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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

Kanaan Says IndyCar Needs To Face Up
Friday, Jan 11, 2013 – 9:53 | Comments Off
Kanaan Says IndyCar Needs To Face Up

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Kanaan says it has remained difficult for him to judge the protocol surrounding Randy Bernard’s dismissal as INDYCAR chief executive officer last fall. But Kanaan insists he knows what the open-wheel series lacks heading into testing next month for the 2013 season.
“We need a face,” said Kanaan, the 2004 [...]

A Cliff-Dweller’s Guide to 2012 Racing Faves
Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 – 9:33 | Comments Off
A Cliff-Dweller’s Guide to 2012 Racing Faves

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Awoke on New Year’s Day after dreaming I had driven my Guards Red 1987 Porsche Turbo off of something called a “Fiscal Cliff.” Actually, that was probably a delayed reaction to my latest repair bill.
As for that cliff, I drove off of that sucker in June of 2008, when I [...]

After One, Barrichello Is Done In IndyCar Series
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 – 8:53 | Comments Off
After One, Barrichello Is Done In IndyCar Series

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rubens Barrichello’s tenure as an IZOD IndyCar Series driver will go into the open-wheel record books as one-and-done.
Barrichello, who spent last season with KV Racing Technology, confirmed this week that he will race in his native Brazil’s Stock Car V8 Series in 2013. Barrichello reportedly will drive a Peugeot for [...]

Reflective Franchitti Adds To Etchings Collection
Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 – 9:23 | Comments Off
Reflective Franchitti Adds To Etchings Collection

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The inspiration for Dario Franchitti’s third Indianapolis 500 victory in May was drawn from a pair of disparate sources – the memory of the late Dan Wheldon and “The Book of Johnny.”
The base of the BorgWarner Trophy – the most coveted award in worldwide motorsports – recently was removed from [...]

Hunter-Reay To ROC And Roll With ‘The Man’
Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 – 8:32 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay To ROC And Roll With ‘The Man’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Even a big-time racing champion is capable of hero-worship, and for Ryan Hunter-Reay that driver is “Schumi.”
Hunter-Reay, the reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion, will cross paths with Formula One “superheld” Michael Schumacher of Germany while competing in the 25th annual Race of Champions in Thailand this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to [...]

Rahal Takes The Family Car For A Spin At Sebring
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 – 9:28 | Comments Off
Rahal Takes The Family Car For A Spin At Sebring

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Graham Rahal recorded his first hot laps in the family car in wet conditions Tuesday, and didn’t put a scratch on it.
Rahal completed 49 trouble-free laps during IZOD IndyCar Series testing with Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing on the 1.65-mile Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, his first session in an RLL-prepared car on a [...]

Lotus Withdraws From IndyCar
Friday, Dec 7, 2012 – 15:53 | Comments Off
Lotus Withdraws From IndyCar

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lotus has been released from its contract to supply engines to the IZOD IndyCar Series after a dismal single-season of domestic open-wheel competition.
“We appreciate the effort that Lotus made in helping return manufacturer competition to the IZOD IndyCar Series,” Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s president of operations and strategy said Friday morning. [...]

Hunter-Reay Has Number of Things On His Mind
Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 – 8:29 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay Has Number of Things On His Mind

Reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will sport a modified version of the No. 1 during the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season while continuing to acknowledge a very personal crusade against cancer.
The No. 1 on Hunter-Reay’s DHL Dallara/Chevrolet will be bisected by the No. 28 in recognition of the 28-million people living with cancer worldwide. Hunter-Reay’s mother, [...]

Keselowski, Penske Take Center Stage In Vegas
Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 – 9:21 | Comments Off
Keselowski, Penske Take Center Stage In Vegas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Comparing himself to a Powerball lottery-ticket dreamer, Brad Keselowski says he became a winner the day he signed-on with motorsports mogul Roger Penske and an organization seeking its belated first NASCAR championship.
Bradley Aaron Keselowski delivered Penske Racing its first NASCAR Nationwide Series championship in 2010, an accomplishment eclipsed by “Bad [...]

Keselowski About To Be Showered by Awards
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 – 9:02 | Comments Off
Keselowski About To Be Showered by Awards

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On a to-do list topped by “Date a celebrity,” 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has added “Buy a tank” en route to what appears to be the inside track to the Driver of the Year award.
We’ll get to that possible tank purchase by “Bad Brad” in a [...]