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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

Carb Day Notes: Kanaan Heads Into Weekend As A Contender
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 8:31 | Comments Off on Carb Day Notes: Kanaan Heads Into Weekend As A Contender
Carb Day Notes: Kanaan Heads Into Weekend As A Contender

INDIANAPOLIS – Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, so let the words of 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan sink-in and serve as a warning heading into Sunday’s historic 100th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
“You know, anybody count us out (for victory on Sunday), it’s a big mistake,” Kanaan […]

Bobby Rahal Has Bittersweet Memories Of ’86 Win
Friday, May 27, 2016 – 11:59 | Comments Off on Bobby Rahal Has Bittersweet Memories Of ’86 Win
Bobby Rahal Has Bittersweet Memories Of ’86 Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Thirty years ago, the winning driver of the Indianapolis 500 was interviewed in a small room underneath the old cement-block grandstands at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just this side of the intersection leading into Gasoline Alley.
A simple table served as the dais for the winner and his car-owner and […]

Newgarden Blossoms In Race Day Conditions
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 7:07 | Comments Off on Newgarden Blossoms In Race Day Conditions
Newgarden Blossoms In Race Day Conditions

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Josef Newgarden’s Pole Day pity party officially reached closing time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Monday afternoon, when the rising American open-wheel star paced practice in conditions expected to mimic Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
All 33 entries turned laps around the 2.5-mile IMS oval during a 3.5-hour session scheduled […]

Schmidt Peterson A Big Story In The Making
Monday, May 23, 2016 – 10:57 | Comments Off on Schmidt Peterson A Big Story In The Making
Schmidt Peterson A Big Story In The Making

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Inspiration, otherwise known as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, ruled Pole Day qualifications at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday as the starting field was set for the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
James Hinchcliffe, who nearly lost his life on the 2.5-mile IMS oval one year ago in a crash […]

Hinchtown Could Become Party City
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 9:05 | Comments Off on Hinchtown Could Become Party City
Hinchtown Could Become Party City

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
James Hinchcliffe’s inspiring journey from pain-to-recovery at Indianapolis Motor Speedway took him to the top of the qualifying chart for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Saturday evening, one year after the Canadian suffered “Code 5” life-threatening bleeding injuries in a grinder-of-a-crash on the 2.5-mile oval.
Hinchcliffe bolted to P1 […]

Speeds Jump On ‘Fast Friday’ At Indianapolis
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 7:37 | Comments Off on Speeds Jump On ‘Fast Friday’ At Indianapolis
Speeds Jump On ‘Fast Friday’ At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Penske’s Will Power halted Honda’s week-long stay atop the speed chart at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during “Fast Friday” practice, a pivotal session leading into qualifying for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Power posted a lap of 232.672 mph around the 2.5-mile oval in his No. 12 Team Penske […]

Late-Comer Chaves Tops Indy Charts
Friday, May 20, 2016 – 7:06 | Comments Off on Late-Comer Chaves Tops Indy Charts
Late-Comer Chaves Tops Indy Charts

Gabriel “Gabby” Chaves’ abbreviated Month of May began seven days ago, when the 2015 Indianapolis 500 and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie of the year was hired by team-owner Dale Coyne for a two-race stint at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Chaves finished a lead-lap 17th in the third annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Speedway’s […]

Hunter-Reay Rules Wednesday, Says Wait ‘Til Friday
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 21:10 | Comments Off on Hunter-Reay Rules Wednesday, Says Wait ‘Til Friday
Hunter-Reay Rules Wednesday, Says Wait ‘Til Friday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ryan Hunter-Reay maintained Honda’s spot atop the speed chart at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the close of Wednesday’s practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
But Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indy 500 champion, said better talk to him after “Fast Friday” _ when he fully […]

Rain Puts Damper on Indy 500 Preparations
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 19:43 | Comments Off on Rain Puts Damper on Indy 500 Preparations
Rain Puts Damper on Indy 500 Preparations

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Persistent rain on Tuesday forced Verizon IndyCar Series teams to adjust their preparations for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil following cancellation of practice.
The official call to end the day came at 2:45 p.m. (ET), with no laps turned and the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor […]

May Officially Under Way As Cars Hit Bricks At IMS
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 7:24 | Comments Off on May Officially Under Way As Cars Hit Bricks At IMS
May Officially Under Way As Cars Hit Bricks At IMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The importance of track time was evident during Monday’s Opening Day of practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
All 33 entered cars logged time on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, totaling 1,972 laps. The 33 cars on-track were the most for an […]