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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

Pagenaud Proves Super On A Speedway
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 – 9:46 | 2 Comments
Pagenaud Proves Super On A Speedway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud officially became an ovalmeister Friday when the Frenchman earned his first Indy car pole on an oval – and first with Team Penske – during qualifications for the MAVTV 500.
Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet, posted a two-lap average speed of 218.952 mph around […]

Red Book Should Be Read Book By P-Car Owners
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 – 7:05 | Comments Off on Red Book Should Be Read Book By P-Car Owners
Red Book Should Be Read Book By P-Car Owners

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Porschephiles everywhere are celebrating a return to normalcy, otherwise known as the marque’s record-extending 17th overall victory in the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
You won’t find any mention of the race-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid shared by Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy at the Circuit […]

Qualifying Crash Forces Key Corvette To Withdraw At Le Mans
Friday, Jun 12, 2015 – 8:42 | Comments Off on Qualifying Crash Forces Key Corvette To Withdraw At Le Mans
Qualifying Crash Forces Key Corvette To Withdraw At Le Mans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Disaster struck Corvette Racing’s bid for an eighth class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Thursday evening, when Jan Magnussen’s crash during the first of two qualifying sessions forced the team to withdraw the No. 63 C7.R.
The team officially reported that “a mechanical issue” resulted in Magnussen losing […]

Ryan Briscoe Bolts On Fenders, Hits The Roads At Le Mans
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 – 16:54 | Comments Off on Ryan Briscoe Bolts On Fenders, Hits The Roads At Le Mans
Ryan Briscoe Bolts On Fenders, Hits The Roads At Le Mans

After two stints as super-substitute in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Ryan Briscoe is racing with fenders this weekend in the world’s premier endurance sports car race.
Briscoe has rejoined Corvette Racing regulars Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 63 C7.R for the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Saturday and Sunday. […]

Hinchcliffe Talks About Injury And Recovery
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 – 17:50 | Comments Off on Hinchcliffe Talks About Injury And Recovery
Hinchcliffe Talks About Injury And Recovery

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe began putting his pants on by himself over the weekend, and he now is strong enough to take between 2,400 to 4,000 steps a day.
Clearly, the popular 28-year-old Toronto native’s road to recovery from life-threatening injuries sustained in a crash during practice at Indianapolis […]

Updated Aero Puts On A Good Show In Texas
Sunday, Jun 7, 2015 – 9:52 | Comments Off on Updated Aero Puts On A Good Show In Texas
Updated Aero Puts On A Good Show In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Scott Dixon put his stamp of approval on INDYCAR’s now-annual aerodynamic experiment at Texas Motor Speedway in Victory Lane Saturday night, after a Firestone 600 that was fast and curious.
With driver safety and the ever-present “quality of racing” issue hanging over the 23-car Verizon IndyCar Series field, Dixon emerged victorious after […]

Power On Pole In Texas
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 – 18:06 | Comments Off on Power On Pole In Texas
Power On Pole In Texas

 
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Will Power will start tonight’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from P1, arguably the safest seat for a race that will be defined by downforce, drag and tire degradation.
But who knows? Figuring out the key to that engineering exercise continued during the Verizon IndyCar Series’ final half-hour practice Friday evening […]

Crafton Looking For More Intermediate Success
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 – 7:04 | Comments Off on Crafton Looking For More Intermediate Success
Crafton Looking For More Intermediate Success

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Crafton has returned to Texas Motor Speedway aiming to put a slide job on the field competing in Friday night’s WinStar World Casino and Resort 400.
The two-time/reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Crafton won last June’s night race on TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval on fuel mileage. That’s also the […]

INDYCAR Hands Castroneves Fourth Place
Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 – 19:56 | Comments Off on INDYCAR Hands Castroneves Fourth Place
INDYCAR Hands Castroneves Fourth Place

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Helio Castroneves has leapfrogged Graham Rahal in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings without turning a wheel in anger.
Next up on the Brazilian’s to-do list – his own street at Texas Motor Speedway.
INDYCAR announced a reduction in the penalty assessed to Castroneves following the second annual […]

INDYCAR Rolls Out More Aero Changes For TMS
Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 – 9:23 | Comments Off on INDYCAR Rolls Out More Aero Changes For TMS
INDYCAR Rolls Out More Aero Changes For TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Safety modifications to INDYCAR’s new superspeedway aero kits continued Tuesday, when the sanctioning body announced it will implement the use of closure panels to the rear wheel guards of both Chevrolet and Honda packages beginning this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
The rival manufacturers each have developed […]