Will Power does not expect his quest for his first IndyCar championship to be any easier in 2013 as the teams prepare for the opening round at St. Petersburg this weekend.
Power lost last year's title to Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay after crashing in the final round at Fontana, leaving him to finish runner-up in the standings for the third year in a row.
The Team Penske driver topped all four sessions in last week's open test at Barber Motorsports Park, and while he said that his pace was encouraging, he is aware of the threat presented by his rivals.
"Testing went well at Barber," he said. "I think Andretti (Autosport) was pretty much as quick as we were. I was fortunate to get out for the last four laps of the day when it was cool and I was on new tires. I used the push-to-pass and all the tools and got a pretty mega lap in.
"I hope Honda was not sandbagging too much, but I could see that the Andretti guys are definitely competitive. It will be a normal year for the series, really tough, and hopefully I'll keep doing my normal thing."
Power won the St. Petersburg event in 2010, and has never finished outside the top 10 at the Florida street circuit. He's also set pole for the past three races there.
"It's a street course, and I just enjoy it," he said. "There's nothing that I would say suits me here more than any other track. I go there and I always have fun. I couldn't even tell you why."