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Simona de Silvestro is fast on 1st day of practice in St. Pete

The two title contenders from last season led the leaderboard on IndyCar's opening day of the season.

The third fastest driver was a surprise. Simona de Silvestro posted the third-fastest time of the day on the streets of St. Petersburg, right behind Will Power and defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Hunter-Reay and Power took their championship battle to last year's season finale, with Hunter-Reay winning his first title by four points.

Power topped the leaderboard with a lap at 1:01.4467, followed by Hunter-Reay at 1:01.625 and de Silvestro at 1:01.6895. It's the Swiss driver's debut race with new team KV Racing Technology.

Oriol Servia was fourth as Chevrolet drivers took the top four spots.

Takuma Sato was fifth in a Honda for AJ Foyt Racing.