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Bump in the Reliant Park track surface slows IndyCar in return to Houston

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    Dario Franchitti, of Scottland, watches as a temporary chicane is installed in turn one before practice for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston auto race, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Houston. Practice was delayed due to surface issues in turn one. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

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    Workers check the track elevation at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston auto race, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Houston. Practice and qualifying was delayed due to a surface issue in turn one. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

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    Driver Will Power, left, of Australia, points to a dip in the track as he talks with IndyCar race director beaux Barfield, right, during a delay in practice at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston auto race, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Houston. Practice and qualifying was delayed due to a surface issue in turn one. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

IndyCar's return to Houston got off to a bumpy start Friday, literally.

A bump in the concrete in Turn 1 at Reliant Park delayed practice Friday while IndyCar officials erected a chicane of tires that drivers had to navigate their way around when they finally got on the course.

The race promoter was bringing in equipment Friday night to grind down the bump for a more permanent fix. The area typically stores the grass from the Houston Texans field between games.

Qualifying was postponed until Saturday morning for the first face of the doubleheader. IndyCar will hold qualifying for Sunday's race that morning.

Reliant Park is hosting the Houston Grand Prix for the first time since 2007.