November 1, 1999
24 Hours Of Rocky Hill - Mountain Biking
by John Hollansworth, Jr.
A contingent of TeamXtreme (John & Jeff H.) was represented at a mountain
bike (off road) 24 hour race this weekend at a course about 40 miles east of
To use a motorsports analogy, the 24 hours of Daytona turned into the 12
hours of Sebring.
A technical malfunction of the state of the art, digitally controlled nickel
hydride lighting system on my bike during a race lap around 11:30 pm put Jeff
and I effectively out of the race. Up to that point we had covered over 100
miles on the very challenging 10.2 mile course, which consisted primarily of
single track through heavy woods and included significant elevation changes
over quite rocky terrain.
The race began at 12 Noon on Saturday. Each loop took about an hour, so Jeff
and I would rotate riding upon the completion of each loop . . . We had been
riding for about 12 hours when my lighting system failed.
Unfortunately, when the electronic brain (black box) of my lighting system
malfunctioned, I was deep in the course in pitch black woods. With a very
small hand held light as a back up, it was impossible to ride the bike on the
technical terrain . . . it took me a couple of hours to walk the bike out of
the woods and back to race headquarters and by that time we were out of
contention for a podium finish.
At that point, after assessing the situation, we decided to "live to fight
another day" and call it a night. We have already modified our gameplan for
next year's race to include, among other things, redundancy in the lighting
October 19, 1999
The 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League Season In Now In The History Books!
TeamXtreme and the #42 Lycos / CompCom / FMS / Brinks Dallara finished a season
high 5th place in the 500K IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday!!
The 30 points awarded for 5th position moved us up to 17th in the driver's
points standings and 18th in team points.
In a Rookie season that has had its ups and downs, the entire team put in a
fantastic effort during the Texas race weekend to finish the season on a
major high note. In spite of a rain delay, cold track temperatures, and a
number of on track incidents, we made good decisions both on track and off to
finish the season with a huge amount of momentum and enthusiasm as we begin
preparations for 2000.
TeamXtreme was also awarded the "Race Within A Race" award by Mall.com for
being the highest finishing team in the race sponsored by an Internet Company
(Lycos, of course!). On the Team's behalf, $5,000 will be donated to the
October 18, 1999
Texas Motor Speedway Diary
John Hollansworth, Jr.
After running in the Top 10 at every race this year except one, and running
in the Top 5 at several of those races, it had been incredibly frustrating
not to lock down any single digit finishes coming into the last race of the
1999 season. Our on track challenges this year ran the gamut from ring and
pinion problems, two gearbox failures, a fuel injector malfunction, and also
included getting caught up in other drivers' problems on two occasions.
All of which made our 5th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, at our home
track, even more gratifying!
Ironically, we had our worst qualifying effort of the year, starting in 18th
position. However, the car maintained great balance throughout the race and
was a pleasure to drive.
I honestly didn't think that we were going to get the race in due to the
inclimate weather. Race day morning the rain began, and temperatures dropped
into the 50's with a cold blustery wind. Not exactly ideal race conditions!!
In the early afternoon the rains stopped, but the humidity remained high
while the jet dryers began their work around the track. Brian Barnhart held
a second drivers meeting Sunday afternoon and covered the special start and
restart procedures that would be used due to the very cold conditions.
Because the tire compounds were not designed to operate at the low
temperatures that we were faced with, Brian and Leo Mehl wisely elected for
us to start the race in single file after giving us ample time to bring the
cars up to speed to build heat in the tires.
The TeamXtreme crew called a great race for me and did an excellent job on
our pit stops. We gradually moved up from our starting position as the race
progressed; at the halfway point we had moved up to 10th place. My brother,
Jeff, made two excellent spotting calls to keep me out of trouble in the
second half of the race, and we moved up 5 more spots to finish in 5th place.
TeamXtreme also won the "Race Within A Race" award by Mall.com for being the
highest finishing team in the race sponsored by an Internet Company (Lycos,
of course!). On the Team's behalf, $5000 was donated to the "Indent-A-Kid"
This finish at Texas was a great momentum builder for TeamXtreme as we now
prepare for the 2000 season. The 2000 Indy Racing Season looks to be
fantastic - the just announced ABC-ESPN television package will be great for
our sport and for our sponsors. With new cars on order and awesome sounding
3.5 liter engines on the way, Indy Racing fans are in for a real treat next
October 13, 1999
The Driver's Seat: John Hollansworth, Jr.
Just prior to the last race of the 1999 season, John was asked to write
and article for the IndyRacingLeague.com
site describing recent events in his life, both on and off track. You can
read the article here.
September 28, 1999
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Diary
John Hollansworth, Jr.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is unlike the other 1.5 mile super speedways that
the Indy Racing League visits. Unlike Charlotte, Atlanta, and Texas, Las
Vegas does not have the 24 degree high banked turns. Instead, the track's
turns are banked only half that amount (12 degrees), allowing the track take
on the personality of a "long mile," similar to Pikes Peak International
This difference in banking is all important with respect to the setup that
the engineers put on the race cars to achieve optimum speed and handling.
Although the six degree rear wing rule remains in effect at Las Vegas, a
different approach to set up is generally taken because the car must have a
significant amount of mechanical and aerodynamic grip in order to negotiate
the "flatter" turns at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour.
As a team we had learned some things at Pikes Peak that we were looking
forward to implementing at Vegas. In the first practice session we tried
this new set up, but the car was loose and quite uncomfortable to drive at
the limit . . . however, as more rubber was put down in the groove in later
practice sessions, the track came back to us and we knew that we had a good
combination working for both qualifying and race day.
On Saturday we qualified in 8th position, which was our 5th top ten
qualifying effort in a row. We became only the fourth driver in Indy Racing
League history to qualify in the top ten this many times in a row.
On race day our plan was to run strong throughout the race, but not to take
any unnecessary chances that would jeopardize a good finish. Our initial
challenge in the race came during our first two pit stops; due to an engine
mapping problem, the motor was extremely difficult to keep running at slower
speeds. This resulted in the motor quitting and the crew had to refire it
when the service on the car was completed. As a result, we lost three
positions on the first stop and five positions (13th place to 18th place) on
the second stop.
In spite of the above setback, the car was handling exceptionally well at
speed. In fact, we moved from 18th to 8th position during the course of the
ensuing green flag run.
At that point, the yellow flag came out due to Greg Ray's contact with the
wall. On the restart, Ray was back on the track, but well off the pace. As
I prepared to take the high line going into Turn One to get safely around
Ray, contact occurred between my right rear wheel and Billy Boat's left front
wheel. This incident turned me around and put me, Boat, and Dismore in to
the Turn One wall.
Besides being extremely surprised and disappointed, I knew that I had a
fracture in my left lower extremity. The telltale numbness was a reminder of
my motocross racing days . . . Fortunately, Dr. Sheid informed me that I had
only broken one of the metatarsal bones in my left foot, and that in 6-8
weeks I would be good as new. However, going into our season finale at Texas
in three weeks with an injury was certainly not the "A-plan"!!
I was very happy for Sam Schmidt to get his first IRL career win at Vegas.
Sam had gone out of his way to help me earlier in the year, and his "veteran
input" was much appreciated.
Monday, July 19, 1999
TeamXtreme Crew Shines In The Face Of Adversity
John Hollansworth Jr. qualified the #42
CompuCom / Lycos Dallara of TeamXtreme, 9th for the Kobalt Tools 500
at Atlanta Motor Speedway this past weekend. This was the second race
in a row that the TeamXtreme entry has started in the top ten (2nd at
Pikes Peak). Commenting on the qualifying effort driver Hollansworth
said, "during the practice sessions we learned a little bit more about
the 1.5 mile setup... we found a combination that allowed us to
qualify in 9th position and we were two thousands of a second from
qualifying in 7th. The entire field was covered by six tenths of a
second, a new record in IndyCar racing."
Racing, as every team sport is, is about a team working together in
pursuit of perfection. That perfection can only be achieved through
adversity. Early in Saturday nights race TeamXtreme was faced with that
adversity in the form of an accident. Hollansworth described the event
this way, "on lap 29 of the race I encountered some significant air
turbulence from cars ahead of me in the middle of turns 1 and 2, which
resulted in losing down force to my front wing, to counteract this I
input more steering, then a blast of (clean) air caught the wing, pined
the front tires and caused a snap over steer condition (the back end
came around). I ended up spinning on the exit of turn 2, resulting in
contact with the outside wall."
Crew Chief Rob Stark and Engineer Mark Weida then orchestrated a
masterful repair job. Six laps went by until the league's tow truck
deposited a car that certainly appeared to be out of the race, in the
pits. The impact had destroyed the rear wing, the front wing was
damaged, two tires had blown, the shock cover was missing and the
gearbox had been badly damaged. The crew changed the front wing, nose,
tires and fueled the car before hustling it back to the garage area. No
hospital emergency room ever operated with more focus, speed or
precision that the TeamXtreme crew as it completed the repairs on its
heavily damaged race car. The repairs took and additional 32 laps and
crew then had to push the car back to pit row (league rules) before
Hollansworth could hit the throttle and resume the race. The television
broadcast crew was shocked when the CompuCom / Lycos Dallara pulled onto
the racetrack and noted it during the broadcast.
The crew was now able to take a deep breath. High fives and cold drinks
of water went around as TeamXtreme settled back into race mode.
Hollansworth's take on the crew's efforts was, "the entire TeamXtreme
crew did a fantastic job of repairing the front nose / wing and gearbox
damage. We ran until the end of the 312-mile race, finishing in 19th
place. By repairing the racecar and returning to the track, the team
salvaged all-important points, keeping us in the top 20 and protecting
our Rookie of the Year points lead.
At the end of a long hard night of racing, the team's General Manager,
John Lopes said, "I have never been as happy about a 19th place finish
or as proud of a team as I am tonight. This crew did one hell of a job
in getting that car back on the race track and I can't say enough about
Tuesday, June 22, 1999
CompuCom Name To Replace pcsave.com For TeamXtreme and Hollansworth
ROCKWALL, TX - JUNE 22, 1999 - Philip Wise, President of pcsave.com
announced today that CompuCom, the parent firm of pcsave.com would be
featured on the side pod of the TeamXtreme #42 Dallara driven by John
Hollansworth, Jr. The entry will now be known as the CompuCom / Lycos
Dallara. Wise commented, "this is a branding move only and puts the focus on
our parent firm." The change in appearance will start with the Radisson 200
at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Sunday, June 27th.
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