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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

Barrichello Gets The Runaround At Texas Test
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Barrichello Gets The Runaround At Texas Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rubens Barrichello says he spent the night before his first hot laps around Texas Motor Speedway “ovaling in my dreams,” which is not a requirement for passing the IZOD IndyCar Series rookie test.
The most experienced driver in Formula One history, Barrichello exited pit road and took [...]

Test Eases Downforce – And Concerns – At Texas
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – 12:33 | Comments Off
Test Eases Downforce – And Concerns – At Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – A revised aerodynamic package with less downforce has emerged from “a range of options” available to IZOD IndyCar Series teams hot-lapping during an Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway, momentarily easing concerns over pack racing on INDYCAR’s lone remaining 1.5-mile oval.
Monday’s 6.5-hours of track time produced 1,172 incident-free laps with the [...]

Kyle Petty’s Charity Ride Ends In Victory – Again
Monday, May 7, 2012 – 17:26 | One Comment
Kyle Petty’s Charity Ride Ends In Victory – Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Moments after the last V-Twin engine went silent, handshakes, high-fives and hugs marked the end of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America at Texas Motor Speedway.
“The worst part is it ends,” said Eddie Gossage, TMS president and a participant in all but one of the [...]

Bernstein, Childress, Force: International Heroes
Friday, May 4, 2012 – 7:50 | 3 Comments
Bernstein, Childress, Force: International Heroes

NHRA legends Kenny Bernstein and John Force and NASCAR team-owner Richard Childress were dressed to impress for their inductions into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Thursday evening at the Speed Channel Dome adjacent to Talladega Superspeedway.
And for Childress, the black-tie ceremony was a lifetime removed from his first wide-eyed tour of the
sprawling Alabama facility.
“In [...]

IndyCar Series To Hold Critical Test At Texas
Thursday, May 3, 2012 – 7:52 | Comments Off
IndyCar Series To Hold Critical Test At Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Championship leader Will Power and oval-track rookie Rubens Barrichello headline IZOD IndyCar Series drivers scheduled to participate in a critical Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday, May 7.
Originally scheduled for mid-March, the split morning/afternoon sessions in Fort Worth featuring Power, Barrichello and four-time/reigning series champion Dario Franchitti testing [...]

INDYCAR Rules Against GM
Friday, Apr 27, 2012 – 6:55 | Comments Off
INDYCAR Rules Against GM

INDYCAR’s decision to permit a modification to the turbocharger on Honda-powered V-6 engines in the IZOD IndyCar Series was upheld by a three-member committee Thursday night, denying a protest filed by General Motors.
Honda-powered teams will be allowed to change compressor covers on all of its 2.2-liter, single-turbo engines beginning with this weekend’s Itaipava São Paulo [...]

Jourdain Returns To Indy After 16-Year Hiatus
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Jourdain Returns To Indy After 16-Year Hiatus

When Michel Jourdain Jr. begins “scraping off the rust” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month, he might need a sandblaster.
Sixteen years after competing in his first Indianapolis 500, Jourdain will attempt to qualify for the 96th edition of the race on May 27 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Team co-owner Bobby Rahal, the 1986 [...]

Vettel, Red Bull Return To Top
Monday, Apr 23, 2012 – 7:33 | Comments Off
Vettel, Red Bull Return To Top

Order was restored in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship at an unlikely venue Sunday, when Sebastian Vettel turned his first pole of the season into his first victory of 2012 in the politically troubled Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
Vettel, the two-time/reigning World Driving Champion for Red Bull Racing/Renault, held off a late-race charge by [...]

Red Bull’s Vettel On F1 Pole In Troubled Bahrain
Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 – 15:44 | Comments Off

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Two-time World Driving Champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing broke out of a puzzling mini-slump Saturday, qualifying on-pole for the politically troubled Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir.
Vettel, who set a record with 15 poles during the 2011 FIA Formula 1 season, earned his first pole for the [...]

Entry List For Indy 500 Loaded With Good Stories
Friday, Apr 20, 2012 – 10:34 | One Comment
Entry List For Indy 500 Loaded With Good Stories

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Three former winners and seven rookies – including Indiana boy Bryan Clauson living his “surreal dream” – bracket the list of drivers named to 34 entries filed for the 2012 Indianapolis 500.
The 96th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis [...]