocking moment veteran IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais was involved in a dramatic high speed crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

During qualifying on Saturday, the Frenchman lost control of his No. 18 Honda in turn two of the third lap, causing it to smash into the SAFER barrier before flipping and bursting into flame.


Bourdais was reportedly still conscious when he was evacuated to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for injuries including a fractured pelvis and hip.

Before the crash, Bourdais had been setting the fastest laps of the day and was travelling at speeds greater than 231mph and completing a loop of the famous track in around 38 seconds. The drivers closest to Bourdais were in the 230mph-range, with lap times of about 39 seconds.

At present, it is unlikely that Bourdais will recover in time to compete at this year's Indy 500.