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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

Kanaan Going Small But Hoping For Big Things
Friday, Dec 24, 2010 – 10:05 | Comments Off
Kanaan Going Small But Hoping For Big Things

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
During its eight-year tenure in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Andretti Autosport has employed 11 different drivers with varying degrees of pedigree.
Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon and certainly Danica Patrick all have generated headline news with the team co-founded and now solely owned by former open-wheel star Michael Andretti. But the one [...]

Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon
Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 – 7:24 | Comments Off
Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon

Former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan has signed with de Ferran Dragon Racing for the 2011 season, giving the third-year team a high-profile driver to rival its president.
Kanaan, the 2004 series champion, will drive the No. 2 Dallara/Honda wheeled by fellow-Brazilian Rafael Matos in 2009-10, with a sponsorship package to be announced in 2011.
“This [...]

Sturbin: Big Battle For Jimmie Came After Season
Friday, Dec 17, 2010 – 8:25 | 7 Comments
Sturbin: Big Battle For Jimmie Came After Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says his selection as 2010 Driver of the Year left him shocked and honored, the result of an inconsistent Sprint Cup season and the larger-than-life presence of NHRA Funny Car star John Force.
“I would assume that (John) Force would be a shoe-in,” Johnson, 35, admitted [...]

Run-Busting Dixon Hoping To Double Up in 2011
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Run-Busting Dixon Hoping To Double Up in 2011

Driving without a wing man, Larry Dixon put the brakes on Tony Schumacher’s incredible six-year run as NHRA Top Fuel world champion last month.
That’s not to suggest Dixon single-handedly took down the three-team juggernaut fielded by Don Schumacher Racing. In addition to his own bad self, Dixon’s drive to a third title was orchestrated by [...]

Q and A: Hornish Invited Back To Indianapolis
Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 – 9:49 | One Comment
Q and A: Hornish Invited Back To Indianapolis

All Sam Hornish Jr. needs to return to the Indianapolis 500 next May is “raise his hand,” according to a top Team Penske official.
Tim Cindric, president of Penske Performance, confimed during a national teleconference that a one-off ride for Hornish in the landmark 100th edition of the Indy 500 remains an option for the winner [...]

IndyCar Notes: Ho-Pin Tung Tested
Friday, Dec 3, 2010 – 8:15 | One Comment
IndyCar Notes: Ho-Pin Tung Tested

Like many first-time foreign visitors to Indianapolis, Ho-Pin Tung recently had the opportunity to ride around Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a tourist.
Tung hopes his next tour of the famed 2.5-mile oval is in an IZOD IndyCar single-seater as the series’ first Chinese driver – and perhaps “the Yao Ming of motorsports.”
Tung, who spent the 2010 [...]

Spencer Massey Gets DSR Ride
Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 – 8:37 | One Comment
Spencer Massey Gets DSR Ride

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Spencer Massey’s one-year hiatus from the NHRA’s Top Fuel ranks will end in 2011, when the native Texan will drive the Prestone/FRAM Dragster fielded by Don Schumacher Racing.
Massey, the NHRA’s Rookie of the Year in 2009, replaces Cory McClenathan in a DSR Top Fuel lineup featuring seven-time world champion Tony [...]

Sturbin: Three For The Show In DOTY Voting
Sunday, Nov 28, 2010 – 18:06 | 12 Comments
Sturbin: Three For The Show In DOTY Voting

Voting for 2010 Driver of the Year will be tabulated this week, and Jimmie Johnson clearly is dealing from a position of strength.
That was evident during his season-ending teleconference on Tuesday, two days after Johnson had clinched his record-setting fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Johnson is a three-time winner of [...]

Q and A: GM’s Terry Dolan
Monday, Nov 22, 2010 – 9:01 | 9 Comments
Q and A: GM’s Terry Dolan

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s been a good week for General Motors, whose stock returned to Wall Street on Thursday via a highly-anticipated initial public offering (IPO). And at the close of business Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Team Chevy was celebrating its 27th NASCAR driver’s championship courtesy of Jimmie Johnson’s record-setting fifth consecutive Sprint [...]

Force’s Emotional Week Rolls On
Sunday, Nov 21, 2010 – 9:24 | 4 Comments
Force’s Emotional Week Rolls On

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force’s emotional wringer-of-a-week continued Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the recently crowned 15-time NHRA Funny Car world champion was presented with Ford Motor Company’s highest honor.
But a simple letter from drag racing icon “Big Daddy” Don Garlits did more to boost Force’s spirits, following the unexpected resignation of [...]