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Indianapolis 500: Emotional Indy 500 pole for Hinchcliffe

A year on from his near fatal accident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, James Hinchcliffe will start the Indy 500 centenary race from pole.
James Hinchcliffe will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 from pole position in an extraordinary comeback performance a year on from his near fatal accident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As the last driver to head out in the Fast Nine shootout having topped provisional qualifying, Hinchcliffe's four-lap run in the Schmidt Peterson car would see him clock a 230.760mph average, denying Josef Newgarden the top spot.

A veritable fairytale story for the Canadian, Hinchcliffe was left fighting for his life at Indianapolis last year after a high speed smash left him with a series of injuries and putting him out for the remainder of the 2015 season.

Newgarden will get underway from second position in the Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, with Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the front row, the latter arguably missing out on the top spot after a minor error on his final flyer.

Townsend Bell and Carlos Munoz make it three Andretti Autosport cars inside the top five, with Will Power completing the second row, while Mikhail Aleshin, championship leader Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves make up row three.

Quickest in 'pre-qualifying' to determine positions 10-33, veteran Oriol Servia gets underway from 10th position, with Alex Rossi securing top rookie honours in 11th.

Elsewhere, Max Chilton starts his first Indy 500 from 22nd position in his rebuilt Chip Ganassi car, with fellow Briton Pippa Mann in 25th.



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James Hinchcliffe - Schmidt Peterson [Credit: IndyCar]
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Will Power - Team Penske
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Firestone tyres during Indianapolis test   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/JOE SKIBINSKI]
Will Power - Penske  [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
James Hinchcliffe - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
James Hinchcliffe - Schmidt Peterson [credit: Chris Owens]
Carlos Munoz celebrates his first IndyCar pole at Texas Motor Speedway
Alex Rossi, Indy 500 [Credit: IndyCar]
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport

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