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Oct 19, 2001

Engine Builder Houseworth Downsized From Yamaha Superbike Team

Engine builder and Crew Chief Tom Houseworth has been downsized in a reorganization of Yamaha Motor Corporation's AMA Superbike road racing team.<BR><BR>Houseworth joined the in-house Yamaha team five years ago, in October 1996. From 1993 until becoming a Yamaha employee, Houseworth worked for Vance & Hines Racing--which ran Yamaha's road racing program under contract before the team was taken in-house.<BR><BR>Houseworth's first gig as a professional engine builder and tuner was with Team Hammer, Inc. (racing as Team Valvoline Suzuki) in 1990-1993, working with Donald Jacks and Chuck Graves in Formula USA and AMA competition.<BR><BR>"What can I say?" said Houseworth when reached by phone for comment. "They have one less Superbike rider and the team was reorganized. I wish them all the luck in the world. I still want to build engines and win races."<BR><BR>While looking for a new race team job, Houseworth plans to do freelance engine building. He can be reached at (714) 299-6270.