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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

Austin Track Adds Supercars
Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 – 19:10 | One Comment
Austin Track Adds Supercars

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The door-banging action of Australia’s popular V8 Supercar Series is the latest schedule addition to the Circuit of The Americas under construction in Austin, Texas.
V8 Supercars and Circuit of The Americas (COTA), along with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, announced a five-year agreement Thursday to bring [...]

Penske’s Power Cleared To Drive; Tests Mid-Ohio
Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Penske’s Power Cleared To Drive; Tests Mid-Ohio

Cleared to drive by INDYCAR’s medical staff following a “mild concussion” suffered Saturday night, Will Power spent Wednesday road-course testing in pursuit of IZOD IndyCar Series nemesis Dario Franchitti.
Power joined Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe for a test on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, his first seat time since crashing into the [...]

Marco Hopes He Has Acquired A Great New Habit
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 – 12:07 | Comments Off
Marco Hopes He Has Acquired A Great New Habit

Nearly five years have passed since Marco Andretti, then 19-years-old, won his first IZOD IndyCar Series race, flirted with the allure of Formula One and began to shave.
The ensuing 78-race eternity that began for the Family Andretti at Infineon Raceway on Aug. 27, 2006 mercifully ended Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, where Marco outbattled former [...]

Sato Has Up-And-Down Day At Iowa Speedway
Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 – 9:03 | Comments Off
Sato Has Up-And-Down Day At Iowa Speedway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Takuma Sato earned his first career IZOD IndyCar Series pole Friday afternoon at Iowa Speedway, where the buzz accompanying the Japanese native’s historic two-lap run was muted by a crash during the final practice for Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 250.
Sato became the first Japanese driver to qualify on-pole for [...]

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 [...]