For the drivers, that will mean one thing: Drink lots of fluids.
With temperatures forecast to reach 90 degrees amid high humidity, IndyCar's best will race for 90 laps Saturday on the 10-turn, 1.68-mile circuit and then do it all over again Sunday.
It was in the second race in Houston last year when the car of Dixon's former teammate, four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, went airborne and crashed into a catch fence.
Franchitti suffered a broken right ankle, two spinal fractures and a concussion in the crash, and he later retired as a driver on the advice of doctors.
After eight races this season, Power holds a 39-point lead in the title standings over his teammate, Helio Castroneves, and a 60-point advantage over Ryan Hunter-Reay, the winner of this year's
Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter won IndyCar's last race June 7 at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval, with Power finishing second.