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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

New-Look Course Will Greet INDY In Baltimore
Monday, Jul 30, 2012 – 17:53 | Comments Off
New-Look Course Will Greet INDY In Baltimore

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Three key alterations to the 2-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit that will host the IZOD IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Baltimore over Labor Day Weekend will be incorporated into its construction, which was scheduled to begin overnight.
The track will run through downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area with a southern loop [...]

Penalties Reshuffle Starting Order In Edmonton
Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Penalties Reshuffle Starting Order In Edmonton

Ryan Hunter-Reay’s celebration of his first IZOD IndyCar Series pole of the season was muted Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta, when INDYCAR officials served him with a 10 grid-spot penalty for an unapproved engine change.
Hunter-Reay, winner of the last three races and the series championship leader, was one of five drivers slapped with grid-spot penalties by [...]

Enders, Stealth Cobalt Ready For An Uphill Battle
Friday, Jul 20, 2012 – 7:37 | Comments Off
Enders, Stealth Cobalt Ready For An Uphill Battle

In its next life, the “stealth black” Chevrolet Cobalt Erica Enders drove into the NHRA history books likely will end up as a museum piece – perhaps fit for the Smithsonian.
But not so fast. While Enders became the first woman to win a National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock final at the O’Reilly Auto Parts [...]

Hunter-Reay, Andretti Put America Back On Top
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 – 7:26 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay, Andretti Put America Back On Top

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Not since the glory days of Sam Hornish Jr. have fans of domestic open-wheel racing seen an American driver emerge with championship credentials.
But three consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series victories have propelled Floridian Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport into the point lead with only five races remaining. And while it’s a [...]

INDYCAR Considering ‘Canadian Triple Crown’
Friday, Jul 13, 2012 – 7:46 | Comments Off
INDYCAR Considering ‘Canadian Triple Crown’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The “Black Hole/Black Eye” created in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule by loss of an ambitious street race in China might be filled next season by a third event in Canada.
In the wake of another successful running of last weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto, INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard confirmed that [...]

INDYCAR To Allow Drivers To Get Pushy This Week
Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 – 9:20 | Comments Off
INDYCAR To Allow Drivers To Get Pushy This Week

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Push-to -pass returns to the IZOD IndyCar Series with this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto, and defending event champion Dario Franchitti can’t wait to hit-the-switch on the Streets of Exhibition Place.
“It’s going to be very interesting, you know, with that push-to-pass, how much power are we actually going to get,” Franchitti [...]

Enders’ 20-Year Quest Pays Off At Route 66
Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 – 20:01 | One Comment
Enders’ 20-Year Quest Pays Off At Route 66

Erica Enders’ quest to earn respect in the male-dominated sport of drag racing was the subject of the inspirational Disney Channel movie “Right on Track,” which chronicled her rise through the ranks of the NHRA’s Jr. Drag Racing League.
Twenty years later, Enders entered a league of her own with a victory in the Pro Stock [...]

The Son-In-Law Is Rising At Turner Motorports
Friday, Jun 29, 2012 – 7:37 | Comments Off
The Son-In-Law Is Rising At Turner Motorports

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The lifetime commitment James Buescher made when he married Krishtian Turner has not guaranteed long-term job security with his NASCAR team-owner. Fellow-Texan Steve Turner not only fields the Camping World and Nationwide series vehicles Buescher is driving in 2012, he also is James’ father-in-law.
“At times, it’s very, very awkward,” Kris [...]

Alonso Is Making Payments On His New Ferrari
Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 – 15:14 | Comments Off
Alonso Is Making Payments On His New Ferrari

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fernando Alonso delivered the second return on Scuderia Ferrari’s $32-million annual investment in him on Sunday, scoring an emotional Formula One victory in the Grand Prix of Europe before his adoring countrymen in Valencia, Spain.
Alonso, who openly discounted his podium chances after qualifying 11th on Saturday, became the first repeat [...]

IndyCar Series Says It Will Go With Just 15 Races
Monday, Jun 25, 2012 – 19:49 | Comments Off
IndyCar Series Says It Will Go With Just 15 Races

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule will remain at 15 races, with the season-finale at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., to be expanded by 50-laps/100 miles to a 500-miler.
INDYCAR, the series ‘ Indianapolis-based sanctioning body, has been looking for a potential replacement event since June 13, when [...]