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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)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a fourteenth-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Power lost the championship points lead to teammate Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who finished eighth. (Photo by Dan Streck/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, races to a third-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, takes over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon won the pole and finished in fourth-place. Kanaan led for most of the race and finished third. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, took over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan lead the pack at the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new ride (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with the winner`s trophy (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies third Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.  (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Briscoe (left), driver of the #8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, talks with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, during qualifying Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Briscoe qualified fourth, Kanaan second and teammate Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 won the pole. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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