"My hand was on Hinch trying to feel a pulse and I lost his pulse, he still had a rhythm."
Mike Yates remembers the day clearly. He remembers calling code 5, meaning seriously injured driver, as James Hinchcliffe slammed into the wall at IMS.
A year later, Hinchcliffe is on the pole for the 100th Indy 500.
One year after nearly dying in a crash at the track, James Hinchcliffe will start the 100th Indianapolis 500 from the pole.
All hope for a competitive Indy 500, and Hinch wants to make sure his car runs its best so he can make the most of his pole position.
Hinchcliffe is only part of an incredible story.
The Canadian driver earned his first IndyCar pole with a four-lap average of 230.760 mph.
All 33 starting positions will be set Sunday. The nine fastest from Saturday advanced to the shootout.
James Hinchcliffe is set to appear on the Steve Harvey show on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
"I was in ICU trying to figure out how I got there,” said Hinchcliffe.