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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

Howard Having Happy Return To ‘Magical’ Indy
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Howard Having Happy Return To ‘Magical’ Indy
Howard Having Happy Return To ‘Magical’ Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Even Verizon IndyCar Series devotees can be excused today if they need a refresher course on the life and times of Jay Howard.
Absent from Indy car racing for six years, Howard emerged atop the speed chart after Thursday’s fourth day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500.
Driver of the No. […]

Practice Action Slows Down At Windy Indy
Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 8:25 | Comments Off on Practice Action Slows Down At Windy Indy
Practice Action Slows Down At Windy Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Any way the wind blows really does matter to drivers hot-lapping at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Strong, gusting winds limited Wednesday’s third day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500, as a number of competitors persevered to log fact-finding laps.
Verizon IndyCar Series team-owner/driver Ed Carpenter posted the fastest lap of the combined […]

Penske Drivers Bounce Back At Indy Practice
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Penske Drivers Bounce Back At Indy Practice
Penske Drivers Bounce Back At Indy Practice

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
That didn’t take long. One day after Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport paced opening practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, Team Penske returned to familiar territory atop the speed chart.
Will Power and Helio Castroneves of team-owner Roger Penske’s juggernaut stood 1-2 at the close of Tuesday’s six-hour […]

Andretti In Spotlight As 500 Practice Begins
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 7:49 | Comments Off on Andretti In Spotlight As 500 Practice Begins
Andretti In Spotlight As 500 Practice Begins

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marco Andretti momentarily did the impossible for this Month of May_ upstage new teammate Fernando Alonso _ by posting the fastest speed during Monday’s opening practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Driver of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda, Andretti set […]

Bump Day Bumped As 33 Enter The 500
Monday, May 15, 2017 – 9:21 | Comments Off on Bump Day Bumped As 33 Enter The 500
Bump Day Bumped As 33 Enter The 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scratch “Bump Day” and its inherent drama from this weekend’s qualifying schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
For the second consecutive Month of May, a field of 33 drivers has been named for 33 cars entered in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. That’s just […]

Schmidt, Mario To Square Off At Indianapolis
Friday, May 12, 2017 – 16:31 | Comments Off on Schmidt, Mario To Square Off At Indianapolis
Schmidt, Mario To Square Off At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its list of automobile industry innovations Saturday, when Mario Andretti and Sam Schmidt square-off in the first race featuring two semi-autonomous cars.
Schmidt, co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and Andretti, the 1969 Indianapolis 500 champion, are scheduled to compete before the […]

The Teen Beat At Haas F1 Team Goes On.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – 17:04 | Comments Off on The Teen Beat At Haas F1 Team Goes On.
The Teen Beat At Haas F1 Team Goes On.

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team has expanded its “kiddie corps” driver development program, pairing Indian teenager Arjun Maini alongside fellow-teen Santino Ferrucci of the United States.
Maini, 19, is competing in the GP3 Series for Jenzer Motorsport after running 14 of 18 GP3 Series races in 2016. Despite missing the first four races, […]

Young Yank Back At Great Gig With Haas F1
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – 7:13 | 2 Comments
Young Yank Back At Great Gig With Haas F1

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The American teenager with the all-Italian name will continue to chase his Formula One dream with Haas F1 Team during 2017.
Santino Ferrucci has been re-signed as a Haas F1 Team development driver while simultaneously competing in his second fulltime season in the GP3 Series for DAMS.
Ferrucci, 18, joined Haas F1 […]

Hamilton Getting Pressure From All Sides
Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 13:18 | Comments Off on Hamilton Getting Pressure From All Sides
Hamilton Getting Pressure From All Sides

Lewis Hamilton’s life at the speed of Formula One added another layer of intrigue last Sunday when Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas scored his breakthrough victory in the VTB Russian Grand Prix.
Already dealing with a rejuvenated Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari _ winner of two of the season’s first four FIA Formula One World Championship […]

Alonso: So Far, So Good At Indianapolis
Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Alonso: So Far, So Good At Indianapolis
Alonso: So Far, So Good At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fernando Alonso aced the Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the span of 51 laps Wednesday, the first step in his bid to qualify and compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 later this month.
“He gets it,” Andretti Autosport team-owner Michael Andretti said of Alonso, his […]