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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

Things Get Racy During Practice At Indianapolis
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Things Get Racy During Practice At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti picked up the pace for Andretti Autosport during practice Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where speeds for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 aren’t always what they seem.
With a number of IZOD IndyCar Series teams admittedly using the final hour of the six-hour [...]

Saavedra Has Mother Of A Day At Indianapolis
Sunday, May 13, 2012 – 22:45 | Comments Off
Saavedra Has Mother Of A Day At Indianapolis

Native Colombian Sebastian Saavedra welcomed his mother to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Mother’s Day in “hey, watch this” fashion, posting the fastest speed of Day 2 of practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Saavedra, driver of the No. 17 Team AFS Chevrolet for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, toured the 2.5-mile IMS oval in 40.6272-seconds [...]

Rookie Leads Field As Indianapolis Opens For 500
Saturday, May 12, 2012 – 23:53 | Comments Off
Rookie Leads Field As Indianapolis Opens For 500

Rookie Josef Newgarden topped the timesheets as preparations began Saturday for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Newgarden, who won the Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at IMS in May 2011, posted the quickest lap around the 2.5-mile oval of 220.250 mph in the No. 67 Dollar General Dallara/Honda for Sarah [...]

Veteran ‘Rookies’ OK’d For The 500
Friday, May 11, 2012 – 15:54 | Comments Off
Veteran ‘Rookies’ OK’d For The 500

Six drivers have completed the three required speed phases during Rookie Orientation Program activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while Jean Alesi joined the short list of former Formula One regulars successfully logging his first oval-track experience.
Josef Newgarden and Bryan Clauson of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, James Jakes of Dale Coyne Racing, Simon Pagenaud of [...]

With Boycott Talk Silenced, Gossage Takes Breath
Thursday, May 10, 2012 – 10:13 | Comments Off
With Boycott Talk Silenced, Gossage Takes Breath

FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s highly anticipated Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway produced 1,172 incident-free laps around the 1.5-mile quadoval on Monday, and not a single mention of the one word track president Eddie Gossage definitely did not want to hear – boycott.
Rumors of a possible boycott by IZOD IndyCar Series drivers surfaced on [...]

Barrichello Gets The Runaround At Texas Test
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Barrichello Gets The Runaround At Texas Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rubens Barrichello says he spent the night before his first hot laps around Texas Motor Speedway “ovaling in my dreams,” which is not a requirement for passing the IZOD IndyCar Series rookie test.
The most experienced driver in Formula One history, Barrichello exited pit road and took [...]

Test Eases Downforce – And Concerns – At Texas
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – 12:33 | Comments Off
Test Eases Downforce – And Concerns – At Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – A revised aerodynamic package with less downforce has emerged from “a range of options” available to IZOD IndyCar Series teams hot-lapping during an Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway, momentarily easing concerns over pack racing on INDYCAR’s lone remaining 1.5-mile oval.
Monday’s 6.5-hours of track time produced 1,172 incident-free laps with the [...]

Kyle Petty’s Charity Ride Ends In Victory – Again
Monday, May 7, 2012 – 17:26 | One Comment
Kyle Petty’s Charity Ride Ends In Victory – Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Moments after the last V-Twin engine went silent, handshakes, high-fives and hugs marked the end of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America at Texas Motor Speedway.
“The worst part is it ends,” said Eddie Gossage, TMS president and a participant in all but one of the [...]

Bernstein, Childress, Force: International Heroes
Friday, May 4, 2012 – 7:50 | 3 Comments
Bernstein, Childress, Force: International Heroes

NHRA legends Kenny Bernstein and John Force and NASCAR team-owner Richard Childress were dressed to impress for their inductions into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Thursday evening at the Speed Channel Dome adjacent to Talladega Superspeedway.
And for Childress, the black-tie ceremony was a lifetime removed from his first wide-eyed tour of the
sprawling Alabama facility.
“In [...]

IndyCar Series To Hold Critical Test At Texas
Thursday, May 3, 2012 – 7:52 | Comments Off
IndyCar Series To Hold Critical Test At Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Championship leader Will Power and oval-track rookie Rubens Barrichello headline IZOD IndyCar Series drivers scheduled to participate in a critical Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday, May 7.
Originally scheduled for mid-March, the split morning/afternoon sessions in Fort Worth featuring Power, Barrichello and four-time/reigning series champion Dario Franchitti testing [...]