Will Power has returned to action with Team Penke at the venue which saw him miss out on the 2012 IZOD IndyCar
Series when he crashed out and allowed Ryan Hunter-Reay to edge him for the title.
"It sure is good to get back into the Verizon #12 car, we've spent too much time apart," said Power. "I spent about a month after the season ended in Australia and ran the V8 Supercar race and spent time with family, but it sure is good to get back."
Power said he was already working on how he could improve his performances on ovals, which have consistently been his Achilles heel in his efforts to win a first IndyCar
title against the likes of Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and now Hunter-Reay.
Power was one of a number of Chevrolet-powered drivers testing at Auto Club Speedway at Fontana in California on Tuesday. Also taking the opportunity to test this week were his team mate Helio Castroneves, Andretti Autosport's Marco Andretti, Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais, and driver-team owner Ed Carpenter, who won the season finale at Fontana in September.
"We've been out of the car for a long time, it's always good to be back in the cockpit," said Carpenter. "It's good to come back to a track where you have had success at."
The test was originally scheduled for Monday but was delayed by a day because of rain.