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Houston: Practice 1 times

Will Power topped the delayed and shortened first practice session at Reliant Park ahead of this weekend's IZOD IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston.
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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Scott Dixon during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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