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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

Texas Drag Strip Is Taking It From The Streets
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – 7:40 | One Comment
Texas Drag Strip Is Taking It From The Streets

Ennis, Texas – En route to obtaining his NHRA Top Fuel license, Spencer Massey has been harboring a startling secret.
“I’ve never been involved in any kind of street race,” said Massey, at 28 one of the National Hot Rod Association’s rising stars for Don Schumacher Racing. “I started up in Jr. Dragster racing. There were [...]

Jay Penske To Break Some Ground Of His Own
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – 6:49 | Comments Off
Jay Penske To Break Some Ground Of His Own

The Penske surname is synonymous with “firsts” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a testament to the record-setting open-wheel organization founded by Roger Penske.
Cars owned and entered by “The Captain” have scored a record 15 victories at IMS since 1969, when Mark Donohue’s seventh-place finish earned him Rookie of the Year honors. Donohue gave Penske his first Indy [...]

Circuit Of The Americas Turns Attention To Safety
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – 6:40 | Comments Off
Circuit Of The Americas Turns Attention To Safety

Dr. Stephen Olvey, widely considered an expert in motorsports medicine, has been appointed Director of Medical Services at Circuit of the Americas, the new Austin, Texas-based home of Formula One and MotoGP racing in the United States.
Additionally, Lon Bromley has been hired as COTA’s Director of Safety. A 20-year veteran of the racing world, Bromley [...]

Brit Conway Looking For Crown Of His Own
Friday, Apr 29, 2011 – 10:35 | Comments Off
Brit Conway Looking For Crown Of His Own

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Shoved off the pages of London’s racy tabloids by William and Catherine and the royal wedding, Mike Conway quietly has reassumed the role of loyal British subject…in search of his second IZOD IndyCar Series victory.
Conway snapped an 0-for-25 winless streak dating to 2009 by winning the 37th annual Toyota Grand [...]

Castroneves Heads To Brazil Under Microscope
Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 – 10:40 | Comments Off
Castroneves Heads To Brazil Under Microscope

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Helio Castroneves will be on double-secret probation this weekend, when the IZOD IndyCar Series  travels to his native Brazil for the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300.
Castroneves’ No. 3 Dallara/Honda was involved in two separate incidents within five laps of each other during the series’ most recent event, the 37th annual [...]

Force Survives Texas, Lives To Talk About It
Friday, Apr 22, 2011 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Force Survives Texas, Lives To Talk About It

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Drag racing icon John Force said he felt “out of place” but certainly not out of words on the night he was honored as the 13th and latest inductee into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame.
“I’m really struggling with this,” Force said before the formal presentation [...]

Tough Times Ahead For Texas Rattlesnakes
Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 – 13:28 | Comments Off
Tough Times Ahead For Texas Rattlesnakes

Austin, Texas – From a wooden viewing platform overlooking what eventually will become Turn 1 of Circuit of the Americas, Buddy Reed has an hour-by-hour view of what passes as a Texas-sized sandbox.
“It’s a claybox right now, because that’s what’s here,” said Reed, site superintendent for Austin Commercial, the local construction company moving dirt for [...]

Austin F1 Track Has A Name And A New Tenant
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 – 18:54 | Comments Off
Austin F1 Track Has A Name And A New Tenant

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Austin, Texas – Formula One’s new home in the United States now officially has a name _ Circuit of the Americas. In addition to staging the Formula One United States Grand Prix beginning in 2012, the facility will play host to the MotoGP World Championship starting in 2013.
Those were the [...]

Pairing Fennig With Kenseth A Winning Move
Monday, Apr 11, 2011 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Pairing Fennig With Kenseth A Winning Move

Fort Worth, Texas – There are times when NASCAR team-owner Jack Roush speaks in a language so deep and so precise that only a mechanical engineer truly can digest it.
Ask Jack about the aerodynamic nuances associated with the Ford Fusion’s new Sprint Cup nose, and you’ll likely get an explanation along the lines of E=MC(squared).
And [...]

Pit Road Speeding Flap Continues At TMS
Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 – 18:08 | 2 Comments
Pit Road Speeding Flap Continues At TMS

Fort Worth, Texas – NASCAR champions Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch are more likely to be haggling over common ground than agreeing on it tonight at Texas Motor Speedway.
But in the wake of Johnson’s controversial pit road speeding penalty at Martinsville Speedway last Sunday, Busch said he could understand the five-time/reigning Sprint Cup champion’s consternation.
Johnson’s [...]