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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

America’s Andretti Clan Holds Court In Texas
Friday, Jun 7, 2013 – 20:13 | Comments Off
America’s Andretti Clan Holds Court In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas _ There is a legacy – or is it a burden? – that comes gift-wrapped with the surname Andretti, a fact of life realized over the past 30 years by Michael, Jeff and now Marco.
Family scion Mario Gabriele Andretti says sons Michael and Jeff caught the racing [...]

Trucker Sauter Continues To Feast On Texas Pole Day
Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 – 20:52 | Comments Off
Trucker Sauter Continues To Feast On Texas Pole Day

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Johnny Sauter’s twice-a-year visits to Texas Motor Speedway continue to present him with a personal conundrum, even when he’s on a roll.
Sauter swept the June and November NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the high-banked, 1.5-mile TMS quadoval last year. Thursday afternoon, Sauter qualified on-pole [...]

Sato Talks About Racing In The Boss’s House
Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 – 19:57 | One Comment
Sato Talks About Racing In The Boss’s House

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – When he joined A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply Racing team this year, Takuma Sato’s first sponsor “obligation” was a seven-day cruise in the Caribbean aboard Holland-America’s “Eurodam” charter in January. While at sea, the ex-Formula 1 driver sat down for an interview that covered a wide range [...]

Kanaan Giving IndyCar Lessons In Team Building
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 – 17:13 | Comments Off
Kanaan Giving IndyCar Lessons In Team Building

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas  – In a season that has seen “little guy” teams stand tall on IZOD IndyCar Series podiums, KV Racing Technology, Tony Kanaan and his prominent proboscis definitely fit the profile.
Kanaan ended 11 years of frustration with his victory in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 last [...]

TRD’s White To Step Down After Current Season
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 – 8:03 | Comments Off
TRD’s White To Step Down After Current Season

The face and voice of Toyota Racing Development’s wide-ranging North American motorsports programs for more than 15 years is stepping down.
Lee White, president of TRD, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the 2013 racing season. Citing “family health care needs,” White immediately will cease his daily duties and vacate the position [...]

Hildebrand Crashes Out Of His IndyCar Ride
Friday, May 31, 2013 – 10:03 | Comments Off
Hildebrand Crashes Out Of His IndyCar Ride

J.R. Hildebrand crashed-out of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 as a rising IZOD IndyCar Series star. On Thursday, his latest Turn 4 wall-banger at Indianapolis Motor Speedway cost Hildebrand his job.
Panther Racing and Hildebrand announced “a mutual agreement” to immediately terminate the Californian’s contract, which was scheduled to continue through the end of the 2013 season. [...]

Rosberg Not Thinking Of Dad As He Crossed Line In Monaco
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 7:18 | Comments Off
Rosberg Not Thinking Of Dad As He Crossed Line In Monaco

His first Monaco Grand Prix victory left Nico Rosberg visibly over-the-top but historically underwhelmed, 30 years after his father won Formula One’s crown jewel event.
Nico started on-pole, stayed ahead of multiple collisions around the tight, 2-mile street-course and led all 78 laps en route to his first victory of the season and first for Mercedes [...]

500-Winner Kanaan Cashes In, Ponders Future
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – 7:21 | Comments Off
500-Winner Kanaan Cashes In, Ponders Future

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Kanaan ended 11 years of frustration – and silenced perhaps his most personal critic – with his record-setting victory in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan earned $2,353,355 from an overall purse of $12,020,065, a windfall for the popular Brazilian, team co-owner Jimmy Vasser and KV Racing Technology.
“I’m [...]

Still-Feisty Foyt Thinks Indy Win Is Within Reach
Sunday, May 26, 2013 – 6:58 | Comments Off
Still-Feisty Foyt Thinks Indy Win Is Within Reach

To a generation of open-wheel fans who saw him race and win during his prime, A.J. Foyt Jr. is as much a tradition at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Borg-Warner Trophy, the Pagoda tower and the Yard of Bricks.
Only don’t confuse Foyt with a potted plant. At age 78 and recovering from recent back surgery, [...]

Notes: Honda Feeling The Power At Indianapolis
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 7:59 | Comments Off
Notes: Honda Feeling The Power At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from Simon Pagenaud is that Honda Performance Development apparently has closed the horsepower gap on rival Chevrolet heading into Sunday’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pagenaud, who will start from the outside of the seventh row, topped [...]