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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

F1: Alonso And Ferrari Win At Sepang
Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 – 10:06 | Comments Off

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ferrari “tifosi” world-wide breathed a collective sigh Sunday, when Fernando Alonso drove the embattled F2012 to victory over a determined Sergio Perez in the rain-marred FIA Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix.
A two-time World Driving Champion, Alonso tapped into every bit of his skill to fend off Perez and his Sauber [...]

John Sturbin: Penalty Can’t Slow Rookie Pagenaud’s Good Mood
Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 – 7:32 | Comments Off
John Sturbin: Penalty Can’t Slow Rookie Pagenaud’s Good Mood

A 10-spot starting grid penalty typically would spell gloom-and-doom for a rookie driver on a street circuit. That dilemma apparently got lost in translation for Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, who anxiously is awaiting his IZOD IndyCar Series debut in Sunday’s season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St.
Petersburg.
Pagenaud blocked-out his looming penalty – the result of an unapproved [...]

Hamilton, McLaren Stay Perfect On F1 Qualifying Days
Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 – 12:48 | Comments Off

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lewis Hamilton bagged his second pole of the 2012 FIA Formula One season Saturday, leading the second consecutive front-row sweep for Vodafone McLaren/Mercedes heading into the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s best time of 1 minute, 36.219-seconds was 0.149-seconds quicker around the 3.443-mile Sepang International Circuit than teammate Jenson Button, [...]

Notes: Drivers See Pluses Of Danica-less IndyCar
Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 – 8:22 | 3 Comments
Notes: Drivers See Pluses Of Danica-less IndyCar

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marco Andretti turns 100 on Sunday, although he’s sounding more like a 25-year-old who’s finally comfortable in his own skin.
Andretti celebrated his 25th birthday on March 13 with “a lot of love and stuff like that from the people on my cell phone,” in-between testing for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ [...]

Power Fastest In St. Pete Streets
Friday, Mar 23, 2012 – 19:49 | Comments Off
Power Fastest In St. Pete Streets

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A new race car was no problem for Will Power on the Streets of St. Pete Friday.
Power, of Verizon Team Penske, picked up where he left off on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit to pace the opening day of IZOD IndyCar Series practice for Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. [...]

Castroneves Needs To Solve His Math Problems
Friday, Mar 23, 2012 – 8:33 | Comments Off
Castroneves Needs To Solve His Math Problems

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Helio Castroneves says he has done the “simple math,” and his recent IZOD IndyCar Series numbers point to a popular driver nevertheless mired in a puzzling and prolonged slump.
The veteran in Team Penske’s three-driver lineup, Castroneves failed to win a race during 2011 –snapping a streak that had seen him [...]

John Sturbin: Edwards Takes SWAT At Crime In Texas, NASCAR
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 – 7:57 | Comments Off
John Sturbin: Edwards Takes SWAT At Crime In Texas, NASCAR

FORT WORTH, Texas – Carl Edwards jumped out of the top window of a six-story building here Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn’t because of the reversal of penalties levied by NASCAR against archrival Jimmie Johnson.
The lone three-time Sprint Cup Series race-winner at Texas Motor Speedway, Edwards took part in a training session with Sgt. Todd [...]

John Sturbin: IndyCar Heads To St. Pete Facing A Revolution
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 – 9:46 | One Comment
John Sturbin: IndyCar Heads To St. Pete Facing A Revolution

Josef Newgarden’s march to the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights championship began on the Streets of St. Pete, where the 21-year-old returns this weekend with a “big car” and revised expectations.
Newgarden is scheduled to make his IZOD IndyCar Series debut with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, lapping the [...]

Button Starts Formula 1 Season With Victory In Australia
Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 – 7:15 | Comments Off

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jenson Button put his signature on what he termed “a very special year in Formula One” Sunday by scoring a flag-to-flag victory in the season-opening Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
One of six current/former F1 World Driving Champions on the grid, Button took the lead from pole-sitter and Vodafone McLaren/Mercedes teammate Lewis [...]

McLaren/Mercedes Rules The Front Row At Aussie Grand Prix
Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 – 7:58 | Comments Off

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
McLaren/Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button fired the opening salvos of the 2012 FIA Formula One season Saturday, when the former World Driving Champions swept the front row during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Hamilton, the 2008 World Champion, was the lone driver to break the 1-minute, [...]