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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

STURBIN: Stewart From Hall of Fame To Wall And Shame
Friday, Apr 13, 2012 – 19:07 | Comments Off
STURBIN: Stewart From Hall of Fame To Wall And Shame

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart reluctantly donned his boxing-inspired red velvet “Smoke” robe one last time Thursday night at Texas Motor Speedway, where he was honored as the track’s Racer of the Year for 2011.
And on Friday afternoon, Stewart donned a dunce cap after scraping the wall during [...]

Busch Brothers Have New Owner, Driver At TMS
Friday, Apr 13, 2012 – 17:01 | Comments Off
Busch Brothers Have New Owner, Driver At TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – In what might prove to be a landmark case study in sibling anger management, NASCAR’s Busch Brothers are collaborating as owner/driver for Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch will make his series debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 54 Monster [...]

Team Will Get Very Special Help In Long Beach
Friday, Apr 13, 2012 – 8:24 | Comments Off
Team Will Get Very Special Help In Long Beach

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – He won’t turn a lap in brother-in-law Don Istook’s white-hot Audi TT RS this weekend, but race day can’t come soon enough for Mark Hiett.
“He’s had his bag packed since last Saturday, and to be truthful, he’s about to drive me crazy,” Laurie Istook said of [...]

Chevy ‘Issue’ Heats Up Long Beach Paddock
Friday, Apr 13, 2012 – 7:16 | Comments Off
Chevy ‘Issue’ Heats Up Long Beach Paddock

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Chevrolet Racing and team personnel spent a busy afternoon spinning wrenches in the IZOD IndyCar Series paddock in Southern California on Thursday, methodically trading-out all 11 V-6 engines in cars entered for Sunday’s 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The decision was made following the tear-down and inspection of [...]

INDYCAR Revises Pit Road, Lapped Car Rules
Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 – 7:13 | 2 Comments
INDYCAR Revises Pit Road, Lapped Car Rules

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rules revisions relevant to pit road and lapped traffic during IZOD IndyCar Series road and street-course races will go into effect beginning with Sunday’s 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Beaux Barfield, INDYCAR president of competition, announced Monday that pit road will be open from the outset of non-emergency full-course [...]

Progress Is ‘Slow’ During New-Car Test At Indy
Friday, Apr 6, 2012 – 7:33 | Comments Off
Progress Is ‘Slow’ During New-Car Test At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Former Indianapolis 500 champion Scott Dixon says target lap speeds in the 225 mile per hour range with the IZOD IndyCar Series’ new chassis/engine package aren’t necessarily a lock for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” next month – nor should they be.
“I think you got to stick to the important [...]

John Sturbin: Capps Forced To The Sidelines In Las Vegas
Sunday, Apr 1, 2012 – 9:14 | Comments Off
John Sturbin: Capps Forced To The Sidelines In Las Vegas

Ron Capps and the Don Schumacher Racing braintrust ran out of “NAPA Know-How” Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the veteran Funny Car driver will spend today as a spectator for the 13th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.
A serious case of tire shake prevented Capps from qualifying for Sunday’s eliminations for the [...]

New Camaro Makes Its NHRA Debut In Las Vegas
Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 – 6:57 | Comments Off
New Camaro Makes Its NHRA Debut In Las Vegas

Greg Stanfield ushered-in the new Chevrolet Camaro era in National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock drag racing Friday during qualifications for the 13th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Stanfield posted the ninth-quickest quarter-mile run of the opening two sessions, and 12th overall on the provisional ladder.
“We’re excited because the [...]

IndyCar To Hit Streets Of Houston
Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 – 6:59 | Comments Off
IndyCar To Hit Streets Of Houston

Open-wheel racing will return to Houston on a familiar street course beginning in October 2013.
Randy Bernard, INDYCAR’s chief executive officer, announced Wednesday the IZOD IndyCar Series has scheduled the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on a 1.7-mile circuit at Reliant Park for Oct. 4-6, 2013. Bernard was joined by Mike Lanigan, Mi-Jack Promotions [...]

COTA Moves Forward Despite Lawsuit
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 – 15:23 | Comments Off
COTA Moves Forward Despite Lawsuit

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed by original event promoter Tavo Hellmund hasn’t slowed construction at Circuit of The Americas, the Austin, Texas, facility scheduled to play host to its inaugural Formula One United States Grand Prix in November.
Significant progress on the medical and media buildings was reported by an official with [...]