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05/23 2016

Complete starting lineup: James Hinchcliffe, Honda win pole for 100th running of the Indy 500 AUTOWEEK

James Hinchcliffe, Honda win pole for 100th running of the Indy 500

James Hinchcliffe reacts to winning the pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

ONE YEAR AFTER TERRIBLE CRASH, HINCHCLIFFE READY TO LEAD INDY FIELD

James Hinchcliffe wanted a new story to tell, and now he’ll tell it.

Instead of talking about leaving Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a life-or-death situation after a suspension piece speared an artery in his left thigh, he won the pole Sunday for next week’s Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, a Canadian, broke up the all-American front row by posting a four-lap average of 230.760 mph. Josef Newgarden finished second at 230.700 mph, the fourth-closest finish between the top qualifiers in race history.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was a close third at 230.648 mph. Townsend Bell was knocked to fourth with Hinchcliffe’s run.

Hinchcliffe earned his first career IndyCar Series pole in the biggest race of his career. He had qualified second for last year’s race, the same position he held in 2012.

“I came into this month hoping we’d have a new story to talk about after what happened last year, and I think we did it,” said Hinchcliffe after winning the Verizon P1 Award and $100,000, not to mention the first pole of his Verizon IndyCar Series career, in his 79th start.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has a car on the pole for the second time since 2011 when Alex Tagliani took the honors. This time, Tagliani crashed in qualifying driving for A.J. Foyt Racing. He was not injured.

Simon Pagenaud was another of the day’s big winners. By qualifying eighth in the 33-car field, he earned 28 points as Scott Dixon got 21 for 13th. Pagenaud now leads the series by 83 points with the 500 being a double-points event.

Joining Bell on the second row of the 500 will be Carlos Munoz and Will Power. Mikhail Aleshin, Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves will occupy the third row.

Defending champion Juan Pablo Montoya will start 17th after getting a controversial second chance in qualifying. He ran over debris — a trash bag — that caused his car to slow on the third lap. IndyCar officials let him make another attempt.

Starting lineup: 100th running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Results of qualifying Sunday for the 100th Running of Indianapolis 500 Verizon INDYCAR Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, aero-kit/engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 02:36.0063 (230.760)
2. (21) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 02:36.0470 (230.700)
3. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 02:36.0821 (230.648)
4. (29) Townsend Bell, Honda, 02:36.1950 (230.481)
5. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 02:36.3264 (230.287)
6. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 02:36.7471 (229.669)
7. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 02:36.8205 (229.562)
8. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 02:37.1096 (229.139)
9. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 02:37.1265 (229.115)
10. (77) Oriol Servia, Honda, 02:37.1638 (229.060)
11. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 02:37.5679 (228.473)
12. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 02:37.8747 (228.029)
13. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 02:37.9007 (227.991)
14. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 02:37.9161 (227.969)
15. (6) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 02:37.9809 (227.876)
16. (42) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 02:38.0180 (227.822)
17. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 02:38.1141 (227.684)
18. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 02:38.2906 (227.430)
19. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 02:38.2919 (227.428)
20. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 02:38.4325 (227.226)
21. (19) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 02:38.4566 (227.192)
22. (8) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 02:38.8100 (226.686)
23. (24) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 02:38.9851 (226.436)
24. (18) Conor Daly, Honda, 02:39.0721 (226.312)
25. (63) Pippa Mann, Honda, 02:39.2877 (226.006)
26. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 02:39.4002 (225.847)
27. (61) Matt Brabham, Chevrolet, 02:39.4846 (225.727)
28. (88) Bryan Clauson, Honda, 02:39.8111 (225.266)
29. (16) Spencer Pigot, Honda, 02:40.1087 (224.847)
30. (25) Stefan Wilson, Chevrolet, 02:40.2833 (224.602)
31. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 02:40.2878 (224.596)
32. (4) Buddy Lazier, Chevrolet, 02:42.0498 (222.154)
33. (35) Alex Tagliani, Honda, No time (No speed)