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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

Penske Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 19:17 | Comments Off on Penske Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend
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 | Comments Off on Field Hits Track En Masse For 500 Practice
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 | Comments Off on Hinchcliffe Takes His Lumps After Indianapolis Qualifying Failure
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 | Comments Off on Turbo Boost Sends Cars To ‘Warp Speed’ At Indy
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 | Comments Off on Young Torrence Tops Pop At Heartland Park
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 […]

Rahal Takes His Turn At Topping Indy Charts
Friday, May 18, 2018 – 8:39 | Comments Off on Rahal Takes His Turn At Topping Indy Charts
Rahal Takes His Turn At Topping Indy Charts

Another name synonymous with Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway set the pace during Day 3 of practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500.
Graham Rahal, son of 1986 Indy 500 champion and team-owner Bobby Rahal, was fastest of 35 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers on track Thursday with an early lap of 226.047 mph that held throughout […]

Andretti Climbs To Top Of Charts At Indianapolis
Thursday, May 17, 2018 – 9:01 | Comments Off on Andretti Climbs To Top Of Charts At Indianapolis
Andretti Climbs To Top Of Charts At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Third-generation Indy car driver Marco Andretti took Andretti Autosport and Honda to the top of the speed chart with a lap over 227 mph during Wednesday’s seven-hour practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Andretti’s best lap of 227.053 mph around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval led a […]

Same Old, Same Old: Penske Cars Fast At Indy
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Same Old, Same Old: Penske Cars Fast At Indy
Same Old, Same Old: Penske Cars Fast At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Penske, the most successful organization in the history of Indy car racing, was out-of-the-box fast Tuesday during the official start of practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
Simon Pagenaud topped an expanded speed chart as all 35 entered drivers completed laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis […]

Haas F1 Drivers Are Heading In Different Directions
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Drivers Are Heading In Different Directions
Haas F1 Drivers Are Heading In Different Directions

In a sport where your teammate is disguised as your greatest rival, Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen clearly one-upped Romain Grosjean during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.
Magnussen finished sixth Sunday after qualifying seventh at Circuit de Barcelona –Catalunya to deliver another point-paying performance for the American-owned organization. Magnussen’s effort also was a “best-of-the-rest” result in […]

Ashley Set The Table For The Force Sisters
Monday, May 7, 2018 – 19:32 | Comments Off on Ashley Set The Table For The Force Sisters
Ashley Set The Table For The Force Sisters

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Before sisters Brittany and Courtney Force emerged as NHRA “Women of Power,” Ashley Force Hood forever changed the look of the Funny Car category on an historic Sunday afternoon at Atlanta Dragway.
A daughter of Funny Car icon John Force, Force Hood already was a fan favorite via her Sportsman career […]