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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

Andretti Gang Tears Up Detroit
Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 – 10:40 | Comments Off on Andretti Gang Tears Up Detroit
Andretti Gang Tears Up Detroit

Led by Ryan Hunter-Reay, all four Andretti Autosport Hondas placed in the top-10 during Friday’s two practice sessions for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
Friday’s practices on The Raceway at Belle Isle Park’s 2.35-mile/14-turn temporary street course re-introduced the field to a concrete surface featuring constant bumps. Friday’s practices were the only sessions scheduled for the […]

Power Moves From Starting Grid To Gridiron
Friday, Jun 1, 2018 – 7:20 | Comments Off on Power Moves From Starting Grid To Gridiron
Power Moves From Starting Grid To Gridiron

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FRISCO, Texas – Everything newly crowned Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power knows about winning races traces its roots to his formative, competitive open-wheel years in Queensland, Australia.
Anything Power knows about American football is courtesy of wife Liz and her family, proud Texans who worship the ground upon which the Dallas […]

Power’s Big Day Was Followed By Sleepless Night
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – 7:35 | Comments Off on Power’s Big Day Was Followed By Sleepless Night
Power’s Big Day Was Followed By Sleepless Night

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power didn’t sleep a wink the night after he won Sunday’s 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500, and it wasn’t because he had partied-too-hearty.
“Yeah, I didn’t drink anything,” Power said Monday during the annual winner’s post-race presser at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Once I got out of here, […]

Danica Hits The Wall And Then The Road
Monday, May 28, 2018 – 14:45 | Comments Off on Danica Hits The Wall And Then The Road
Danica Hits The Wall And Then The Road

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Life after racing began for Danica Patrick with a short-and-snarky news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after she crashed out of Sunday’s 102nd Indianapolis 500, the place and the race that launched “Danicamania” 13 years ago.
Rather than come full-circle at the checkered flag on the 2.5-mile oval, Patrick’s […]

Newgarden Says He Would Love To Invade Europe
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 11:30 | Comments Off on Newgarden Says He Would Love To Invade Europe
Newgarden Says He Would Love To Invade Europe

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Josef Newgarden’s pre-race preparations for today’s Indianapolis 500 likely were interrupted by a quick look-see at the nearest TV monitor for ESPN’s live telecast of Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Team Penske’s Newgarden, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, expressed interest this week in taking his talents overseas to […]

Helio Takes Aim At No. 4
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 7:28 | Comments Off on Helio Takes Aim At No. 4
Helio Takes Aim At No. 4

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Anyone who seriously doubts that Helio Castroneves can win a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday needs to revisit the events leading up to May 27, 2001.
Seventeen years ago to the day, Castroneves won the first of his three Indy 500s with Team Penske as a one-off “ringer” […]

It’s 500 And Done For Danica
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 7:04 | Comments Off on It’s 500 And Done For Danica
It’s 500 And Done For Danica

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – She’s made her own way, Danica Patrick says with gusto in her latest TV commercial. And at the conclusion of the 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500, she will make her own way out of the venue and the event that launched “Danicamania” 13 years ago.
That will happen, […]

Barnhart, Harding Take On Open-Wheel Big Boys
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 7:43 | Comments Off on Barnhart, Harding Take On Open-Wheel Big Boys
Barnhart, Harding Take On Open-Wheel Big Boys

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Baseball fan Brian Barnhart says that in a world dominated by the big market New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and World Series champion Houston Astros, Harding Racing is the Verizon IndyCar Series equivalent of the Cincinnati Reds.
Instead of competing against the likes of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, […]

Kanaan Enjoying Life With A.J. At Indianapolis
Friday, May 25, 2018 – 17:46 | Comments Off on Kanaan Enjoying Life With A.J. At Indianapolis
Kanaan Enjoying Life With A.J. At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway traditionally is about sending messages for Sunday’s race. And with Tony Kanaan sitting atop the speed chart after the Month of May’s final practice, perhaps there is one more afternoon of magic left in the iconic career of team-owner A.J. […]

Penske Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 19:17 | Comments Off on Penske Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend
Penske  Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – On the day after his announced election into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Roger Penske was in full starched white shirt/black slacks mode as owner of the most successful organization in the history of American motorsports.
And for “The Captain,” that meant looking squarely ahead to the 102nd edition of the […]