Will Power topped both practice sessions at St. Petersburg, ending the day seven-tenths of a second (0.7099) faster than Scott Dixon. "We are getting the car better each session," said Power who won the season opener in Brazil two weeks ago.
Will Power topped both practice sessions at St. Petersburg, ending the day seven-tenths of a second (0.7099) faster than Scott Dixon.
"We are getting the car better each session," said Power who won the season opener in Brazil two weeks ago. "After this run, the car is more like what I like to drive. It feels good. There is a long weekend ahead of us, with weather and everything. But I am feeling good going into (qualifications)."
Power said he enjoyed the challenging nature of street circuits with the uneven surfaces and different grip levels and ultimately, a concrete barrier at the track's edge. "You can't make a mistake," Power said.
"You've got to creep up on it all weekend. The track is constantly changing because the rubber goes down over the weekend because it's just a street during the normal day. It's just all these little details that count to be quick."
Scott Dixon shaved over a full second from the first practice session, where he was seventh fastest, to end the day in the second position. "We had quite a few issues in the morning session and the second session didn't start too well," Dixon said. "We ended up second, but we are still a long ways from Will. (Teammate) Dario (Franchitti) hit the wall and I was expecting that he would have been pretty quick as well. We have a lot of work to do. Hopefully we can carry some of the momentum from today into tomorrow and make some good changes."
Franchitti was second fastest in the first session (1:03.6504) but he was unable to improve, completing just 11 laps in the second session. He ended up 17th on the combined chart.
Road racing specialist Justin Wilson, who finished third in last year's race, was third overall (1:03.0576) and Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan (1:03.0615) was fourth. Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, who is making his second start for Andretti Autosport, was fifth overall (1:03.0763). Hunter-Reay earned second place finishes at this race last year and at the season opener two weeks ago.
KV Racing Technology teammates E.J. Viso (1:03.0890) and Takuma Sato (1:03.0930) where sixth and seventh, respectively, while Marco Andretti (1:03.2866) was eighth. Two-time St. Pete winner Helio Castroneves (1:03.2884) was ninth and Graham Rahal, who is competing for Sarah Fisher Racing this weekend, was 10th (1:03.3220).