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May 25, 2017

Sebastien Bourdais has been released from the hospital after a crash during qualifying for the Indy 500 last weekend that left him with multiple fractures in his pelvis and a fractured right hip. The French driver tweeted a picture of himself leaving Methodist Hospital on crutches on Wednesday.I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD— Sébastien Bourdais (@BourdaisOnTrack) May 24, 2017 Bourdais likely will miss the rest of the season, though he optimistically tweeted he was "looking forward to getting back in the car." James Davison...

May 25, 2017

An FIA investigation into Billy Monger's horrific British Formula 4 accident has led to Formula 1 teams being told to modify their cars' rear jacking points. Monger had both his lower legs amputated after a violent impact with the rear of Patrik Pasma's stationary car during last month's Donington Park F4 round. The FIA's safety director Laurent Mekies sent a note to F1 teams telling them to modify their rear jack points for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, intimating that the design of the jacking point on the car Monger hit may have contributed to the severity of the accident. The...

May 24, 2017

Fernando Alonso has caused a wave of excitement about the Indy 500, but the event has been influencing motor racing and the car industry for over 100 years. ESPN takes a look at the iconic oval race's best - and most important - innovations. REAR-VIEW MIRRORS The first time a rear-view mirror was placed on a racing car was by Ray Harroun at the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Harroun did so as a response to criticisms that he had entered a single-seater, rather than a car with space for a co-pilot riding alongside the driver. Rivals complained he would have an aerodynamic...

May 24, 2017

A new kerb at the notorious Swimming Pool complex in Monaco has drivers concerned. In the build-up to this weekend's race, among the changes announced by the FIA was the fact that the speed bumps across the run-off in Turns 15 and 16 had been removed and replaced by a single speed bump parallel to the track after the kerb on the apex of Turn 16 to a point 3m from the TecPro barrier. As ever, the move was made without consulting the drivers, and one of the first to criticise the modification was Romain Grosjean who was recently elected as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers...

May 23, 2017

Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala had to convince doctors to let him finish the Rally of Portugal after being hospitalized during last weekend's World Rally Championship round. Latvala felt he was becoming ill during the recce, but when he became dehydrated on Saturday night, he was taken to hospital in Porto, where he remained until 5.30am local time on Sunday. "I took some painkillers and they helped a little bit, but the problem was that I couldn't keep anything in when I was eating," Latvala told Autosport. "So I had no energy. In the end I went to the hospital at eight o'clock on...

May 23, 2017

After undergoing surgery to repair a fractured pelvis, Sebastien Bourdais tweeted a picture from the hospital with an update on his condition. Bourdais was involved in a fiery crash in Indianapolis 500 qualifying on Saturday. He slammed head-on into the second turn wall after completing two laps at over 231 mph, the fastest laps of the day.I'm not going to go for a run tomorrow, but I'm up!Thank you all for your support! pic.twitter.com/1u5OtqdbBg— Sébastien Bourdais (@BourdaisOnTrack) May 22, 2017 So great to see my crew! @DaleCoyneRacing pic.twitter.com/DZC5Ko1Ew1—...

May 22, 2017

Two hundred and twenty-seven miles per hour. 227 mph. That's the speed Sebastien Bourdais was traveling when the nose of his Indy car damn near went head-on into the Turn 2 wall at Indianapolis. The impact recorders in the Frenchman's car said the violence of the crash peaked at 100Gs. Fractures in his pelvis and hip – possibly as a result of the lap belts that restrained his body's explosive forward deceleration – were the only forms of significant physical damage. And there were no cockpit intrusions by suspension pieces when his Dallara DW12 rotated and slammed the wall with enough...

May 19, 2017

Aric Almirola says the crash that has ruled him out of NASCAR action for up to three months "felt like somebody stuck a knife in my back" last weekend. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver suffered a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra when he was caught up in an accident between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano in the Kansas Cup series race last Saturday. While the 33-year-old's injuries do not require surgery, or even wearing a back brace, he described the pain as "pretty bad" even a week later. Revisiting the accident, Almirola said: "It felt like somebody stuck a knife in...

May 18, 2017

Are the speeds on the 1.5-mile tracks that comprise the bulk of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series too fast? Drivers hit speeds of 205 mph going into Turn 1 at the Kansas Speedway on Saturday night, the location of the three-car incident that collected Aric Almirola and also involved Joey Logano and Danica Patrick, who had heavy contact with the outside wall. Logano and Patrick walked away without injury, but Almirola was not so lucky. During a red flag, a safety crew cut apart Almirola's Ford to safely remove him on a stretcher. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver...

May 18, 2017

European Rally Championship frontrunner Alexey Lukyanuk has been hospitalized after a testing collision in which another man was killed. Winner of the most recent round of the ERC in the Canary Island, Lukyanuk is believed to have been coaching passenger Nikita Gergel ahead of an upcoming Russian Championship round when the crash took place. Alexey Ljaduhin, who was in the car that collided with Lukyanuk, was killed. Lukyanuk was flown to a St Petersburg hospital with a fractured heel bone of the left foot, fractured right patella, fractured pelvis, fractured sacral vertebrae and bruised...

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