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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

Power Solves New Downforce Rule; Wins TMS Pole
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 – 18:26 | Comments Off
Power Solves New Downforce Rule; Wins TMS Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Will Power qualified on-pole for the Firestone 600 Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway and almost immediately began channeling his inner Helio.
That would be Castroneves, Power’s Team Penske teammate and defending event champion of what is billed as “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race.”
Power posted a cumulative [...]

No ‘Magic Pill’ Yet For IndyCar At Texas Oval
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 – 14:18 | Comments Off
No ‘Magic Pill’ Yet For IndyCar At Texas Oval

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – An additional 300 pounds of downforce may not be the “magic pill” Verizon IndyCar Series teams are seeking in the never-ending aerodynamic conundrum surrounding open-wheel racing at Texas Motor Speedway.
Sanctioning body INDYCAR announced Thursday that teams competing in Saturday night’s Firestone 600 here will have the [...]

Jeb Burton Seeks Return To Winning Ways At TMS
Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 – 21:38 | Comments Off
Jeb Burton Seeks Return To Winning Ways At TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – It didn’t take long for the buzz generated by Jeb Burton’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win to wear off.
“Right when I left this chair last year, I knew I needed to win some more,” Burton said Thursday afternoon from a seat in the Media [...]

With 500 Win In Hand, Hunter-Reay Bags The Swag
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – 7:10 | Comments Off
With 500 Win In Hand, Hunter-Reay Bags The Swag

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Disneyland is not on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule this season. So at the end of what figures to be the busiest week of his racing life, Ryan Hunter-Reay has booked the next-best-thing.
“I just won the Indy 500 – and I’m going to Detroit!” Hunter-Reay declared after accepting [...]

Race Day: Franchitti Adds To Laps Led Stat At Indy
Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 12:46 | Comments Off
Race Day: Franchitti Adds To Laps Led Stat At Indy

By John Sturbin and Mike Harris | Senior Writers
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – There won’t be a fourth Indianapolis 500 victory on Dario Franchitti’s racing resume, but the popular Scotsman led a few more laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.
Franchitti came out of his injury-induced retirement to drive the Camaro Z/28 Pace Car, as well as spend [...]

ABC Coverage Of 500 Turns 50 Today
Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 10:15 | One Comment
ABC Coverage Of 500 Turns 50 Today

INDIANAPOLIS – ABC-TV will celebrate its landmark 50th consecutive year of Indianapolis 500 coverage today with 92 cameras, timely driver features and a nod to the “appointment viewing” era that made iconic broadcasters Jim McKay, Chris Economaki and Paul Page invited house guests nationwide every Memorial Day Weekend.
Pre-race coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway will begin [...]

Race Day: Tony Kanaan Says, More Milk Please
Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 7:15 | Comments Off
Race Day: Tony Kanaan Says, More Milk Please

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – After you have swigged the milk and donned the laurel wreath and had your likeness engraved on the Borg-Warner Trophy, it’s difficult to not think about winning another Indianapolis 500. That is the delightful dilemma facing Tony Kanaan this morning during the final hours of his reign as [...]

Carpenter’s Done It All At Indy – Except For 1 Thing
Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 17:38 | Comments Off
Carpenter’s Done It All At Indy – Except For 1 Thing

INDIANAPOLIS – Ed Carpenter’s first job inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was as golf-cart driver at The Brickyard Crossing, the championship-caliber course shoe-horned inside the mammoth facility at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road.
“I washed the carts, parked them, charged them, cleaned clubs – whatever,” said Carpenter, recalling carefree summers at his family-owned [...]

Carb Day: Kanaan Logs Fastest Lap Of The Day
Friday, May 23, 2014 – 18:48 | Comments Off
Carb Day: Kanaan Logs Fastest Lap Of The Day

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from Team Target is…don’t believe everything you see on Carburetion Day.
Reigning Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan posted the fastest speed during Friday’s one-hour session –the final tuneup before Sunday’s 98th running of the Indy 500 [...]

Montoya At Indianapolis For The First Time – Again
Friday, May 23, 2014 – 10:51 | Comments Off
Montoya At Indianapolis For The First Time – Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – In Juan Pablo Montoya’s universe, Indianapolis 500 history dates all the way back to Monday.
The Indy 500 JPM won as a brash rookie in 2000? Might as well have been run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s original 2.5-mile brick surface with a riding mechanic aboard. As in, ancient [...]