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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

Fogarty Ends Taylor Pole Streak
Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 – 7:12 | Comments Off
Fogarty Ends Taylor Pole Streak

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jon Fogarty extended two pole records and defended another during qualifying for the Montreal 200 Friday afternoon at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Quebec, ending rival Ricky Taylor’s streak of consecutive pole positions at six.
Fogarty drove the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley to its second pole of the 2011 [...]

New 2012 Indycar Taken For A Test Drive
Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 – 7:16 | Comments Off
New 2012 Indycar Taken For A Test Drive

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDYCAR’s next generation chassis logged its historic initial shakedown laps Monday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the first of 12 days of an itemized evaluation scheduled for three road-course and three oval layouts.
As is his custom, two-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon patted the black and red-striped Dallara [...]

Wheldon Getting Testy For IndyCar
Monday, Aug 8, 2011 – 14:06 | Comments Off
Wheldon Getting Testy For IndyCar

Two-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon will return to an IZOD IndyCar Series cockpit on Monday in a role not listed on the typical job board.
“Test dummy – that’s a good one. I like that,” Wheldon said during a teleconference addressing his latest contract gig with Bryan Herta Autosport. “That’s what I’m going [...]

Helio’s Mission Is to Dump The Funk
Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 – 16:23 | Comments Off
Helio’s Mission Is to Dump The Funk

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His current winless streak is at 12-and-counting, a modest figure for most IZOD IndyCar Series mortals. It only feels like forever to three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves, who showed signs of driving out of a puzzling, season-long funk during Sunday’s Edmonton Indy.
Castroneves’ runnerup result to Team Penske teammate Will [...]

Power Still PO’d As IndyCar Series Heads To Edmonton
Friday, Jul 22, 2011 – 7:57 | Comments Off
Power Still PO’d As IndyCar Series Heads To Edmonton

Two weeks have done little to defuse Will Power’s frustration with IZOD IndyCar Series points-leader Dario Franchitti, whose controversial victory in the Honda Indy Toronto has the potential to spill over into practice and qualifying heading into Sunday’s Edmonton Indy.
Franchitti, the three-time and reigning series champion, scored his fourth victory of the season, third on [...]

Carl Edwards Nabs Second Quarter DOTY Award
Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Carl Edwards Nabs Second Quarter DOTY Award

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards’ podium prowess in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup series this spring has earned the popular Roush Fenway Racing driver recognition as second quarter Driver of the Year.
Edwards posted three Nationwide Series victories and another three runner-up finishes in 10 events – and added a signature win in Cup’s [...]

Ben Spies Helping to Put America Back On MotoGP Map
Monday, Jul 4, 2011 – 13:44 | 2 Comments
Ben Spies Helping to Put America Back On MotoGP Map

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Texan Ben Spies had less than a week to savor his first career MotoGP victory, shuttling off from the podium at Assen, The Netherlands, to Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello for the Grand Prix of Italy.
Spies finished fourth Sunday on his Yamaha Factory Racing machine in Round 8 of 18 at [...]

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 [...]