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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

Michael Andretti Has Eyes On Formula One
Friday, Jun 14, 2013 – 7:05 | Comments Off
Michael Andretti Has Eyes On Formula One

Already a championship team-owner and successful promoter in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Michael Andretti’s next order of business could be labeled – us against the world.
“(I’m) always looking at expanding our racing, and, yeah, I would love to one day be in Formula One in some way,” Andretti said during a teleconference promoting this weekend’s [...]

Ford’s Allison Talks About Strengths, Struggles
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 – 11:30 | Comments Off
Ford’s Allison Talks About Strengths, Struggles

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ongoing development of team synergy – specifically between longtime powerhouse Roush Fenway Racing and newcomer Penske Racing – dominated questions directed to Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing, during a national teleconference Tuesday afternoon.
Through the season’s first 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Ford drivers have scored two victories in [...]

INDYCAR Slaps Texas-Winner With Big Penalty
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 – 19:21 | One Comment
INDYCAR Slaps Texas-Winner With Big Penalty

INDYCAR, sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, penalized race-winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske Tuesday afternoon following an infraction discovered during post-race technical inspection after Saturday night’s Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 AAA Insurance Dallara/Chevrolet, has been fined $35,000 and docked 15 entrant points for not complying with [...]

Helio Supplied Important Punchline At Texas
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 – 6:42 | One Comment
Helio Supplied Important Punchline At Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Facetious as it was, the question struck a nerve with Helio Castroneves.
This was Friday morning at Texas Motor Speedway, where Castroneves was asked if it was time for team-owner Roger Penske to hire a couple of drivers who knew how to win IZOD IndyCar Series races.
True enough, Castroneves and Team Penske [...]

Justin Wilson Is Facing A Texas-Sized Challenge
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 – 9:54 | Comments Off
Justin Wilson Is Facing A Texas-Sized Challenge

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Justin Wilson’s hopes of repeating as winner of the Firestone 550 suffered a serious setback Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, where the Englishman and veteran engineer Bill Pappas suddenly are stuck in 2004.
Dario Franchitti qualified on-pole for the Bombardier Learjet 500k night race here in June [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]