Home » Archive by Author

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

100 Reasons It’s The Greatest Spectacle In Racing
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 14:18 | Comments Off on 100 Reasons It’s The Greatest Spectacle In Racing
100 Reasons It’s The Greatest Spectacle In Racing

By John Sturbin Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS _ The first book I ever took out of the public library in my hometown was a history of the Indianapolis 500. And one of these days, I might bring it back.
Surely, the statute of limitations has expired.
Growing up in an era when the Indy 500 was available on Race […]

Indy 500 Winner Rossi Toasted By His Sport
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 6:59 | Comments Off on Indy 500 Winner Rossi Toasted By His Sport
Indy 500 Winner Rossi Toasted By His Sport

INDIANAPOLIS _ The winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 politely answers to either Alex or Alexander, is a gym rat, skips breakfast and doesn’t watch much TV.
Those were some of the probing questions Alexander Rossi fielded Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the morning after his stunning victory in Sunday’s centennial edition […]

Jilted In F1, Rossi Drives To P1 At Indianapolis
Monday, May 30, 2016 – 7:58 | Comments Off on Jilted In F1, Rossi Drives To P1 At Indianapolis
Jilted In F1, Rossi Drives To P1 At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Andretti says he knew exactly what he was getting when he added Alexander Rossi to his Verizon IndyCar Series driver lineup during the winter offseason.
“He was our hot, young American prospect to be in Formula One. He finally achieved his goal last year, which was awesome,” Andretti […]

Race Day Notes: A.J. Returns To 500’s Starting Grid
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Race Day Notes: A.J. Returns To 500’s Starting Grid
Race Day Notes: A.J. Returns To 500’s Starting Grid

INDIANAPOLIS – Hide the computers and wrenches along pit road. Open-wheel icon A.J. Foyt Jr. is returning to the grid for the start of Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Foyt, 81, began the Month of May with this lament: “Wish I was still driving, but I don’t know if I could pass the physical.”
Not […]

Rossi Will Have Better Seat For This 500
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 7:33 | Comments Off on Rossi Will Have Better Seat For This 500
Rossi Will Have Better Seat For This 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS _ In pursuit of a career in Formula One, Californian Alexander Rossi spent last Memorial Day Weekend in Monaco…watching the Indianapolis 500 on TV. It doesn’t get much more red-blooded American than that.
“Yes. There’s a place called Stars ‘n Bars – pretty good. Lots of burgers and video games […]

Carb Day Notes: Kanaan Heads Into Weekend As A Contender
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 8:31 | Comments Off on Carb Day Notes: Kanaan Heads Into Weekend As A Contender
Carb Day Notes: Kanaan Heads Into Weekend As A Contender

INDIANAPOLIS – Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, so let the words of 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan sink-in and serve as a warning heading into Sunday’s historic 100th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
“You know, anybody count us out (for victory on Sunday), it’s a big mistake,” Kanaan […]

Bobby Rahal Has Bittersweet Memories Of ’86 Win
Friday, May 27, 2016 – 11:59 | Comments Off on Bobby Rahal Has Bittersweet Memories Of ’86 Win
Bobby Rahal Has Bittersweet Memories Of ’86 Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Thirty years ago, the winning driver of the Indianapolis 500 was interviewed in a small room underneath the old cement-block grandstands at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just this side of the intersection leading into Gasoline Alley.
A simple table served as the dais for the winner and his car-owner and […]

Newgarden Blossoms In Race Day Conditions
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 7:07 | Comments Off on Newgarden Blossoms In Race Day Conditions
Newgarden Blossoms In Race Day Conditions

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Josef Newgarden’s Pole Day pity party officially reached closing time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Monday afternoon, when the rising American open-wheel star paced practice in conditions expected to mimic Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
All 33 entries turned laps around the 2.5-mile IMS oval during a 3.5-hour session scheduled […]

Schmidt Peterson A Big Story In The Making
Monday, May 23, 2016 – 10:57 | Comments Off on Schmidt Peterson A Big Story In The Making
Schmidt Peterson A Big Story In The Making

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Inspiration, otherwise known as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, ruled Pole Day qualifications at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday as the starting field was set for the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
James Hinchcliffe, who nearly lost his life on the 2.5-mile IMS oval one year ago in a crash […]

Hinchtown Could Become Party City
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 9:05 | Comments Off on Hinchtown Could Become Party City
Hinchtown Could Become Party City

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
James Hinchcliffe’s inspiring journey from pain-to-recovery at Indianapolis Motor Speedway took him to the top of the qualifying chart for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Saturday evening, one year after the Canadian suffered “Code 5” life-threatening bleeding injuries in a grinder-of-a-crash on the 2.5-mile oval.
Hinchcliffe bolted to P1 […]