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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

Night Time Not Right Time For Corvettes
Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 – 6:23 | Comments Off
Night Time Not Right Time For Corvettes

While Audi Sport Team Joest appeared headed to victory with one of its ground-pounding R-18 E-tron Quattro Hybrid Prototypes, Corvette Racing was forced to rally through a long night and difficult morning in the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Through 18 hours, the No. 73 and No. 74 Compuware Corvette C6.Rs were [...]

Speeds Prompt Changes At ‘New’ Michigan
Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 – 6:43 | Comments Off
Speeds Prompt Changes At ‘New’ Michigan

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Practice speeds topping 200 mph produced instances of blistering tires at the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway Friday, prompting The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to change its left-side tire recommendation for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The decision was announced late Friday evening after several teams [...]

Texas Turns Down INDYCAR
Friday, Jun 15, 2012 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Texas Turns Down INDYCAR

FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has declined an invitation from INDYCAR officials to host the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series finale in Fort Worth.
The opportunity arose Wednesday following cancellation of an IndyCar race scheduled for Aug. 19 in Qingdao, China, which left the sanctioning body and Randy Bernard, INDYCAR president/CEO, seeking [...]

F1 Race Director Gives Austin Track Site The Once-Over
Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 – 8:13 | Comments Off
F1 Race Director Gives Austin Track Site The Once-Over

With his formal, pre-race inspection still three months away, FIA Formula One™ Race Director Charlie Whiting has given Circuit of The America’s 3.4-mile road-course a preliminary passing grade as preparations continue for the inaugural United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Whiting heads F1’s Technical Department and manages the logistics of each grand prix. His [...]

Q & A: Foyt Discusses All Things IndyCar
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 – 9:17 | 4 Comments
Q & A: Foyt Discusses All Things IndyCar

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – One of his many hired drivers, Eddie Cheever Jr., perhaps said it most eloquently about the man, the myth, the legend that is Super Tex: “If A.J. Foyt didn’t exist, we would have to invent him.”
An open-wheel staple for over 50 years, Foyt’s legacy is linked [...]

Gronholm Leaves Texas With X Amount Of Momentum
Monday, Jun 11, 2012 – 7:27 | Comments Off
Gronholm Leaves Texas With X Amount Of Momentum

FORT WORTH, Texas – It’s on to the X-Games with a bang and a some back therapy for Marcus Gronholm and Tanner Foust, following their 1-2 finish in the inaugural Global Rallycross Championship Hoon Kaboom Texas at Texas Motor Speedway.
Gronholm, winner of the series opener at sister track Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago, was [...]

Mario Andretti To Be Mr. Ambassador
Sunday, Jun 10, 2012 – 12:23 | Comments Off
Mario Andretti To Be Mr. Ambassador

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Motorsports icon Mario Andretti, one of only two Americans to reign as Formula One World Driving Champion, has been appointed “official Circuit ambassador” for Circuit of The Americas, the sports and entertainment complex under construction in Austin, Texas.
Andretti will work with COTA officials to promote awareness of Formula 1™ in [...]

Tagliani, Aero Revisions Are Big Texas Stories
Friday, Jun 8, 2012 – 18:39 | Comments Off
Tagliani, Aero Revisions Are Big Texas Stories

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s search for the perfect aero sweet spot at Texas Motor Speedway continued after qualifying for the Firestone 550k late Friday afternoon, when the sanctioning body tweaked its aero package for the 1.5-mile quadoval for a third time.
Will Phillips, INDYCAR’s vice president of technology, confirmed that [...]

TMS Girds Itself For Attack Of The Killer Cars
Friday, Jun 8, 2012 – 7:16 | One Comment
TMS Girds Itself For Attack Of The Killer Cars

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tanner Foust’s relationship with his Global Rallycross Championship Ford Fiesta is a car-guy’s definition of love/hate.
“The cars are amazing performers,” said Foust, one of America’s most recognizable action sports stars. “They’re basically 2-liter, turbocharged engines that make about 600 horsepower with a restrictor. They’re all-wheel drive, go 0-to-60 in 1.9-seconds. They’re [...]

Racer Says Belle Isle Was A Ringing Success
Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 – 10:37 | Comments Off
Racer Says Belle Isle Was A Ringing Success

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Businessman/racer Don Istook says the negative buzz created by the track breakup and lengthy red flag stoppage at Detroit’s Belle Isle during Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series event shouldn’t be the lasting image of racing’s return to the Motor City.
“As a participant at the venue, I thought [...]