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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

Newgarden Says He Would Love To Invade Europe
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 11:30 | No Comment
Newgarden Says He Would Love To Invade Europe

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Josef Newgarden’s pre-race preparations for today’s Indianapolis 500 likely were interrupted by a quick look-see at the nearest TV monitor for ESPN’s live telecast of Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Team Penske’s Newgarden, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, expressed interest this week in taking his talents overseas to […]

Helio Takes Aim At No. 4
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 7:28 | No Comment
Helio Takes Aim At No. 4

INDIANAPOLIS – Anyone who seriously doubts that Helio Castroneves can win a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday needs to revisit the events leading up to May 27, 2001.
Seventeen years ago to the day, Castroneves won the first of his three Indy 500s with Team Penske as a one-off “ringer” from another series competing with […]

It’s 500 And Done For Danica
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 7:04 | No Comment
It’s 500 And Done For Danica

INDIANAPOLIS – She’s made her own way, Danica Patrick says with gusto in her latest TV commercial. And at the conclusion of the 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500, she will make her own way out of the venue and the event that launched “Danicamania” 13 years ago.
That will happen, Danica said, even if she […]

Barnhart, Harding Take On Open-Wheel Big Boys
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 7:43 | No Comment
Barnhart, Harding Take On Open-Wheel Big Boys

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Baseball fan Brian Barnhart says that in a world dominated by the big market New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and World Series champion Houston Astros, Harding Racing is the Verizon IndyCar Series equivalent of the Cincinnati Reds.
Instead of competing against the likes of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, […]

Kanaan Enjoying Life With A.J. At Indianapolis
Friday, May 25, 2018 – 17:46 | No Comment
Kanaan Enjoying Life With A.J. At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway traditionally is about sending messages for Sunday’s race. And with Tony Kanaan sitting atop the speed chart after the Month of May’s final practice, perhaps there is one more afternoon of magic left in the iconic career of team-owner A.J. […]

Penske Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 19:17 | No Comment
Penske  Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – On the day after his announced election into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Roger Penske was in full starched white shirt/black slacks mode as owner of the most successful organization in the history of American motorsports.
And for “The Captain,” that meant looking squarely ahead to the 102nd edition of the […]

Field Hits Track En Masse For 500 Practice
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – 7:17 | No Comment
Field Hits Track En Masse For 500 Practice

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam set the pace Monday as all 33 drivers qualified for the 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500 turned laps in race-like conditions around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The three-hour session saw a massive 2,526 laps completed as a preview for Sunday’s running of “The […]

Hinchcliffe Takes His Lumps After Indianapolis Qualifying Failure
Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 12:27 | No Comment
Hinchcliffe Takes His Lumps After Indianapolis Qualifying Failure

The racing fates of James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann became intertwined as the minutes counted down during Saturday’s first day of qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500, when a former pole-winner and Indy-only specialist failed to crack the traditional 33-car field.
“Nobody failed us, the system didn’t fail us. We failed us,” said Hinchcliffe, who […]

Turbo Boost Sends Cars To ‘Warp Speed’ At Indy
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 8:31 | No Comment
Turbo Boost Sends Cars To ‘Warp Speed’ At Indy

Additional turbocharger boost sent practice speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the 230 mph barrier _ aka warp speed _ during Fast Friday, the eve of two days of qualifications for the 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500.
Third-generation driver Marco Andretti topped the chart for the second time this week with a lap of 00:38.8262-seconds/231.802 […]

Young Torrence Tops Pop At Heartland Park
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 8:17 | No Comment
Young Torrence Tops Pop At Heartland Park

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Top Fuel point-leader Steve Torrence is determined to maintain an impressive every-other-race victory cycle this weekend during the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park. And that’s bad news for Billy Torrence.
Steve out-qualified his father as the Torrences torched the provisional field Friday after the opening two rounds of time trials in […]