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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)
Ed Carpenter in action during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti in action during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe in action during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power prepares for the start of practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in action during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V-6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium as Juan Pablo Montoya (l to r), driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar; Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Verizon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V-6 and Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6, celebrate Saturday, April 18, 2015 after finishing third, first and second in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 pumps his fist as he crosses the finish line, winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon lead the field into Turn 1 during the start of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon navigates the fountain turn complex during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies in Victory Lane for Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates in Victory Lane following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon drinks the champagne following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon drinks the champagne following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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