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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

Confident Rahal Hoping To Double Up In Detroit
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 – 8:54 | Comments Off on Confident Rahal Hoping To Double Up In Detroit
Confident Rahal Hoping To Double Up In Detroit

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Here’s guessing that Graham Rahal probably didn’t sleep great Saturday night either. It’s called anticipation…
Rahal led 55 of 70 laps around the Raceway at Belle Isle Park’s 2.35-mile/14-turn temporary street circuit Saturday afternoon en route to a dominating victory in the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented […]

NHRA Girls Going Fast In New England
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 – 8:01 | Comments Off on NHRA Girls Going Fast In New England
NHRA Girls Going Fast In New England

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sisters Brittany and Courtney Force were joined by Erica Enders in a “You-Go-Girl” opening day of qualifying Friday during the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.
Brittany Force raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead while Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Enders (Pro Stock) […]

IndyCar Gig Will Be Pure Delight For Gutierrez
Friday, Jun 2, 2017 – 17:06 | Comments Off on IndyCar Gig Will Be Pure Delight For Gutierrez
IndyCar Gig Will Be Pure Delight For Gutierrez

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Former Formula One regular Esteban Gutierrez says he is looking forward to a weekend of “pure, pure racing” as he makes his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne Racing in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
Gutierrez is replacing the recuperating Sebatien Bourdais in the series’ only doubleheader on the schedule […]

Kanaan Chuffed About Driving Tour Of France
Friday, Jun 2, 2017 – 8:54 | Comments Off on Kanaan Chuffed About Driving Tour Of France
Kanaan Chuffed About Driving Tour Of France

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Open-wheel veteran Tony Kanaan will check another box off his racing bucket list later this month, when he participates in the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Kanaan, a native of Brazil, will join American Joey Hand and Dirk Müller of Germany in Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. […]

Indy 500 Victory Went To Sato’s Head On Monday
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – 7:33 | Comments Off on Indy 500 Victory Went To Sato’s Head On Monday
Indy 500 Victory Went To Sato’s Head On Monday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Takuma Sato’s alarm clock went off at 6:45 a.m. Monday, launching a bleary-eyed search for a bottle of fast-acting pain relief tablets.
Should a throbbing head be considered yet another official confirmation of victory in the 101st Indianapolis 500?
“Actually, yes,” said Sato, explaining he got to sleep at […]

Alonso Gets A Small Taste Of The Indianapolis 500
Monday, May 29, 2017 – 7:47 | Comments Off on Alonso Gets A Small Taste Of The Indianapolis 500
Alonso Gets A Small Taste Of The Indianapolis 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Surrounded by media and assorted gawkers post-race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he raised the milk and offered a toast.
Takuma Sato after winning Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500? Nah, Sato and his Andretti Autosport teammates were out kissing the bricks at the start/finish line after his scintillating […]

Bourdais: I’m Not Done Racing
Sunday, May 28, 2017 – 11:51 | Comments Off on Bourdais: I’m Not Done Racing
Bourdais: I’m Not Done Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS _ Accompanied by crutches, Sebastien Bourdais returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday morning for the first time since his violent crash on May20 during qualifying for the 101st edition of the Indianapolis 500.
“Physically, I’m doing well,” Bourdais said during a news conference on the Speedway’s Fourth Floor, “and I […]

Defending 500 Champion Rossi Feeling Optimistic
Sunday, May 28, 2017 – 7:41 | Comments Off on Defending 500 Champion Rossi Feeling Optimistic
Defending 500 Champion Rossi Feeling Optimistic

INDIANAPOLIS – Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi never will be accused of vanity. Monday will mark the one-year anniversary of his improbable victory as a rookie in the historic 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Time to dust off that DVD for a quick review, prior to Sunday’s 101st edition?
“I’ve legitimately not […]

Alonsomania Sweeping 101st Running Of Indy 500
Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 16:48 | Comments Off on Alonsomania Sweeping 101st Running Of Indy 500
Alonsomania Sweeping 101st Running Of Indy 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – It hasn’t been easy trying to upstage Fernando Alonso this Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Alonsomania is running WFO _ Wide. Flat. Open.
Scott Dixon breathed in whatever air was left swirling around inside the venerable “Cathedral of Speed” last Sunday, when he qualified on-pole for […]

Castroneves Poised To Make Indy History – Again
Friday, May 26, 2017 – 20:09 | Comments Off on Castroneves Poised To Make Indy History – Again
Castroneves Poised To Make Indy History – Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages. And the “good news” from three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves is that he believes he is poised to join the Speedway’s most exclusive list at the conclusion of Sunday’s running of the 101st Indianapolis 500.
Castroneves topped the […]