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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

Bobby Labonte, TRG Split
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 – 15:41 | 3 Comments
Bobby Labonte, TRG Split

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Former Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte apparently will spend the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR season as a hired gun.
Labonte, the 2000 Cup champion, announced he was leaving TRG Motorsports in a news release Wednesday morning. And before the close of business, he had picked up a three-race gig [...]

Medlen Paired With Capps
Monday, Jun 21, 2010 – 7:17 | One Comment
Medlen Paired With Capps

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car driver Ron Capps received a pair of unexpected presents on his 45th birthday Sunday – a first-round loss in the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and a new crew chief.
Winless through the first 12 events of 2010, Capps will be paired with crew chief John Medlen “effective [...]

Results of De Silvestro Fire Probe Released
Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 – 22:29 | Comments Off
Results of De Silvestro Fire Probe Released

Fort Worth, Texas – An Indy Racing League investigation into the fiery crash involving IZOD IndyCar Series rookie Simona de Silvestro at Texas Motor Speedway has cited a procedural error in the packing of a fire hose on one of its trucks that caused it to malfunction, as well as “human error” in the form [...]

Sturbin: Remembering A Great Racing Voice
Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 – 8:14 | 2 Comments
Sturbin: Remembering A Great Racing Voice

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s been said that everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, and how they learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas.
I was sitting at a desk in a classroom at Transfiguration School, a Catholic grammar school in my [...]

Rahal Lands Ride At Iowa
Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Rahal Lands Ride At Iowa

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has tapped Graham Rahal to replace the injured Mike Conway for the Iowa Corn 250, Round 8 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Iowa Speedway. Rahal will drive the No. 24 Dad’s Root Beer custom-designed Hot Wheels Dallara/Honda on June 20.
Rahal, 21, most recently started seventh [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]