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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

McLaren/Mercedes Rules The Front Row At Aussie Grand Prix
Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 – 7:58 | Comments Off

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
McLaren/Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button fired the opening salvos of the 2012 FIA Formula One season Saturday, when the former World Driving Champions swept the front row during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Hamilton, the 2008 World Champion, was the lone driver to break the 1-minute, [...]

New Cars Getting Good Reviews From Drivers
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 – 12:55 | Comments Off
New Cars Getting Good Reviews From Drivers

Graham Rahal says the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Open Test at Sebring international Raceway has confirmed there are more sweet-than-weak spots in the revolutionary Dallara DW12 chassis.
“It’s a good chassis,” said Rahal, among series regulars who tested on the bumpy 1.67-mile, 11-turn circuit last week. “When the car first came out there was a lot of [...]

‘King Of Speed’ Remembers THE 300 mph Run
Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 – 8:53 | Comments Off
‘King Of Speed’ Remembers THE 300 mph Run

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On the day he officially became “The King of Speed,” Kenny Bernstein arrived at the racetrack armed with a work ethic that traces to his family’s West Texas roots.
Always give the customer more than he pays for – that was the mantra preached to Kenny by his father, Bert, as [...]

Smack-Immune Krawiec Is Ready To Defend
Friday, Mar 9, 2012 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Smack-Immune Krawiec Is Ready To Defend

John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Not all the noise emanating from the NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle pits in 2011 was engine-related. En route to his second world championship, Eddie Krawiec bowed-up and figured out how to turn the smack talk regularly served by Hector Arana Jr. and Jerry Savoie, among others, to his advantage.
“That motivates me,” [...]

Texas’ Gossage Reacts To ‘Threat’ From Drivers
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 – 8:17 | 2 Comments
Texas’ Gossage Reacts To ‘Threat’ From Drivers

FORT WORTH, Texas – Eddie Gossage has termed the buzz about a possible boycott by IZOD IndyCar Series drivers after a recent test at Texas Motor Speedway as “a threat” that could have been avoided.
“If you have an issue, pick up the phone and call,” Gossage, TMS’ president and promoter, said during the track’s annual [...]

IndyCar Moves Test, Angers TMS President
Friday, Mar 2, 2012 – 20:08 | Comments Off
IndyCar Moves Test, Angers TMS President

By John Sturbin  | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – IZOD IndyCar Series officials have rescheduled a critical oval Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway from mid-March to May 7.
“With our teams in the midst of preparations for the first four road/street events of the season, it is more beneficial to move the oval Open Test [...]

Barrichello Feeling Super About New Job At KVRT
Friday, Mar 2, 2012 – 10:46 | Comments Off
Barrichello Feeling Super About New Job At KVRT

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Thanks to some bi-lingual doubletalk by his Brazilian “brother,” Rubens Barrichello has found a new home in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
A 19-year veteran of Formula 1, Barrichello was introduced in Indianapolis Thursday as 2012 teammate to Kanaan and E.J. Viso at KV Racing Technology, the organization co-owned by former CART [...]

Could Fun 500 Lead To More Prime Time Racing?
Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 – 10:23 | One Comment
Could Fun 500 Lead To More Prime Time Racing?

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – Fast as he is, Matt Kenseth hasn’t had time to sit back and review his victory in NASCAR’s rain-delayed and incident-marred Daytona 500. But the overnight TV numbers have stamped the 54th edition of “The Great American Race” as “boffo!”
Kenseth’s dramatic win over Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a [...]

Texas IndyCar Test Sparks Rumors
Monday, Feb 27, 2012 – 15:49 | One Comment
Texas IndyCar Test Sparks Rumors

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Testing of the IZOD IndyCar Series’ new Dallara DW12 chassis at Texas Motor Speedway has re-ignited long-standing concerns over the inherent dangers of pack racing.
And while rumors of a possible boycott by series drivers created buzz on several websites, former champion Tony Kanaan said he is confident team engineers and [...]

Rookie Mistake Leads To Rookie Victory At DIS
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 – 8:48 | One Comment
Rookie Mistake Leads To Rookie Victory At DIS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Staring at the prospect of a third green/white/checkered flag restart Friday night, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie John King’s thoughts wandered to his post-race apology to Johnny Sauter.
Contact between King and Sauter during the second GWC laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway sent the latter crashing into the [...]