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Hinchcliffe returns for Indy 500 pole

Do Not UseDo Not Use 22/05/2016
James Hinchcliffe © Reuters James Hinchcliffe

James Hinchcliffe will start from pole position in the 100th Indianapolis 500 next weekend, a year after a serious injury in practice at the same race.

James Hinchcliffe: Hinchcliffe's car smashed into a wall before spinning out of control last year © AP Hinchcliffe's car smashed into a wall before spinning out of control last year

The Canadian underwent surgery after a part of his car's suspension pierced both of his legs after he hit a wall.

James Hinchcliffe: The driver pierced both of his legs and required surgery © AP The driver pierced both of his legs and required surgery

It is a first IndyCar career pole for 29-year-old Hinchcliffe, who missed the rest of 2015 before returning for the start of the 2016 season in March.

Hinchcliffe won it on the final run of the nine-car pole shootout.

It was the fourth closest differential between first and second in the race's 100-year history.

Josef Newgarden will start from second in the race, to be held on 29 May in Indiana.

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