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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

Tagliani To Sub For Franchitti
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Tagliani To Sub For Franchitti

Open-wheel veteran Alex Tagliani will replace the injured Dario Franchitti for Target Chip Ganassi Racing during the season-ending MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Oct. 19.
Franchitti, a four-time series champion, is recovering from multiple injuries suffered Sunday in Race 2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of [...]

Texas Motor Speedway Schedules A Wing-Ding
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 – 18:20 | Comments Off
Texas Motor Speedway Schedules A Wing-Ding

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway’s “No Limits Wild Asphalt Circus” schedule will reach unprecedented heights when the Red Bull Air Race World Championship takes to the North Texas skies on Sept. 6-7, 2014.
TMS will join sister Speedway Motorsports Inc. facility Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the only American [...]

Franchitti Undergoes Surgery
Monday, Oct 7, 2013 – 17:51 | Comments Off
Franchitti Undergoes Surgery

Four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti underwent surgery to stabilize a fracture in his right ankle in a Houston hospital Sunday evening, one of several injuries the Scotsman suffered in a grinding, last-lap crash during Race 2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader.
Franchitti was admitted awake and alert into Memorial [...]

Dixon Leads Points After Scary Race In Houston
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 – 19:30 | Comments Off
Dixon Leads Points After Scary Race In Houston

Season-long rivals Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves will decide the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship in two weeks after a tumultuous two days on the mean streets of Houston that ended in disaster for four-time champion Dario Franchitti.
Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, emerged from Sunday’s second 90-lap event of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand [...]

Dixon Has Eye On A Sweep In Houston, Points Lead
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Dixon Has Eye On A Sweep In Houston, Points Lead

Scott Dixon hacked into Helio Castroneves’ IZOD IndyCar Series point-lead big-time Saturday afternoon with a victory in Race 1 of the Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. And as he did at the doubleheader on the Streets of Toronto in mid-July, Dixie now is whistling…sweep!
Dixon’s fourth win of 2013, and third on a street circuit, [...]

Street Fight Brewing In Houston
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Street Fight Brewing In Houston

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
IZOD IndyCar Series championship contenders Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon continued to measure one another during Friday’s opening practice session for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader, while Justin Wilson and Will Power significantly lowered lap times in the second 45-minute session.
Wilson, driver of the No. 19 [...]

Junior Cooks Up New Plan: Swing For The Fences
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Junior Cooks Up New Plan: Swing For The Fences

ROANOKE, Texas – NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. figures he’ll have to do some major point-shaving if he has any chance of contending for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Junior is in 10th place and 57 points behind championship leader Matt Kenseth heading into Round 4 of the 10-event Chase, Sunday’s Hollywood Casino [...]

Hornish Jr. On The Cusp Of Title, Joblessness
Friday, Sep 27, 2013 – 8:06 | 3 Comments
Hornish Jr. On The Cusp Of Title, Joblessness

Sam Hornish Jr. could end the season as 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion – and unemployed.
“I’m in the offer-taking stage right now. At this point they don’t have anything for me at Penske (Racing) next year,” Hornish said during an interview with RacinToday.com on Thursday. “It’s not anything performance-wise. It’s strictly money and not on [...]

Q&A: Foyt Talks Racing, Health, More Racing
Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Q&A: Foyt Talks Racing, Health, More Racing

He is An American Original, big as Texas and tougher than a well-worn pair of Nocona Chocolate Brown cowboy boots.
Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr. has been banging around racetracks for 60 years, starting on the small dirt tracks around his Houston hometown in 1953 and graduating in rapid fashion to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and [...]

Texas-Sized Changes Announced For TMS
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 – 8:19 | Comments Off
Texas-Sized Changes Announced For TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Fans attending NASCAR and INDYCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014 invariably will find themselves locked in a stare-down with Big Hoss TV, a “monumental” addition to Eddie Gossage’s No Limits Wild Asphalt Circus.
“Big Hoss is unquestionably the biggest, baddest big-screen in the world. Not [...]