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John Sturbin, Senior Writer

John Sturbin joined the staff of RacinToday.com after a 35-year career in the daily newspaper business, the last 12 as nationally recognized motorsports beat writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He was point-man for the paper’s expanded and award-winning motorsports coverage beginning in the mid-1990s, centered around NASCAR and IndyCar series events at Texas Motor Speedway. Sturbin covered his first Indianapolis 500 in 1980, and has staffed “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” every year since. He regularly has covered the National Hot Rod Association’s annual event at Texas Motorplex in Ennis since the mid-1980s. A native of Rome, N.Y., Sturbin first followed the careers of NASCAR Modified champions Richie Evans and Jerry Cook at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., as a fan before eventually covering both drivers as sports writer at The Daily Sentinel. While at The Sentinel, Sturbin began staffing Formula One’s annual autumn visit to Watkins Glen International during the mid-1970s. Since moving to Fort Worth in October 1978, he has covered Formula One events on street circuits in Dallas and Phoenix and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sturbin’s international travels while covering professional boxing led to a freelance assignment staffing the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans for The Associated Press. He also has authored freelance articles for numerous clients, including Texas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. John has served as a voting member of the Driver of the Year media panel since 1996, as well as various industry-related hall of fame selection committees. Sturbin received the prestigious Bloys Britt Award in motorsports, as judged by The Associated Press, for a feature on IndyCar icon A.J. Foyt Jr.’s rehabilitation from devastating foot and leg injuries. He also is a past recipient of the National Hot Rod Association’s Media Award. During his tenure at the Star-Telegram, Sturbin received numerous in-house awards for motorsports coverage, including Editorial Employee of the Month and Spot News Story of the Year for his report on the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in February 2001. In addition to his motorsports resume, Sturbin logged two stints covering the Dallas Cowboys as backup beat writer. He also has covered the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL, NCAA football and basketball, World Gymnastics Championships and various high school and semi-pro sports. A graduate of Utica (N.Y.) College, Sturbin is a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast. He resides in Southwest Fort Worth.

Articles by John Sturbin

Le Mans Notes: Corvettes Replace Ferrari On Pole
Friday, Jun 11, 2010 – 9:27 | 3 Comments
Le Mans Notes: Corvettes Replace Ferrari On Pole

By Jonathan Ingram and John Sturbin | Senior Writers
RacinToday.com
Le Mans, France – Corvette Racing took the top two spots on the qualifying list in its debut in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Oliver Gavin improved his time in the Thursday night session to 3:59.435 in the No. 64 Corvette C6.R.
The [...]

Ferrari Off To Fast Start
Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 – 7:13 | Comments Off
Ferrari Off To Fast Start

Risi Competizione’s quest for a third straight victory for Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is off to a solid start. Gianmaria Bruni set provisional pole position time for GT2 Wednesday with a lap of 3:59.361 over the 8.4-mile Circuit de la Sarthe in France aboard the Ferrari F430 GT he will share [...]

A Big Hole In Plate Rules
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010 – 7:30 | Comments Off
A Big Hole In Plate Rules

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR has approved the largest restrictor plate for its Sprint Cup Series competitors since the mandated introduction of a one-inch metal unit in 1988 for next month’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.
The event traditionally considered the halfway point of the NASCAR season will be contested [...]

IndyCar Motoring Into Future
Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 – 8:22 | Comments Off
IndyCar Motoring Into Future

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – By the end of June, Indy Racing League officials will have decided upon the look and sound of the IZOD IndyCar Series for 2012 and beyond.
Led by Randy Bernard, the IRL’s chief executive officer, the nine-member ICONIC (Innovative, Open-Wheel, New, Industry-Relevant, Cost Effective) Advisory Committee has [...]

IRL Issues Statement on Fiery Crash
Monday, Jun 7, 2010 – 19:56 | Comments Off
IRL Issues Statement on Fiery Crash

By John Sturbin
Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Reacting to a round of criticism in the media, the Indy Racing League issued a statement Monday supporting the fire-fighting efforts of its Holmatro Safety Team in the aftermath of rookie Simona de Silvestro’s grinding crash at Texas Motor Speedway.
De Silvestro escaped serious injury, and burns, when she [...]

Kaptain Knievel Jumpy At Texas
Sunday, Jun 6, 2010 – 17:02 | 3 Comments
Kaptain Knievel Jumpy At Texas

Fort Worth, Texas – Motorcycle daredevil Kaptain Robbie Knievel admits the only lifestyle he has ever known could someday be the death of him.
Thankfully, that wasn’t the case Saturday evening on the frontstretch at Texas Motor Speedway, where Knievel successfully completed his “Above The Law” jump.  Knievel, the 47-year-old son of legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, [...]

Winner Briscoe Is Not The Lone Star In Texas As Danica Shines
Saturday, Jun 5, 2010 – 22:26 | Comments Off
Winner Briscoe Is Not The Lone Star In Texas As Danica Shines

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com Fort Worth, Texas – On a hot summer night when both Ryan Briscoe and Danica Patrick resuscitated their IZOD IndyCar Series seasons, the Firestone 550k neatly came down to the events occurring on Lap 192 and Lap 193.
On Lap 192, Hideki Mutoh pitted for fuel under green, allowing Patrick [...]

Todd Bodine Stands Tall In Texas
Friday, Jun 4, 2010 – 22:49 | One Comment
Todd Bodine Stands Tall In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Todd Bodine says NASCAR’s 1.5-mile layouts fit his hang-it-out racing style. And on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, Bodine definitely was stylin.’
Bodine embellished his resume as winningest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver at TMS with an overtime victory in the WinStar World Casino 400k. [...]

Briscoe Hopes Texas Pole Turns Season
Friday, Jun 4, 2010 – 19:27 | One Comment
Briscoe Hopes Texas Pole Turns Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Less than a week removed from a wall-banging exit in the Indianapolis 500, Ryan Briscoe will start Saturday night’s Firestone 550k with a renewed purpose.
“I feel like I need to get this championship started,” Briscoe declared after qualifying on-pole Friday afternoon for Round 7 of the [...]

Dixon Off To Fast Start In Texas
Friday, Jun 4, 2010 – 15:22 | Comments Off
Dixon Off To Fast Start In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe – two of the three drivers who participated in an IZOD IndyCar Series test at Texas Motor Speedway last month – belatedly were rewarded for their labor Friday afternoon.
Dixon and Briscoe stood 1-2 atop the speed chart following the opening practice [...]