Indianapolis 500: James Hinchcliffe takes pole a year after serious injury

James Hinchcliffe
Hinchcliffe joined the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team for the 2015 season

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.

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

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.

James Hinchcliffe
Hinchcliffe's car smashed into a wall before spinning out of control last year
James Hinchcliffe
The driver pierced both of his legs and required surgery