Will Power has made a solid start to his IndyCar championship preparations, topping the timesheets in the first day of testing at the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
The three-time IndyCar runner-up clocked a best lap of one minute and 07.6492 seconds on the 2.38 mile (3.83km), 17-turn road course to pip Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves in a strong initial outing.
While the seven-hour window for testing had to be cut in half due to misty conditions in the morning, Power said he had taken plenty from the day.
“We’ve had to try different things, so it’s a good day for that,” the 33-year-old said.
“You’re always learning, there’s no use in belting around there not learning anything.
“We found some more good stuff, crossed off things that don’t work and I think we’re in a good place.”
Ex-Formula One driver Montoya is a new addition to the Penske stable and Power said the Colombian had already made his presence felt within the team.
Power said the 2000 Indy 500 winner’s competitiveness would only push him to better things after an underwhelming 2013 championship.
“Montoya brings some good ideas, he’s very quick so it’s only help for us,” the Australian said.
“Obviously he becomes a competitor, but it’s up to me to do the job on the track.
“Collectively as a team we try to improve the car and learn from each other, but when it comes to racing, the better guy is going to be winning.
“It’s competition; it’s just how it is.”
Power and the rest of the IndyCar field will get the 2014 championship underway on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida on March 30.
Fellow Australian Ryan Briscoe, who is making his full-time return to the Championship after a part-time role last year, finished sixth in testing in his Team Chip Ganassi vehicle.