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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)
Ryan Hunter-Reay waits on pitlane prior to practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson and Charlie Kimball go side-by-side for the start of the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson exits Turn 2 during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson waits on pit lane prior to qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates second place (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit road (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads Ryan Briscoe (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit lane prior to qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves heads down the Long Pond Straightaway during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag as he races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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