Will Power stormed to Victory in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves. Power took the chequered flag by 1.94 seconds to address his title hopes as early in the season. He kept Hunter-Reay at bay following a restart for 22 laps while earning two bonus points for leading the most laps. Charlie Kimball lost his car and went sliding off the course in Turn 1 to trigger caution-free yellow flags. On lap 88 Ryan overtook Helio for second down to Turn 1. Six laps before Marco Andretti and Jack Hawksworth made collision and brought out the second full-course caution. The reigning champion, Scott Dixon, finished fourth ahead of the Frenchman Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan. Takuma Sato could only manage seventh after starting the race on pole and leading it for 26 laps. Seven different teams made their way into top 10 including Justin Wilson finishing eighth in front of Josef Newgarden and the returning Ryan Briscoe.