ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 23, 2012) - A new car was no problem for Will Power.

The Verizon Team Penske driver picked up where he left off on the streets of St. Petersburg, pacing the opening day of practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The Australian recorded a lap of 1:02.0077 in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet -- .0854 of a second quicker than Ryan Briscoe in the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet - to earn the right to select his qualifying group for IZOD IndyCar Series Pole Qualifying.

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti was third at 1:02.6099 in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda with his teammates Graham Rahal and Scott Dixon just behind.

Qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, featuring knockout qualifying and Firestone Fast Six is March 24. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (ET) on March 25.

Also on March 23, Esteban Guerrieri led the two practice sessions for the Firestone Indy Lights' St. Petersburg 100. Guerrieri, who finished second in Firestone Indy Lights in 2011, turned a lap of 1:07.3874 in the No. 11 Pistas Argentinas/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car. Gustavo Yacaman of Team Moore Racing was second and Sebastian Saavedra of AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport was third.

Sunoco Pole Qualifying and the St. Petersburg 100 both will take place on March 24.