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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

Big Texas Field Set For IndyCar Double-Header
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 – 10:46 | Comments Off
Big Texas Field Set For IndyCar Double-Header

Fort Worth, Texas – A track-record 30 entries will compete in the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, eclipsing the previous high car-count of 28.
The last time an IZOD IndyCar Series race outside the Indianapolis 500 featured more than 30 cars occurred during the season-finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. [...]

IndyCar To Run At Motegi Road Course This Season
Friday, Jun 3, 2011 – 16:35 | Comments Off
IndyCar To Run At Motegi Road Course This Season

Twin Ring Motegi’s 2.98-mile natural terrain road-course will play host to the IZOD IndyCar Series’ ninth and final visit to Japan this fall.
The Indy Japan 300 on Sept. 18 originally was scheduled for the 1.5-mile, egg-shaped oval that sustained damage during the March earthquakes. Raised ridges to the track’s surface will prevent the series’ open-wheel [...]

500-Winner Wheldon Rejoins Ranks of Unemployed
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011 – 7:20 | 3 Comments
500-Winner Wheldon Rejoins Ranks of Unemployed

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon definitely will be on-site at Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6 of the IZOD IndyCar Series on June 11.
Odds are, however, that instead of strapping into the cockpit for the inaugural Firestone Twin 275s, Wheldon will be miking-up in the TV [...]

IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank
Monday, May 30, 2011 – 16:41 | Comments Off
IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – There is reason to believe that the wow-factor surrounding Dan Wheldon’s second Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday will, unfortunately, have a shelf-life about as long as his first win in 2005.
Eclipsed by rookie Danica Patrick’s record-setting performance in ‘05, Wheldon’s improbable, last-lap victory on Sunday easily could be [...]

Wheldon Wins 100th 500 After Last Turn Crash
Monday, May 30, 2011 – 7:20 | 3 Comments
Wheldon Wins 100th 500 After Last Turn Crash

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Englishman Dan Wheldon celebrated his second Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday with the clock ticking, and the beach and dirty diapers beckoning.
“I think my contract expires at midnight tonight,” said Wheldon, joking with team co-owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey during their post-race news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [...]

Servia Is Under Orders Of Paul Newman Today
Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 7:58 | One Comment
Servia Is Under Orders Of Paul Newman Today

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – If actor/racer Paul Newman was patrolling Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this morning, Oriol Servia knows exactly what his marching orders would be for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500.
“ ‘Go get it!” said Servia, imitating the late Newman’s low and raspy voice. “He wouldn’t be the voice [...]

Race Day: Helio Reloads For A Fourth Victory
Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 7:27 | Comments Off
Race Day: Helio Reloads For A Fourth Victory

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves better hope Race Day spotter Rick Mears is better at identifying cars than he is at counting championships today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mears, one of three four-time winners of the Indy 500, will be Castroneves’ eye-in-the-sky during the 100th anniversary edition of [...]

Simona Shows True Grit At Indianapolis
Saturday, May 28, 2011 – 17:49 | Comments Off
Simona Shows True Grit At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – The gauze hand-wraps Simona de Silvestro has been wearing for the last 10 days likely will not resonate with the hipsters who shop boutiques for the recently released William Rast Racing lifestyle collection.
Simona’s “haute couture” is courtesy of Methodist Hospital downtown, where her burned hands have been the [...]

Indy Notes: Dixon Fastest During Carb Day Tune-up
Friday, May 27, 2011 – 18:26 | Comments Off
Indy Notes: Dixon Fastest During Carb Day Tune-up

Indianapolis – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from pole-sitter Alex Tagliani is that his car is “very racey.”
Tagliani posted a speed of 224.739 mph during the traditional one-hour session that marks the last time the 33-car starting field will be on-track before the start of Sunday’s 100th [...]

Drivers Rebuked; Double-File Restarts Stand
Friday, May 27, 2011 – 14:42 | 2 Comments
Drivers Rebuked; Double-File Restarts Stand

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Any notion that the IZOD IndyCar Series’ controversial double-file restart rule would be parked for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 was quashed Friday morning, when INDYCAR’s “top cop” spelled-out the procedure in detail.
Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s president of competition and racing operations, addressed the double-file issue during a driver’s [...]