JOHN BORNHOLDT NAMED CHIEF STEWARD FOR 1999 KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON Don Preston Named Competition and Technical Director HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., March 31, 1999 - John Bornholdt, who was the assistant chief steward last...
JOHN BORNHOLDT NAMED CHIEF STEWARD FOR 1999 KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
Don Preston Named Competition and Technical Director
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., March 31, 1999 - John Bornholdt, who was the assistant chief steward last year for the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, has been named chief steward for the series for the 1999 season. Bornholdt replaces K.C. Van Niman, the series chief steward from 1993-98. Bornholdt will be in his second tour of duty as the chief steward, having held the position during the 1985-92 seasons. Time constraints prevented Van Niman from returning this season. "I'm really excited about the 1999 Atlantic season and I think it's going to be a tremendous year because of the quality of drivers this season. Everybody's coming back, plus we have a group of true hot shoes coming in. I'm not being biased, because I've been involved with so many great series through the years. But this will be one of those years that I'll really be proud to be a part of, I can already tell," said Bornholdt. Bornholdt has been involved in a steward's role in road racing for several decades, including being the U.S. steward representative at all U.S. Formula One events held from 1970-1990. Bornholdt also served as the chief steward for the Can-Am challenge during its glory years of 1977-82. "We're delighted to have John back in full capacity as the chief steward for the KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship," said Vicki O'Connor, president of the series. "John is among a small group of people that clutched the series in its infancy and never let go, helping build it to its important place in open-wheel racing. John's understanding of the series makes him extremely valuable as the chief on-track decision-maker for the Atlantic Championship. We will miss K.C. and thank him for his leadership during the past six years, but we know that John is quite capable of stepping back into the role." In other series news, Don Preston has expanded his duties and was named competition and technical director for the Atlantic Championship. Preston had been the technical director for the series and his Atlantic roots trace all the way back to the series' fledgling years. Preston was responsible for development of the Toyota 4A-GE engine which has been the series powerplant for the past 11 years. The CART-sanctioned KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic series are current Champ Car drivers Michael Andretti, Alex Barron, Patrick Carpentier, Richie Hearn, and Jimmy Vasser, former stars Bobby Rahal and Danny Sullivan, as well as 1997 FIA Formula One Champion, Jacques Villeneuve.