Bourdais makes Indycar test return after Indy 500 qualifying shunt

Sebastien Bourdais made his return to IndyCar action on Monday, just two months after his massive accident during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500

Bourdais makes Indycar test return after Indy 500 qualifying shunt

Bourdais lost control of his Dale Coyne Racing-run car on the third of his four qualifying laps on May 20 and crashed into the Turn 2 wall at high speed.

A force of 118G was recorded in the crash.

Bourdais underwent surgery for fractures to his pelvis and a broken hip and was discharged from hospital five days after the accident.

Team boss Dale Coyne ruled out Bourdais for the remainder of the season, but the Frenchman made his return to the cockpit during IndyCar testing at Mid-Ohio on Monday.

Bourdais said he was treating the test as an "evaluation day" and insisted there was no date set for his return to racing.

"I wouldn't be here and getting back in a car if I wasn't ready, but for now, it's just testing," Bourdais said ahead of the test.

"We'll see how it goes, it's kind of an evaluation day.

"I know that after this, the cars get transferred to ovals [spec] and everything.

"The doctors were OK with me getting back in the car on the 15th, and they said that two weeks were not going to make a big difference.

"Physically, I'm feeling good, so we'll give it a shot because after that we get to two ovals, timing gets a bit crazy, and I'm probably not going to get an opportunity to test."

Bourdais said he had made better progress than expected in returning to fitness.

"I'm feeling really good, rehab turned into workouts pretty quick, and we're definitely seeing a lot of progress," he added.

"It's not linear, the guys in St Pete taking care of me have done a really good job, we have kind of been pushing each other within limits, it was definitely good to just get on the bike and do everything more normal.

"We had worked on trying to reduce the muscle loss and all that, and it worked.

"From there, the time to get back to 100% diminished rapidly.

"That was the big thing for me, once I got to the point of being able to walk, get some feel again, build some muscles, get my butt cheeks back and stabilizing the hip, it was all good."

The next IndyCar race takes place at Pocono on August 20.

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