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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

Hunter-Reay Says Chance Of Repeat Win Slim
Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 7:03 | Comments Off on Hunter-Reay Says Chance Of Repeat Win Slim
Hunter-Reay Says Chance Of Repeat Win Slim

INDIANAPOLIS – Only five drivers in the revered history of the Indianapolis 500 have won the race back-to-back. Realistically, reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay isn’t wild about his chance of becoming No. 6 Sunday during the 99th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
“I think it will be extremely hard this year,” said Hunter-Reay, who outbattled […]

Graham Rahal Is Thinking America First At Indy
Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 19:05 | Comments Off on Graham Rahal Is Thinking America First At Indy
Graham Rahal Is Thinking America First At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Auditions for the USA’s next star Indy car driver will continue Sunday during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, and all-American boy Graham Rahal figures…why not me?
One year after Ryan Hunter-Reay emotionally wrapped himself in the flag as winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Verizon […]

Power Shows Power In Carb Day
Friday, May 22, 2015 – 19:46 | Comments Off on Power Shows Power In Carb Day
Power Shows Power In Carb Day

INDIANAPOLIS _ Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and Team Penske delivered a couple Friday during the last on-track activity before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power, who will start Sunday’s race from the middle of the three-car front row, topped the speed chart […]

Indy 500 Notes: Briscoe’s Holiday Weekend Plans Massively Overhauled
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 20:41 | Comments Off on Indy 500 Notes: Briscoe’s Holiday Weekend Plans Massively Overhauled
Indy 500 Notes: Briscoe’s Holiday Weekend Plans Massively Overhauled

John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Briscoe was planning to spend Memorial Day Weekend with the family back home in Connecticut “doing my everyday stuff.”
Briscoe’s mow-the-lawn plans took a dramatic turn on Monday, when James Hinchcliffe suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash during practice for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. Briscoe, pole-sitter […]

Hinchcliffe May Owe Life To INDYCAR Safety Team
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – 8:48 | Comments Off on Hinchcliffe May Owe Life To INDYCAR Safety Team
Hinchcliffe May Owe Life To INDYCAR Safety Team

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe survived “Code 5” life-threatening bleeding injuries in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Monday thanks primarily to the flawless on-site work of INDYCAR’s Holmatro Safety Team.
Hinchcliffe was taken by ambulance to the IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he underwent successful surgery to his […]

Mechanical Failure Caused Hinchcliffe Crash
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 6:42 | Comments Off on Mechanical Failure Caused Hinchcliffe Crash
Mechanical Failure Caused Hinchcliffe Crash

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The crash that sent Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe to an Indianapolis hospital Monday was triggered by a broken right front suspension piece on his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.
A Honda spokesperson cited the broken part in the Daily Trackside Report issued several hours after Hinchcliffe, a 28-year-old native of […]

Hinchcliffe Crashes Out of 2015 Indy 500
Monday, May 18, 2015 – 17:02 | Comments Off on Hinchcliffe Crashes Out of 2015 Indy 500
Hinchcliffe Crashes Out of 2015 Indy 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe has crashed-out of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
Hinchcliffe was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital for an injury to his left upper thigh Monday afternoon, according to a report from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR medical director for the series.
Hinchcliffe underwent surgery and was transferred to the […]

‘Magic” Speed Takes A Beating At Indianapolis
Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 8:14 | Comments Off on ‘Magic” Speed Takes A Beating At Indianapolis
‘Magic” Speed Takes A Beating At Indianapolis

Led by Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, six drivers cranked-out laps in excess of the magic 230 mph barrier during “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a prelude to qualifying for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pagenaud’s lap of 230.698 mph – fastest of the Month of May – was posted during the final half-hour […]

Thrills And Spills Continue In Indy 500 Practices
Friday, May 15, 2015 – 7:13 | Comments Off on Thrills And Spills Continue In Indy 500 Practices
Thrills And Spills Continue In Indy 500 Practices

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud returned Team Penske to the headlines Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Frenchman paced the fifth practice leading into the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pagenaud’s lap of 228.793 mph was the fastest of 1,995 logged around the 2.5-mile IMS oval, where a driver crashed-and-flipped for the […]

Brittany Force Has Monster Sponsor
Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 15:20 | Comments Off on Brittany Force Has Monster Sponsor
Brittany Force Has Monster Sponsor

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brittany Force plans to “unleash the beast” that is her NHRA Top Fuel dragster at Atlanta Dragway this weekend, the launch  of a multi-year primary sponsorship deal with Monster Energy drink.
Force’s Top Fuel dragster will carry the Monster Energy logo and branding for the duration of the 2015 NHRA Mello […]