Sebastien Bourdais fractures pelvis, hip during Indy 500 qualifying crash
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 7:48
As four-time open-wheel Champion Sebastien Bourdais readies for qualifying for the 101 running of the Indianapolis 500, he will find a familiar logo on-board his auto when he takes to the famed Brickyard today.
The Ed Carpenter Racing cars were two of just three Chevrolet-powered entries that made the top nine, with Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing giving Honda plenty of presence in Sunday's fight for pole.
After his successful run, Alonso expressed optimism for winning the pole, while acknowledging competition will be steep.
One other driver, Zach Veach, also did not qualify Saturday.
Owner-driver Ed Carpenter, a two-time Indy pole victor, was the fastest in Wednesday's abbreviated practice.
"It's exciting to be in the mix; I've never been in contention to really be any kind of factor [in qualifying], and that's just boring". Takuma Sato was third at 231.969. In his initial few practice sessions, the Spaniard was focusing on race setups and learning to master running in traffic but now he intends to spend more time running in clear air, ahead of qualifying on Saturday and Sunday.
"When you get in the vehicle and put your helmet on, it all goes away".
Alonso, a veteran in Formula One, will be making his debut in the May 28 race.
Despite rain that delayed qualifying for five hours, Alonso said he was pleased with his performance. "I hope they can get the vehicle ready for tomorrow".
Bourdais, who captured the season opener at St. Pete for Dale Coyne, is obviously meshing well with former engineer Craig Hampson and was enthusiastic about his chances this weekend.
Defending 500 champ Alexander Rossi was the fifth-fastest time at 230.148. "So tomorrow I will try to do better and find more speed".
Alonso's coach said that his preparation would "ramp up big time" from the start of today and now practice drivers will be allowed to run qualifying-level turbo boost with an increase from 1.3-bar to 1.4-bar and De Ferran said that the four laps in qualifying will be the most frightful laps for Alonso.
The 2014 champion will be Penske's only driver in the "Fast 9" during Sunday qualifying, such was the team's lack of competitiveness after the majority of their drivers drew early runs in the random ballot on Friday.