News: Bourdais Return Imminent

Sebastien Bourdais's road to recovery looks to be nearing completion.

The four-time IndyCar champion has been sidelined since May after a horrific crash during the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying in May. Bourdais, who was tracking to be the fastest qualifier of the day, lost control of the car in turn two and hit square into the wall at a high rate of speed. He was diagnosed with a broken pelvis and was set to miss all of the IndyCar season.

Sebastien Bourdais in St. Petersburg (Photo: Chris Jasurek / Epoch Times)

However, according to multiple outlets, Bourdais will be testing in August with the hopes of gaining medical clearance from IndyCar medical staff so that he can race the final two races at Watkins Glen and Sonoma. Watkins Glen will be raced on September 3rd.

Bourdais said, "Thankfully, the bones are healing well and there's no reason now to worry about it. It's just going to follow its course and hopefully let us do our think pretty soon."

It has also be learned that if Bourdais was to make his return for the final two races, Dale Coyne Racing would add a third car to keep likable stand-in driver Esteban Gutierrez with the team. Gutierrez has been the replacement for Bourdais in all but two of the races. James Davison took the seat at Indianapolis, while Tristan Vautier raced at Texas.

My Opinion

Good news on all fronts. Bourdais is returning soon, and Gutierrez gets to stick around no matter what happens. More info will likely be released in the coming weeks about his test and official confirmation of his return at Watkins Glen.

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-Matthew Hickey