Saavedra was making his third start at Barber. Finished in top-20.
Simon Pagenaud finished fourth, while his rookie teammate Mikhail Aleshin placed 22nd.
Second top-10 result of the young Verizon IndyCar Series season for Josef Newgarden.
Kimball shortened the morning warmup, while Sarah Fisher Racing ace Josef Newgarden
Pagenaud's fastest lap was 1 minute, 8.8682 seconds,120.230 mph. Aleshin's was 1 minute, 8.8682 seconds,120.230 mph.
He hopes he can jump-start the season this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park
'It's very easy to make a mistake' at Barber Motorsports Park
The Long Beach result was especially disappointing for Justin Wilson.
After the IndyCar race on the road course in Birmingham, emotions ran high for the winner and several of his rivals from sheer happiness to disappointment.
Defending series champion lost ground to his IZOD IndyCar rivals but came back to take the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama victory.
Jakes set the 12th fastest lap time to earn his best starting position at this track.
The first take in St. Petersburg was cut short after 50 laps due to a mechanical issue.
Four Team Chevy drivers ended the season opener on the streets circuit in St. Petersburg with four top-five finishers and now they will take on the road course in Alabama.