Will Power made a fine start to his first weekend as a Penske driver by topping the final practice session ahead of qualifying at IndyCar's St Petersburg opener today.
The Australian has been drafted in to the team while Helio Castroneves's court case is resolved and showed the first signs of being able to challenge Penske's rival Chip Ganassi drivers for victory when he pipped Dario Franchitti to the top of the time sheet today.
Franchitti continued his strong form on his series return after setting the pace in first practice yesterday, posting the second-fastest time of the day ahead of teammate and reigning champion Scott Dixon.
Marco Andretti was fourth quickest for Andretti-Green and Robert Doornbos made it four different teams in the top five for Newman/Haas/Lanigan. The Dutchman had been lying third until the final minute of the session when Dixon and Andretti improved their times to push him down to fifth.
Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal were sixth and seventh quickest in the second AGR and Newman/Haas cars, ahead of Dan Wheldon's Panther Racing entry in eighth.
Justin Wilson and Vitor Meira completed the top 10 for Dale Coyne and AJ Foyt's respective teams.
Penske's other driver, Ryan Briscoe, was only 12th fastest in the session, sandwiched between series debutants Mike Conway and Raphael Matos.
The field was tightly packed around the Florida street circuit, with the first 17 cars covered by just one second ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session.
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