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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

Wheldon, Herta Land Jobs In IndyCar Series
Friday, Jun 24, 2011 – 5:48 | Comments Off
Wheldon, Herta Land Jobs In IndyCar Series

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The nation’s unemployment rate dropped a tick Thursday, when two-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon landed a job.
INDYCAR officials announced in Indianapolis that Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport have been selected as test organization for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series prototype chassis.
“Dan, Bryan and (co-owner) Steve Newey have [...]

Franchitti Says Pit Problem Was A Penske Problem
Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 – 7:23 | One Comment
Franchitti Says Pit Problem Was A Penske Problem

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dario Franchitti says pit road etiquette prevailed over “gamesmanship” Sunday afternoon at The Milwaukee Mile, where the Scotsman’s 29th career victory drew him into a tie with Will Power for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.
When Franchitti entered pit road on Lap 125 of Sunday’s Milwaukee 225, his left rear [...]

Some Drivers Just Drifting Their Way Through Life
Friday, Jun 17, 2011 – 11:22 | Comments Off
Some Drivers Just Drifting Their Way Through Life

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Screeching tires, billowing white smoke and the smell of burning rubber serve as Michael Essa’s calling card, one that likely would drive his authorized BMW dealer to tears.
Essa is a third-season competitor with Formula DRIFT, an “extreme motorsport” that made its debut at Texas Motor Speedway [...]

Power and Franchitti Split The Take In Fort Worth
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 – 4:43 | Comments Off
Power and Franchitti Split The Take In Fort Worth

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – An animated Will Power leaped out of his car in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, putting a proper exclamation point on the IZOD IndyCar Series’ inaugural Firestone Twin 275s.
The series points-leader as the night began, Power scored his third victory this season and [...]

Vette Fans Can Ride Along At Le Mans
Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Vette Fans Can Ride Along At Le Mans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Endurance racing fans will have an all-access view of this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with exclusive features that include “riding along” with Corvette Racing for the entire event.
SPEED will televise 17 hours of live coverage beginning Saturday at 3 p.m. locally (9 a.m., EDT). And via a partnership [...]

Hornaday Steals Truck Series Victory At Texas
Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 – 6:28 | Comments Off
Hornaday Steals Truck Series Victory At Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas –  Ron Hornaday Jr. was handed victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400k Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway when race-leader Johnny Sauter was black-flagged for illegally changing lanes on the night’s final restart.
Sauter, who had passed Hornaday for the lead with [...]

Tags Is It Again In Qualifying
Friday, Jun 10, 2011 – 19:43 | One Comment
Tags Is It Again In Qualifying

Fort Worth, Texas – Alex Tagliani celebrated his second consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series pole Friday afternoon with a shout-out to his team, and a not-so-subtle message aimed squarely at one of his rivals.
“Being on the pole on an oval is great,” said Tagliani, who bagged P1 for Saturday night’s inaugural Firestone Twin 275s with a [...]

When It Comes To Turns, Danica Is A Leftist
Friday, Jun 10, 2011 – 15:59 | Comments Off
When It Comes To Turns, Danica Is A Leftist

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Danica Patrick has made it no secret that she digs the ovals, meaning the “exhibition” format for Saturday night’s inaugural Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway could play right into her wheelhouse.
A TMS open-wheel record 30 entries began practicing Friday afternoon for Saturday night’s pair [...]

Buescher Wins Home-State Pole
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 20:45 | Comments Off
Buescher Wins Home-State Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – If James Buescher truly is the proverbial win-waiting-to-happen, he’s picked the perfect locale for all parties concerned.
After scoring his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole Thursday evening at Texas Motor Speedway, the native Texan began focusing on Friday night’s 15th annual WinStar World Casino 400k [...]

Germain Is Fueled By Bodine, Gaughan Blood
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Germain Is Fueled By Bodine, Gaughan Blood

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – When Germain Racing teammates Todd Bodine and Brendan Gaughan do the math at Texas Motor Speedway, the numbers purposely come out a little crooked.
“Six is more than four,” Bodine pointed out for Gaughan’s benefit during a news conference here Thursday afternoon, referring to his NASCAR Camping [...]