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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

When It Comes To Turns, Danica Is A Leftist
Friday, Jun 10, 2011 – 15:59 | Comments Off
When It Comes To Turns, Danica Is A Leftist

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Danica Patrick has made it no secret that she digs the ovals, meaning the “exhibition” format for Saturday night’s inaugural Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway could play right into her wheelhouse.
A TMS open-wheel record 30 entries began practicing Friday afternoon for Saturday night’s pair [...]

Buescher Wins Home-State Pole
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 20:45 | Comments Off
Buescher Wins Home-State Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – If James Buescher truly is the proverbial win-waiting-to-happen, he’s picked the perfect locale for all parties concerned.
After scoring his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole Thursday evening at Texas Motor Speedway, the native Texan began focusing on Friday night’s 15th annual WinStar World Casino 400k [...]

Germain Is Fueled By Bodine, Gaughan Blood
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Germain Is Fueled By Bodine, Gaughan Blood

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – When Germain Racing teammates Todd Bodine and Brendan Gaughan do the math at Texas Motor Speedway, the numbers purposely come out a little crooked.
“Six is more than four,” Bodine pointed out for Gaughan’s benefit during a news conference here Thursday afternoon, referring to his NASCAR Camping [...]

JR Hildebrand Stumbles Into More Trouble In Texas
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 – 22:01 | Comments Off
JR Hildebrand Stumbles Into More Trouble In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Rookie JR Hildebrand’s star-crossed fortunes took another bizarre twist Wednesday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, where the 2011 Indianapolis 500 runnerup suffered what has been described as “an injury to his left knee” during a promotion for the inaugural Firestone Twin 275s.
Hildebrand was competing against IZOD [...]

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 [...]