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Hinchcliffe passes Newgarden on final run for Indy 500 pole

  • Alex Tagliani, of Canada, wrecks during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirk Stierwalt)

    Alex Tagliani, of Canada, wrecks during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirk Stierwalt)  (The Associated Press)

  • James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, celebrates after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, celebrates after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, celebrates after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Jamie Gallagher)

    James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, celebrates after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Jamie Gallagher)  (The Associated Press)

James Hinchcliffe completed his remarkable comeback Sunday by beating out American Josef Newgarden for this the Indianapolis 500 pole.

The Canadian driver earned his first IndyCar pole with a four-lap average of 230.760 mph a year after a life-threatening leg injury forced him out of the race.

Newgarden will start second in the May 29 race after going 230.700. It was the fourth-closest differential between first and second in Indy's 100-year history.

Hinchcliffe won it in dramatic fashion, too, on the final run of the nine-car pole shootout. And it came on the fifth anniversary of Sam Schmidt's team winning the pole in 2011.

Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay will start third on the outside of Row 1 after going 230.648.