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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

‘Magic” Speed Takes A Beating At Indianapolis
Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 8:14 | No Comment
‘Magic” Speed Takes A Beating At Indianapolis

Led by Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, six drivers cranked-out laps in excess of the magic 230 mph barrier during “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a prelude to qualifying for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pagenaud’s lap of 230.698 mph – fastest of the Month of May – was posted during the final half-hour […]

Thrills And Spills Continue In Indy 500 Practices
Friday, May 15, 2015 – 7:13 | No Comment
Thrills And Spills Continue In Indy 500 Practices

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud returned Team Penske to the headlines Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Frenchman paced the fifth practice leading into the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pagenaud’s lap of 228.793 mph was the fastest of 1,995 logged around the 2.5-mile IMS oval, where a driver crashed-and-flipped for the […]

Brittany Force Has Monster Sponsor
Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 15:20 | No Comment
Brittany Force Has Monster Sponsor

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brittany Force plans to “unleash the beast” that is her NHRA Top Fuel dragster at Atlanta Dragway this weekend, the launch  of a multi-year primary sponsorship deal with Monster Energy drink.
Force’s Top Fuel dragster will carry the Monster Energy logo and branding for the duration of the 2015 NHRA Mello […]

Castroneves’ Indy Prep Takes Huge Twist
Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 7:25 | No Comment
Castroneves’ Indy Prep Takes Huge Twist

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Less than 24 hours after sitting atop the speed chart, Helio Castroneves experienced the proverbial Day from Hell at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as practice continued for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Castroneves, a three-time Indy 500 champion, rode out a spectacular crash in Turn 1 of the 2.5-mile oval […]

Penske, Castroneves Blast Way To Top At Indy
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 10:26 | No Comment
Penske, Castroneves Blast Way To Top At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After basically taking Monday off, Team Penske came out to play at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves posted the fastest overall lap of the Month of May, as well as the best lap without a tow, during […]

Ganassi Cars Looking Good At Indy
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – 17:16 | No Comment
Ganassi Cars Looking Good At Indy

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By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
Sage Karam led a 1-2-3 sweep atop the speed chart for Chip Ganassi Racing Monday during the second day of official practice for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Thirty cars logged nearly 1,100 laps during a scheduled five-hour session shortened by an early afternoon shower. Karam posted the fastest lap around […]

Hunter-Reay Top List Of Entrants For Indy 500
Monday, May 11, 2015 – 10:41 | Comments Off on Hunter-Reay Top List Of Entrants For Indy 500
Hunter-Reay Top List Of Entrants For Indy 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay is among six former winners named to entries filed for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.
Thirty-three drivers are listed for the 34 entries released Sunday for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” with Verizon IndyCar Series practice scheduled to open Monday […]

Power Thinking Sweep After Winning On Indy Road Course
Sunday, May 10, 2015 – 16:33 | Comments Off on Power Thinking Sweep After Winning On Indy Road Course
Power Thinking Sweep After Winning On Indy Road Course

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Without apology, Will Power plans to spend the remainder of his Month of May lowering the broom on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Power’s dominating victory from pole position in the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis has placed him halfway toward an historic sweep of the fledgling road-course event […]

Power P1 In Qualifying At Indy Road Course
Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 7:51 | Comments Off on Power P1 In Qualifying At Indy Road Course
Power P1 In Qualifying At Indy Road Course

Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power extended Team Penske’s and Chevrolet’s recent domination during qualifying with a record-setting pole run Friday afternoon for the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Power toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.439-mile/14-turn road-course in 1 minute, 9.4886- seconds/126.357 mph in Firestone Fast Six qualifying to earn his second […]

Castroneves Enjoying A Very Merry Month Of May
Friday, May 8, 2015 – 9:27 | Comments Off on Castroneves Enjoying A Very Merry Month Of May
Castroneves Enjoying A Very Merry Month Of May

No Verizon IndyCar Series driver is poised to enjoy the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway more than Helio Castroneves.
Team Penske’s longest-tenured driver, Castroneves will mark his milestone 300th series start Saturday in the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road-course. But that’s only the first entry on Helio’s […]