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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

Money Woes To Force Panther DRR To Cut IndyCar Season Short
Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 7:45 | Comments Off
Money Woes To Force Panther DRR To Cut IndyCar Season Short

One of open-wheel racing’s longest-tenured organizations is planning to hit the pause button because of economics.
Panther DRR – formerly Dreyer & Reinbold Racing – announced Wednesday it will scale back its participation in the IZOD IndyCar Series following the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
Panther DRR announced it is committed to competing [...]

Arana Brothers Team Up On Dad At SpringNationals
Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 – 6:47 | Comments Off
Arana Brothers Team Up On Dad At SpringNationals

Brothers Hector Jr. and Adam Arana upstaged their championship-winning father at Royal Purple Raceway Saturday, adding a family angle to the Pro Stock Motorcycle class at the rain-plagued 26th annual O’Reilly NHRA SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas.
Arana Jr. secured his second consecutive No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 12th of his career with a [...]

Coughlin Brakes His Way To Baytown Lead
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 – 7:11 | Comments Off
Coughlin Brakes His Way To Baytown Lead

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jeg Coughlin Jr. earned the provisional Pro Stock pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway during a run in which feathering the brakes proved every bit as pivotal as standing on the gas.
Coughlin’s second quarter-mile pass of 6.569-seconds at 211.20 mph initially was flawless, capping [...]

Kurt Busch Turns Into Superman For A Day
Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 – 7:47 | One Comment
Kurt Busch Turns Into Superman For A Day

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch admittedly found himself operating on “information overload” while hot-lapping in an Australian V8 Supercar at Circuit of The Americas.
The 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, Busch swapped rides with 2010 Supercar champion James Courtney Tuesday during a promotion for the inaugural appearance of the Australian production [...]

Victory Reinvigorates Foyt Just In Time For Indy
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 – 11:05 | Comments Off
Victory Reinvigorates Foyt Just In Time For Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Open-wheel icon A.J. Foyt Jr. underwent successful back surgery Tuesday in an effort to rejoin new first-time IZOD IndyCar Series winner Takuma Sato and the No. 14 team for the only race that really matters to “Super Tex,” the Indianapolis 500.
While A.J. recuperates, Sato’s victory in Sunday’s 39th annual [...]

Sato And Foyt Savor ‘Perfect Weekend’ In Long Beach
Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 – 19:56 | Comments Off
Sato And Foyt Savor ‘Perfect Weekend’ In Long Beach

Hours after scoring his first IZOD IndyCar Series win, Takuma Sato paused long enough to allow his rapid-fire Victory Lane celebration, photo shoot, press conference, one-on-one interviews and satellite media tour to sink in.
“Winning is very busy!” said Sato, summing-up a flawless performance for himself and A.J. Foyt Racing during Sunday’s 39th annual Toyota Grand [...]

Franchitti To Have Head Start In Race No. 250
Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 – 7:26 | Comments Off
Franchitti To Have Head Start In Race No. 250

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dario Franchitti will start his landmark 250th Indy-car race in style Sunday after claiming the Verizon P1 Award for the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
A four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion, Franchitti posted a quick lap of 1 minute, 07.2379-seconds at 105.369 mph during the waning seconds of [...]

Conway Has Good Day At Beach
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 – 6:26 | Comments Off
Conway Has Good Day At Beach

All the bench racing Englishman Mike Conway has logged during his extended offseason began to pay off in Southern California on Friday, opening day of practice for the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Making his belated 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series debut for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Conway was second-quick during both sessions around [...]

All Is Rosy For Busch As Cup Heads To Kansas
Friday, Apr 19, 2013 – 10:16 | Comments Off
All Is Rosy For Busch As Cup Heads To Kansas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Trending into Kansas Speedway for Sunday’s STP 400, it’s good to be the latest iteration of Kyle Busch.
“Rowdy” playfully grabbed a broom and swept out the stone floor of Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night after NASCAR’s NRA 500, his first Sprint Cup Series win on the high-banked, [...]

It Was One ‘Rowdy’ Weekend In Fort Worth
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 – 8:28 | Comments Off
It Was One ‘Rowdy’ Weekend In Fort Worth

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Busch broke out a broom and playfully swept the stone surface of Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, the perfect prop and photo-op for a guy who spent his weekend in Cowtown cleaning house.
Busch used a late-race pit stop to overhaul Martin Truex [...]