Justin Wilson fastest in stop-start second IndyCar Houston practice

A late flying lap from Justin Wilson earned the Briton the honours in a stop-start second IndyCar practice session on the Houston street circuit

Justin Wilson fastest in stop-start second IndyCar Houston practice

Wilson jumped ahead of earlier pacesetter Will Power with a 1m04.423s effort, a time that put him 0.3 seconds clear of the Penske driver.

Whether Power - or indeed anyone else - could have improved further remains an open question after his team-mate Helio Castroneves spun at Turn 2 and brought the red flags out with less than two minutes left.

The Turn 2 kerbs proved to be a trouble spot right through the afternoon. Castroneves' incident was a repeat of a similar incident he had had earlier in the session, which brought out the second of five red flags.

Ed Carpenter also had two red flags to his credit courtesy of spins at Turn 2, and James Hinchcliffe triggered the other when his car picked the same section to come to a halt.

The Canadian's blushes were spared by the fact that at least his plight was not self-inflicted, with his Andretti car having suffered a battery problem.

Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap 1. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 1m04.4237s 2. Will Power Penske/Chevy 1m04.8027s +0.3790s 3. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 1m04.9946s +0.5709s 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 1m05.0959s +0.6722s 5. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 1m05.1618s +0.7381s 6. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 1m05.3731s +0.9494s 7. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 1m05.6092s +1.1855s 8. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 1m05.6567s +1.2330s 9. Luca Filippi Herta/Honda 1m05.7045s +1.2808s 10. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 1m05.7224s +1.2987s 11. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 1m05.7512s +1.3275s 12. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 1m05.8177s +1.3940s 13. Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 1m05.9226s +1.4989s 14. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 1m05.9496s +1.5259s 15. Mike Conway Coyne/Honda 1m06.0164s +1.5927s 16. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 1m06.0184s +1.5947s 17. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 1m06.0607s +1.6370s 18. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 1m06.1953s +1.7716s 19. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 1m06.2170s +1.7933s 20. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 1m06.7485s +2.3248s 21. Oriol Servia Panther/Chevy 1m06.8203s +2.3966s 22. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 1m07.2883s +2.8646s 23. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 1m07.3327s +2.9090s 
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