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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

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 [...]

Race Day: Helio Reloads For A Fourth Victory
Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 7:27 | Comments Off
Race Day: Helio Reloads For A Fourth Victory

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Indianapolis – Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves better hope Race Day spotter Rick Mears is better at identifying cars than he is at counting championships today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mears, one of three four-time winners of the Indy 500, will be Castroneves’ eye-in-the-sky during the 100th anniversary edition of [...]

Simona Shows True Grit At Indianapolis
Saturday, May 28, 2011 – 17:49 | Comments Off
Simona Shows True Grit At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Indianapolis – The gauze hand-wraps Simona de Silvestro has been wearing for the last 10 days likely will not resonate with the hipsters who shop boutiques for the recently released William Rast Racing lifestyle collection.
Simona’s “haute couture” is courtesy of Methodist Hospital downtown, where her burned hands have been the [...]

Indy Notes: Dixon Fastest During Carb Day Tune-up
Friday, May 27, 2011 – 18:26 | Comments Off
Indy Notes: Dixon Fastest During Carb Day Tune-up

Indianapolis – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from pole-sitter Alex Tagliani is that his car is “very racey.”
Tagliani posted a speed of 224.739 mph during the traditional one-hour session that marks the last time the 33-car starting field will be on-track before the start of Sunday’s 100th [...]

Drivers Rebuked; Double-File Restarts Stand
Friday, May 27, 2011 – 14:42 | 2 Comments
Drivers Rebuked; Double-File Restarts Stand

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Any notion that the IZOD IndyCar Series’ controversial double-file restart rule would be parked for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 was quashed Friday morning, when INDYCAR’s “top cop” spelled-out the procedure in detail.
Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s president of competition and racing operations, addressed the double-file issue during a driver’s [...]

Danica Emphatically Denies NASCAR Reports
Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 21:00 | Comments Off
Danica Emphatically Denies NASCAR Reports

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Open-wheel star Danica Patrick has flat-out denied a report that she has a tentative deal to go fulltime racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series next year.
The report of her move to NASCAR was posted on ESPN.com late Tuesday, as well as
ESPN’s “Bottom Line” crawl on its various network [...]

Q and A: Polesitter Talks About Indy 500
Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 13:06 | Comments Off
Q and A: Polesitter Talks About Indy 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Alex Tagliani’s Week of Fame as Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter may have peaked Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he met the media for the final time before the 100th anniversary edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Tagliani became the first Canadian to qualify on-pole for the Indy 500 [...]

Deal Puts Hunter-Reay Into The Indianapolis 500
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – 6:55 | Comments Off
Deal Puts Hunter-Reay Into The Indianapolis 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Longtime open-wheel rivals A.J. Foyt Jr. and Michael Andretti have struck a corporate deal that will see Ryan Hunter-Reay replace Bruno Junqueira in the 100th anniversary edition of the Indianapolis 500.
Hunter-Reay, who was knocked out of the 33-car field by Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti in the final minute of [...]

‘Andretti Curse’ At Indy Lives On During Bump Day
Monday, May 23, 2011 – 7:31 | 3 Comments
‘Andretti Curse’ At Indy Lives On During Bump Day

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The pistol shot that ended Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway left Andretti Autosport bruised and confused, despite having qualified three drivers for the 100th anniversary edition of the Indianapolis 500.
Last-minute qualifier Marco Andretti bumped teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay from a 33-car field that includes Andretti Autosport’s Danica Patrick, an earlier [...]