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Houston: Practice 2 times

Justin Wilson took charge of the time sheets in the second practice session in Houston, pipping Will Power ahead of the double-header Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston weekend.
Justin Wilson put Dale Coyne Racing at the top of the timesheets at the end of second practice in Houston for the IZOD IndyCar Series cars, with a laptime of 1:04.4237s (91.308mph) almost two and a half seconds faster than the best time of the morning set by Penske's Will Power.

Power was second fastest in the later session, his own time also considerably faster as more rubber was laid down on the 1.683-mile, 10-turn temporary street course to increase grip levels. Even so, he was 0.3790s off Wilson's top time, while Tristan Vautier was two tenths of a second back in third.

The session saw a number of stoppages, the first of them less than five minutes in when Ed Carpenter stopped in the turn 6 runoff. Helio Castroneves hopped the curb and spun at turn 2 for the second, and then it was Carpenter again stopping on track before James Hinchcliffe triggered a fourth red ten minutes later. The session ended under a final red, with Castroneves encoring his earlier faux pas.

Originally, the schedule had called for a single 90-minute practice session on Friday before qualifying for the first of the double-header races. However, delays because of problems with the track conditions in turn 1 forced changes that saw practice broken into two 45 minute sessions instead, and qualifying moved to Saturday morning.

Practice 2 times

1. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 91.308mph 1:04.4237s(19 laps)
2. #12 Will Power (C) 90.774mph 1:04.8027s + 0.3790s (20 laps)
3. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 90.506mph 1:04.9946s + 0.5709s (19 laps)
4. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 90.365mph 1:05.0959s + 0.6722s (20 laps)
5. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 90.274mph 1:05.1618s + 0.7381s (15 laps)
6. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 89.982mph 1:05.3731s + 0.9494s (19 laps)
7. #16 James Jakes (H) 89.658mph 1:05.6092s + 1.1855s (17 laps)
8. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 89.593mph 1:05.6567s + 1.2330s (19 laps)
9. #98 Luca Filippi (H) 89.528mph 1:05.7045s + 1.2808s (14 laps)
10. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 89.504mph 1:05.7224s + 1.2987s (18 laps)
11. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 89.465mph 1:05.7512s + 1.3275s (20 laps)
12. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 89.374mph 1:05.8177s + 1.3940s (16 laps)
13. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 89.232mph 1:05.9226s + 1.4989s (18 laps)
14. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 89.195mph 1:05.9496s + 1.5259s (15 laps)
15. #18 Mike Conway (H) 89.105mph 1:06.0164s + 1.5927s (14 laps)
16. #5 EJ Viso (C) 89.102mph 1:06.0184s + 1.5947s (19 laps)
17. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 89.045mph 1:06.0607s + 1.6370s (9 laps)
18. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 88.864mph 1:06.1953s + 1.7716s (17 laps)
19. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 88.835mph 1:06.2170s + 1.7933s (11 laps)
20. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 88.128mph 1:06.7485s + 2.3248s (10 laps)
21. #4 Oriol Servia (C) 88.033mph 1:06.8203s + 2.3966s (17 laps)
22. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 87.421mph 1:07.2883s + 2.8646s (14 laps)
23. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 87.363mph 1:07.3327s + 2.9090s (14 laps)

Total Laps: 374



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Justin Wilson during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 21 2013. (Photo Credit: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Will Power inspects the track ahead of practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The Penske crew works on WIll Power`s car on pit road in action during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tristan Vautier 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)
Justin Wilson in action during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Takuma Sato exits Turn 11 during qualifications for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The helmet and gloves of Helio Castroneves following qualifications for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden climbs from his wounded machine during qualifications for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem after winning the pole for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power with the Verizon P1 Award flag after winning the pole for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power accepts the Verizon P1 Award from Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead after winning the pole for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power wins the pole for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Hello Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, May 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual In Detroit, the first of two IndyCar races this weekend in Detroit, Michigan. Castroneves` teammate, Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, captured the pole. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, May 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual In Detroit, the first of two IndyCar races this weekend in Detroit, Michigan. Power`s teammate, Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, was second-fastest and will start in the front row with Power. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, May 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual In Detroit, the first of two IndyCar races this weekend in Detroit, Michigan. Power`s teammate, Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, was second-fastest and will start in the front row with Power. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, May 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual In Detroit, the first of two IndyCar races this weekend in Detroit, Michigan. Power`s teammate, Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, was second-fastest and will start in the front row with Power. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevy Racing)
Will Power on course during practice for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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