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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

Updated Aero Puts On A Good Show In Texas
Sunday, Jun 7, 2015 – 9:52 | Comments Off on Updated Aero Puts On A Good Show In Texas
Updated Aero Puts On A Good Show In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Scott Dixon put his stamp of approval on INDYCAR’s now-annual aerodynamic experiment at Texas Motor Speedway in Victory Lane Saturday night, after a Firestone 600 that was fast and curious.
With driver safety and the ever-present “quality of racing” issue hanging over the 23-car Verizon IndyCar Series field, Dixon emerged victorious after […]

Power On Pole In Texas
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 – 18:06 | Comments Off on Power On Pole In Texas
Power On Pole In Texas

 
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Will Power will start tonight’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from P1, arguably the safest seat for a race that will be defined by downforce, drag and tire degradation.
But who knows? Figuring out the key to that engineering exercise continued during the Verizon IndyCar Series’ final half-hour practice Friday evening […]

Crafton Looking For More Intermediate Success
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 – 7:04 | Comments Off on Crafton Looking For More Intermediate Success
Crafton Looking For More Intermediate Success

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Crafton has returned to Texas Motor Speedway aiming to put a slide job on the field competing in Friday night’s WinStar World Casino and Resort 400.
The two-time/reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Crafton won last June’s night race on TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval on fuel mileage. That’s also the […]

INDYCAR Hands Castroneves Fourth Place
Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 – 19:56 | Comments Off on INDYCAR Hands Castroneves Fourth Place
INDYCAR Hands Castroneves Fourth Place

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Helio Castroneves has leapfrogged Graham Rahal in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings without turning a wheel in anger.
Next up on the Brazilian’s to-do list – his own street at Texas Motor Speedway.
INDYCAR announced a reduction in the penalty assessed to Castroneves following the second annual […]

INDYCAR Rolls Out More Aero Changes For TMS
Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 – 9:23 | Comments Off on INDYCAR Rolls Out More Aero Changes For TMS
INDYCAR Rolls Out More Aero Changes For TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Safety modifications to INDYCAR’s new superspeedway aero kits continued Tuesday, when the sanctioning body announced it will implement the use of closure panels to the rear wheel guards of both Chevrolet and Honda packages beginning this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
The rival manufacturers each have developed […]

Bourdais bags fuelish IndyCar Series win at Belle Isle
Monday, Jun 1, 2015 – 10:28 | Comments Off on Bourdais bags fuelish IndyCar Series win at Belle Isle
Bourdais bags fuelish IndyCar Series win at Belle Isle

 
Sebastien Bourdais distanced himself from Takuma Sato over the final three “nerve-wracking” laps of Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Sunday en route to his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season.
Bourdais, driving for the team fronted by 1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser and Kevin Kalkhoven, became the […]

Cameron Paces Corvette Domination on Streets of Belle Isle
Sunday, May 31, 2015 – 8:21 | Comments Off on Cameron Paces Corvette Domination on Streets of Belle Isle
Cameron Paces Corvette Domination on Streets of Belle Isle

Dane Cameron passed Jordan Taylor during the final 30 minutes, then held off the sister Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype of Joao Barbosa, to win Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.
Cameron and co-driver Eric Curran collaborated to give the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP its first TUDOR […]

IndyCar Aero Kit Discussion Shifts To Texas
Friday, May 29, 2015 – 11:19 | Comments Off on IndyCar Aero Kit Discussion Shifts To Texas
IndyCar Aero Kit Discussion Shifts To Texas

FORT WORTH – Juan Pablo Montoya is not anticipating any significant change by INDYCAR to the aero kit that helped propel him to his second Indianapolis 500 victory prior to next month’s Firestone 600 night race at Texas Motor Speedway.
“The race was great,” said Montoya, referring to his victory by 0.1046-seconds over Will Power in Sunday’s […]

Notes: Hinchcliffe Back On Road To Recovery
Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Notes: Hinchcliffe Back On Road To Recovery
Notes: Hinchcliffe Back On Road To Recovery

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe rolled out of IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday, eight days after suffering life-threatening injuries in a crash during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Hinchcliffe, of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, underwent successful surgery on May 18 for an upper left thigh and pelvic injury […]

Montoya Trades In His Olds Aurora For A Corvette
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – 7:53 | Comments Off on Montoya Trades In His Olds Aurora For A Corvette
Montoya Trades In His Olds Aurora For A Corvette

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Juan Pablo Montoya says there is nothing complicated about his approach to winning motor races, whatever he’s driving.
“You got to have a good car and you got to drive the hell out of it,” Montoya said Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the day after scoring his second Indianapolis 500 […]