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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

Hunter-Reay Rules Wednesday, Says Wait ‘Til Friday
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 21:10 | No Comment
Hunter-Reay Rules Wednesday, Says Wait ‘Til Friday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ryan Hunter-Reay maintained Honda’s spot atop the speed chart at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the close of Wednesday’s practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
But Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indy 500 champion, said better talk to him after “Fast Friday” _ when he fully […]

Rain Puts Damper on Indy 500 Preparations
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 19:43 | No Comment
Rain Puts Damper on Indy 500 Preparations

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Persistent rain on Tuesday forced Verizon IndyCar Series teams to adjust their preparations for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil following cancellation of practice.
The official call to end the day came at 2:45 p.m. (ET), with no laps turned and the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor […]

May Officially Under Way As Cars Hit Bricks At IMS
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 7:24 | No Comment
May Officially Under Way As Cars Hit Bricks At IMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The importance of track time was evident during Monday’s Opening Day of practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
All 33 entered cars logged time on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, totaling 1,972 laps. The 33 cars on-track were the most for an […]

Bump Day Bumped In Indy 500 Numbers Game
Monday, May 16, 2016 – 18:10 | No Comment
Bump Day Bumped In Indy 500 Numbers Game

Scratch “Bump Day” and its inherent drama from this weekend’s qualifying schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A field of 33 drivers has been named for 33 cars entered in the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29. That’s just enough to fill the traditional 33-car field […]

Beckman Has Pole, Wants A Wally At Atlanta
Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 8:17 | Comments Off on Beckman Has Pole, Wants A Wally At Atlanta
Beckman Has Pole, Wants A Wally At Atlanta

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jack Beckman and his Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car team have made qualifying look relatively ho-hum during the early portion of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Advancing to a Sunday final-round, however, remains a major hurdle for the 2012 world champion.
Beckman and the Infinite Hero Dodge […]

Sampey Rides To Provisional Pole In Atlanta
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 8:35 | Comments Off on Sampey Rides To Provisional Pole In Atlanta
Sampey Rides To Provisional Pole In Atlanta

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The new concrete launchpad at Atlanta Dragway officially received Angelle Sampey’s stamp of approval burnout Friday evening.
A three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, Sampey rode her Precision Service Equipment/Star Racing Buell to the provisional No. 1 spot during qualifying for the 36th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.
Doug […]

IndyCar Returning To Iconic Glen
Friday, May 13, 2016 – 15:30 | Comments Off on IndyCar Returning To Iconic Glen
IndyCar Returning To Iconic Glen

 
Watkins Glen International’s historic and recently repaved 3.45-mile natural terrain road-course has been added to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-4 _ a date that figures to prove pivotal in deciding the 2016 driver’s championship.
Ending weeks of speculation, INDYCAR officials confirmed Friday the venue in New York State’s Finger Lakes […]

Pagenaud To Hit Bricks As Man Of The Moment
Friday, May 13, 2016 – 8:28 | Comments Off on Pagenaud To Hit Bricks As Man Of The Moment
Pagenaud To Hit Bricks As Man Of The Moment

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
He is the hottest Team Penske driver not named Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya or Will Power. Meet Simon Pagenaud, who is channeling his beliefs in meditation and Ayrton Senna and his unassuming self into what could become a career-defining Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pagenaud has fashioned a […]

IndyCar To Replace Boston With The Glen?
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 19:15 | One Comment
IndyCar To Replace Boston With The Glen?

Watkins Glen International’s historic and recently repaved 3.4-mile natural terrain road-course has emerged as the leading candidate to replace the cancelled Boston street race over Labor Day Weekend on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
Located in New York State’s Finger Lakes Region and an August staple on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, WGI would […]

IndyCars Test Texas To See If Aero Is On Target
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 8:31 | Comments Off on IndyCars Test Texas To See If Aero Is On Target
IndyCars Test Texas To See If Aero Is On Target

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s annual aerodynamic conundrum was addressed during a recent day-long private test at Texas Motor Speedway, where domed skid plates and rear wing beam flips were scrutinized by a near-starting field of 15 drivers representing five Verizon IndyCar Series teams.
The verdict? Per usual, depends on if […]