Team Penske's Will Power claimed the honours of topping the first timesheets of the doubleheader weekend in Texas, with a time of 1:06.8320s (88.018mph) in Friday's first practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, putting him a quarter of a second clear of the leading championship contenders, Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Power's team mate Helio Castroneves.

Practice had originally been scheduled as a single 90-minute session on Friday morning, but the issue with the track surface at turn 1 on the 1.683-mile, 10-turn temporary street course caused a lengthy two and a half hour delay before cars got to head out at 1pm local time for the first of two separate 45-minute practice periods instead.

The session saw stoppages for Sebastian Bourdais (engine) and Josef Newgarden (contact with the turn 1 chicane), and practice concluded under a third red flag for two separate incidents, the first of which in turn 2 saw Ryan Hunter-Reay jump the curb and hit the outside wall, while Justin Wilson also spun and stalled at turn 3.

Practice 1 times

1. #12 Will Power (C) 88.018mph 1:06.8320s (14 laps)
2. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 87.693mph 1:07.0793s + 0.2473s (12 laps)
3. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 87.661mph 1:07.1036s + 0.2716s (13 laps)
4. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 87.502mph 1:07.2257s + 0.3937s (9 laps)
5. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 87.327mph 1:07.3606s + 0.5286s (12 laps)
6. #16 James Jakes (H) 86.831mph 1:07.7457s + 0.9137s (13 laps)
7. #5 EJ Viso (C) 86.822mph 1:07.7524s + 0.9204s (11 laps)
8. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 86.755mph 1:07.8044s + 0.9724s (14 laps)
9. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 86.518mph 1:07.9908s + 1.1588s (12 laps)
10. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 86.338mph 1:08.1319s + 1.2999s (8 laps)
11. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 86.198mph 1:08.2429s + 1.4109s (13 laps)
12. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 86.182mph 1:08.2556s + 1.4236s (11 laps)
13. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 86.179mph 1:08.2583s + 1.4263s (9 laps)
14. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 85.935mph 1:08.4514s + 1.6194s (10 laps)
15. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 85.625mph 1:08.6998s + 1.8678s (8 laps)
16. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 85.582mph 1:08.7342s + 1.9022s (11 laps)
17. #4 Oriol Servia (C) 85.435mph 1:08.8520s + 2.0200s (11 laps)
18. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 85.393mph 1:08.8861s + 2.0541s (12 laps)
19. #18 Mike Conway (H) 85.324mph 1:08.9422s + 2.1102s (12 laps)
20. #98 Luca Filippi (H) 85.193mph 1:09.0483s + 2.2163s (10 laps)
21. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 85.155mph 1:09.0786s + 2.2466s (13 laps)
22. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 84.294mph 1:09.7845s + 2.9525s (9 laps)
23. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 84.165mph 1:09.8915s + 3.0595s (10 laps)
24. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 79.279mph 1:14.1989s + 7.3669s (4 laps)

Total Laps: 261

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