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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

Aussie V8 Supercars Set To Mess With Texas
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 20:51 | Comments Off
Aussie V8 Supercars Set To Mess With Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – Intent on adding the United States to its global expansion list, the Australian V8 Supercars Championship began hot-lapping around Circuit of The Americas Friday in sedans featuring steering wheels on the “wrong side,” marques like Holden Commodore and the promise of door-banging worthy of “RU Faster Than [...]

Rookie Munoz Leads Andretti Charge At Indy
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 7:03 | Comments Off
Rookie Munoz Leads Andretti Charge At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rookie Carlos Munoz’s comfort level at Indianapolis Motor Speedway increased by 2.14 mph Thursday, when the Andretti Autosport driver re-emerged atop the speed chart heading into “Fast Friday” at the 2.5-mile oval.
Munoz, the Firestone Indy Lights point-leader, recorded the fastest lap of the Month of May at 225.163 mph (39.9711-seconds) [...]

Greg Anderson Fined By NHRA
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 6:47 | Comments Off
Greg Anderson Fined By NHRA

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Four-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson and the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock team were penalized Tuesday by the NHRA for separate rules infractions committed last weekend during the 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
Anderson was fined $5,000 and penalized 10 NHRA [...]

Andretti Cars Setting The Pace At Indianapolis
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 6:42 | Comments Off
Andretti Cars Setting The Pace At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ambient temperatures that inched into the 80s Tuesday were a welcomed respite for IZOD IndyCar Series teams testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But the results at the top of the time sheet remained the same as Andretti Autosport continued to dominate preparations for the 97th Indianapolis 500 on May [...]

Indianapolis Is Open And Business Is Brisk
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – 8:51 | Comments Off
Indianapolis Is Open And Business Is Brisk

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Native son Ed Carpenter topped the speed chart on Opening Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where his second-year IZOD IndyCar Series team is looking to bolster its history in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
Carpenter, winner of the most recent IndyCar Series race on a superspeedway, [...]

Kurt Busch Completes Rookie Test At Indianapolis
Friday, May 10, 2013 – 7:21 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch Completes Rookie Test At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kurt Busch completed the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program during a test Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion reached a top speed of 218.210 mph in a car without fenders.
“Pinch me, I am like a kid in a candy store,” Busch said after [...]

‘Fast N’ Loud’ Building Cool Cars, Rabid Following
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 7:01 | 12 Comments
‘Fast N’ Loud’ Building Cool Cars, Rabid Following

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Fans of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” reality series dealing with an acute case of repeat episode withdrawal need to stay the course. Plenty of new shows are in the pipeline, beginning on June 10.
Co-stars Richard Rawlings, Aaron Kaufman and the crew at Gas Monkey [...]

Mike Edwards Is Stocking Up On Hardware In 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013 – 7:28 | Comments Off
Mike Edwards Is Stocking Up On Hardware In 2013

Persistent rain showers and falling temperatures prompted NHRA officials to cancel qualifying Friday for the 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Eight Pro Stock cars posted elapsed times in Commerce, Ga., before rain returned to the track located northeast of Atlanta. Rickie Jones and his 2013 Chevy Camaro led those making [...]

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 [...]