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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

Q&A: Mario’s Life And Career Have Been A RUSH
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 – 13:54 | 2 Comments
Q&A: Mario’s Life And Career Have Been A RUSH

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
He never has parallel-parked a train, but for a generation of motorsports fans Mario Andretti truly is The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Consider these accomplishments:
– Only driver to win NASCAR’s Daytona 500 (1967), Indianapolis 500 (1969) and Formula One World Driving Championship (1978).
– Along with Phil Hill, only the [...]

Is IndyCar On The Road To An Indy Road Race?
Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 – 7:23 | Comments Off
Is IndyCar On The Road To An Indy Road Race?

Graham Rahal says an IZOD IndyCar Series road-race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway would only add to the “good vibe” generated during the traditional Month of May capped by the Indy 500.
“We’re all here for the Month of May anyways, so let’s put on another good show and give the fans something else to see,” said [...]

Kanaan Ironing Out The Details Of His Future
Friday, Aug 30, 2013 – 7:05 | Comments Off
Kanaan Ironing Out The Details Of His Future

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With his 212th consecutive start on Sunday, Tony Kanaan officially will take his place as “Ironman” of the IZOD IndyCar Series. Coincidentally, the guy Kanaan will replace is working to make sure that Ripkenesque streak continues.
“I know there’s a lot of speculation out there about Tony’s status with KV, his [...]

Franchitti Hoping To End 2013 Slide In Sonoma
Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 – 12:16 | Comments Off
Franchitti Hoping To End 2013 Slide In Sonoma

Nine different drivers have won IZOD IndyCar Series races through the first 14 events of 2013. With the season rapidly winding down, four-time series champion Dario Franchitti is aiming to become the 10th today at Sonoma Raceway.
Franchitti will chase career victory No. 32 from pole position during the 85-lap GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma after [...]

Power Hopes That Sonoma Is Win Country
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 – 6:59 | Comments Off
Power Hopes That Sonoma Is Win Country

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Will Power says his winless IZOD IndyCar Series season is the product of a number of factors that have relegated him to wing-man for Team Penske teammate/point-leader Helio Castroneves.
Power sits 11th in the standings and 148 points behind Castroneves heading into Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in California’s wine [...]

New Guy Luhr Takes First Laps In An Indy Car
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 – 17:57 | Comments Off
New Guy Luhr Takes First Laps In An Indy Car

Fifteen drivers, including a pair making their IZOD IndyCar Series debuts, completed a one-day manufacturer/team test at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday in preparation for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Aug. 23-25.
Five-time American Le Mans Series champion Lucas Luhr, who will drive for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in Sonoma, completed 10 laps around the 12-turn, [...]

Aussie Ambrose Is A Triple Threat At Watkins Glen
Monday, Aug 12, 2013 – 7:35 | Comments Off
Aussie Ambrose Is A Triple Threat At Watkins Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His tenure Down Under has served Marcos Ambrose particularly well in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, where a bit of NASCAR history beckons the native Australian at Watkins Glen International.
Ambrose is working on a two-race Sprint Cup Series winning streak heading into Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The [...]

The ‘Clawing’ Begins For Hunter-Reay
Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 – 6:40 | Comments Off
The ‘Clawing’ Begins For Hunter-Reay

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Well-aware it’s “go-for-broke” time, reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay gambled on tire selection Saturday afternoon en route to qualifying on-pole for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Hunter-Reay posted a lap of 1 minute, 05.3519-seconds/124.385 mph around the 2.258-mile/13-turn layout in Lexington, Ohio, to earn the [...]

Power Combines With Comfort To Produce Speed In Mid-Ohio
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 – 7:08 | Comments Off
Power Combines With Comfort To Produce Speed In Mid-Ohio

Road-racing ace Will Power, admittedly baffled by the balance of his Dallara/Chevrolet all season, rallied to post the fastest lap of the day as time expired during Friday’s second IZOD IndyCar Series practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Power, fastest among 24 drivers participating in the session, toured the 2.258-mile/13-turn [...]

Ford’s Exit Of NHRA Leaves Force In Limbo
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 – 7:19 | 3 Comments
Ford’s Exit Of NHRA Leaves Force In Limbo

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Neither John Force’s rat-tat-tat sponsorship spiels nor Courtney Force’s slightly naughty nudie magazine layout could convince Ford Racing to continue its team support programs in the NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series beyond 2014.
That’s one way to interpret Ford’s stunning decision to concentrate its drag racing dollars on NHRA’s grassroots [...]