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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

Carpenter Building Good Things On/Off Track
Friday, Jun 8, 2018 – 14:11 | No Comment
Carpenter Building Good Things On/Off Track

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Up every day at 6 a.m. and off to bed by 10 p.m. In between, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ only owner/driver has figured out a formula for mixing fast cars with an energetic family.
“Time management is crucial,” said Ed Carpenter, namesake of the Indianapolis-based organization […]

Storms Take Chunk Out Of TMS Trucks Day
Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 – 20:32 | No Comment
Storms Take Chunk Out Of TMS Trucks Day

FORT WORTH, Texas – Final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ PPG 400 at Texas Motor Speedway was cancelled Thursday afternoon after rain drenched the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Personnel in attendance around the 1.5-mile oval were warned to take cover in permanent structures as a strong cell entered North Texas from Oklahoma.
Only two practices […]

Penske’s Pagenaud Flying High In Visit To Texas
Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 – 7:15 | No Comment
Penske’s Pagenaud Flying High In Visit To Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
PLANO, Texas – It’s not an exaggeration to say Simon Pagenaud’s visit with employees of DXC  Technology here Wednesday afternoon droned on and on and on…and then the Team Penske ace actually got to fly one.
On-track activity for the Verizon IndyCar Series DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in […]

Hunter-Reay Made Big Splash With Detroit Victory
Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018 – 11:29 | Comments Off on Hunter-Reay Made Big Splash With Detroit Victory
Hunter-Reay Made Big Splash With Detroit Victory

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fulfilling a “frigging” promise made Saturday to a local news crew, Ryan Hunter-Reay cooled his heels after winning Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix by taking a dip in the refurbished James Scott Memorial Fountain at Belle Isle Park.
“I bet there haven’t been many people in there,” Hunter-Reay […]

Pace Car Crash Caps Off Bleak Weekend For GM
Monday, Jun 4, 2018 – 16:49 | Comments Off on Pace Car Crash Caps Off Bleak Weekend For GM
Pace Car Crash Caps Off Bleak Weekend For GM

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
“Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” has been an OEM catch-phrase in Detroit since the mid-1960s when it was coined by Henry Ford II _ “The Deuce” _ during the heyday of the Ford Total Performance racing program.
Which makes me wonder how much grief General Motors executive Mark Reuss is […]

Coughlin Powers His Way Back To Victory Lane
Monday, Jun 4, 2018 – 8:10 | Comments Off on Coughlin Powers His Way Back To Victory Lane
Coughlin Powers His Way Back To Victory Lane

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jeg Coughlin Jr. snapped a four-year Pro Stock winless streak Sunday with a win over Greg Anderson in an all-world champion final of the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill.
A five-time world champion, Coughlin posted his 59th career victory and first since 2014 by covering the […]

Andretti Gang Tears Up Detroit
Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 – 10:40 | Comments Off on Andretti Gang Tears Up Detroit
Andretti Gang Tears Up Detroit

Led by Ryan Hunter-Reay, all four Andretti Autosport Hondas placed in the top-10 during Friday’s two practice sessions for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
Friday’s practices on The Raceway at Belle Isle Park’s 2.35-mile/14-turn temporary street course re-introduced the field to a concrete surface featuring constant bumps. Friday’s practices were the only sessions scheduled for the […]

Power Moves From Starting Grid To Gridiron
Friday, Jun 1, 2018 – 7:20 | Comments Off on Power Moves From Starting Grid To Gridiron
Power Moves From Starting Grid To Gridiron

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FRISCO, Texas – Everything newly crowned Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power knows about winning races traces its roots to his formative, competitive open-wheel years in Queensland, Australia.
Anything Power knows about American football is courtesy of wife Liz and her family, proud Texans who worship the ground upon which the Dallas […]

Power’s Big Day Was Followed By Sleepless Night
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – 7:35 | Comments Off on Power’s Big Day Was Followed By Sleepless Night
Power’s Big Day Was Followed By Sleepless Night

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power didn’t sleep a wink the night after he won Sunday’s 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500, and it wasn’t because he had partied-too-hearty.
“Yeah, I didn’t drink anything,” Power said Monday during the annual winner’s post-race presser at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Once I got out of here, […]

Danica Hits The Wall And Then The Road
Monday, May 28, 2018 – 14:45 | Comments Off on Danica Hits The Wall And Then The Road
Danica Hits The Wall And Then The Road

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Life after racing began for Danica Patrick with a short-and-snarky news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after she crashed out of Sunday’s 102nd Indianapolis 500, the place and the race that launched “Danicamania” 13 years ago.
Rather than come full-circle at the checkered flag on the 2.5-mile oval, Patrick’s […]