James celebrates setting yesterday’s fastest average speed with a crew member. Photo credit: AP Images

The Verizon IndyCar Series’ James Hinchcliffe might have just pulled off one of the best comebacks in racing. In 2015, Hinchcliffe almost died in an Indianapolis 500 practice crash when a suspension piece went through his leg. This year, he’ll start the Indy 500 on pole position for its landmark 100th running.

The beloved Canadian prankster piloted the No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda to an average speed of 230.760 mph to claim pole position for next weekend’s race.

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He’ll face tough competition in the race, as second place qualifier Josef Newgarden’s average qualifying speed was only .060 mph behind Hinchcliffe’s average speed.

Full qualifying results for the Indianapolis 500 can be found here.

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