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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

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 [...]

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 [...]