IndyCar's return to Houston got off to a bumpy start.
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 planned to bring in equipment Friday night to grind down the area for a more permanent fix to the bump, which wasn't discovered until cars from IndyCar support series hit the track earlier in the day. The bump, in an area typically used to store the grass from the Houston Texans' field between games, was just past the start/finish line.
Because track construction could not begin until after the Texans' game Sunday, there was no time for an inspection before Friday and the traditional IndyCar track walk for competitors was canceled Thursday as workers completed assembly.
''A street course normally takes four to six weeks to build,'' race promoter Mike Lanigan said. ''We did it in four days. We thought we d...