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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

Chili Bowl Going Live
Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Chili Bowl Going Live

Grassroots racing’s “Super Bowl” is headed for live, primetime TV.
The 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will mark its inaugural live broadcast on MAVTV American Real for its championship round on Saturday night, Jan. 18.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) and scheduled for three hours, the national broadcast will be the [...]

Investigators: Veering Off Trail Hurt Schumacher
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 – 19:09 | Comments Off
Investigators: Veering Off Trail Hurt Schumacher

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
French prosecutors investigating Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident have confirmed that the former Formula One World Driving Champion was “off-piste” – off a marked path – when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
But police investigators continuing to review footage from Schumacher’s helmet camera added they do not believe [...]

Video Studied In Schumacher Ski Accident Probe
Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 – 21:15 | Comments Off
Video Studied In Schumacher Ski Accident Probe

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Footage from the helmet camera worn by Michael Schumacher on the morning he crashed while skiing in the French Alps is being examined by police trying to reconstruct the accident.
A seven-time Formula One World Driving Champion, Schumacher was injured when he fell and hit his helmeted head on a rock [...]

Pro Stock’s Edwards Sells Off His Racing Operation
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 – 8:02 | 11 Comments
Pro Stock’s Edwards Sells Off His Racing Operation

Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha plans to contest the entire 24-race NHRA season in 2014 after acquiring the complete racing inventory of 2009 World Champion Mike Edwards.
The deal that apparently has sent Edwards into an unexpected retirement at age 56 was announced by McGaha via emailed news release from his hometown of Odessa, Texas, [...]

Update: Schumacher Has Second Brain Operation
Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 – 19:19 | Comments Off
Update: Schumacher Has Second Brain Operation

Michael Schumacher has undergone a second operation to remove another hematoma on his injured brain, reducing inter-cranial pressure the former Formula 1 World Driving Champion sustained in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday.
While Schumacher’s condition reportedly has shown slight improvement, the seven-time champion remained in an induced coma in critical condition.
According to [...]

Dirty Kurty Cleaned Up His Act During Terrific 2013
Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013 – 10:21 | 3 Comments
Dirty Kurty Cleaned Up His Act During Terrific 2013

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Colleague/boss Jim Pedley, founder and managing editor of RacinToday.com, emailed me on the morning after the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards telecast to note that he just cannot bear to watch the program anymore.
“Like fingernails on blackboard watching these guys try to be funny,” Jim said. And I bet [...]

Sato Returns To Foyt Racing For 2014 Season
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 – 10:26 | Comments Off
Sato Returns To Foyt Racing For 2014 Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Takuma Sato will begin his second IndyCar Series season with A.J. Foyt Racing today with a test session at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway. The team confirmed Tuesday that Sato, 36, will continue to drive Foyt’s No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda in 2014, the native of Japan’s fifth season in the [...]

Ganassi Adds Veteran Briscoe To IndyCar Team
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 – 9:08 | Comments Off
Ganassi Adds Veteran Briscoe To IndyCar Team

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Chip Ganassi Racing put the finishing touches on its 2014 IndyCar Series lineup Friday with the addition of Ryan Briscoe to a fulltime ride and a key number switch involving reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan.
Briscoe, who began his domestic open-wheel career with team-owner Ganassi in 2005, has signed a [...]

Jimmie Talks Past, Present, Future At Banquet
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 – 9:17 | 2 Comments
Jimmie Talks Past, Present, Future At Banquet

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson marked his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Friday night as driver, parent and cultural historian, and with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for the next chapter of his wonderful life.
The latter was delivered by championship runnerup Matt Kenseth during the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las [...]

Black Friday Deals For Gear Heads
Friday, Nov 29, 2013 – 13:34 | Comments Off
Black Friday Deals For Gear Heads

Again, it’s “Black Friday” which leads to “Cyber Monday” and maybe even to “Ruby Tuesday” _ days made for people who drive Honda Odysseys in search of holiday bargains both real-and-imagined.
Anyone with a really, really cool car _ for instance, a Guards Red 1987 Porsche Turbo _ wouldn’t think of battling traffic over to the [...]