Chip Ganassi Racing

Hinchcliffe takes top seed in Indy qualifying with late push

James Hinchcliffe never fretted about posting the best four-lap average in qualifying at Indianapolis on Saturday.

All he wanted was a chance to win the pole Sunday.

The Canadian driver who nearly died last year from a life-threatening leg injury sustained during practice for the 500, survived two challenges in the final 25 minutes and barely held onto the top seed with a speed of 230.946 mph. Ryan Hunter-Reay was second at 230.805 on the next-to-last run in the session. Team Penske's Will Power came in third at 230.736.

"Our first run, that was the hardest qualifying attempt I'd ever done at the speedway here," Hinchcliffe said. "When you kind of...