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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

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 [...]

Buckler, Lally And TRG Trying On The Blue Oval
Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Buckler, Lally And TRG Trying On The Blue Oval

Fort Worth, Texas – Kevin Buckler’s ace lineup of sports car drivers has stood on podiums and sprayed champagne from Daytona Beach to Le Mans.
The Racer’s Group has been competing and winning at the top level of the sports car genre since 1993… and bottom-feeding in NASCAR ‘s Sprint Cup Series since 2009. It’s a [...]

Ragan Earns First Pole Of His Cup Career
Friday, Apr 8, 2011 – 18:47 | Comments Off
Ragan Earns First Pole Of His Cup Career

Fort Worth, Texas – David Ragan apparently planted the seeds for his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole one month ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“First thing is that I wasn’t backwards coming off Turn 2 like I was at Vegas, so that helped,” said Ragan, shortly after earning P1 for the Samsung Mobile [...]

Starr Finally To Get A Starring Roll In NASCAR
Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 – 7:03 | Comments Off
Starr Finally To Get A Starring Roll In NASCAR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – David Starr’s Texas-sized heart will be beating a whole lot faster on Friday afternoon, when the chance to realize his “childhood dream” finally will unfold at Texas Motor Speedway.
A longtime regular in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, Starr will make his Sprint Cup Series debut with [...]

‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 – 14:37 | Comments Off
‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium

Tony Kanaan’s debut with KV Racing Technology-Lotus on the Streets of St. Pete featured unexpected challenges from Simona de Silvestro, and a key piece of cockpit equipment.
Kanaan held off a determined, late-race charge from de Silvestro to finish third in the IZOD IndyCar Series’ season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Kanaan’s unlikely podium finish [...]

Wrecks And Ratings Go Up For IndyCar Series
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 – 11:55 | Comments Off
Wrecks And Ratings Go Up For IndyCar Series

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
One day after the unintended consequences of double-file restarts dominated post-race discussion on the Streets of St. Pete, the IZOD IndyCar Series celebrated its highest overnight TV ratings in four years.
And therein lies the rub – or in this case, the bump-and-shove – between the balancing act matching the integrity [...]

Rahal-Ganassi Pairing Set For First IndyCar Event
Friday, Mar 25, 2011 – 14:27 | Comments Off
Rahal-Ganassi Pairing Set For First IndyCar Event

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The talking points of Graham Rahal’s on-again/off-again IZOD IndyCar Series career neatly have been notched on the Streets of St. Pete.
Rahal recorded his first win in his IndyCar debut at St. Petersburg, Fla., on April 6, 2008, becoming the youngest series winner at 19 years, 93-days-old. One year later, the [...]

KV Thinks It Has Added a Winner In Kanaan
Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 – 7:13 | Comments Off
KV Thinks It Has Added a Winner In Kanaan

With the addition of Tony Kanaan to his IZOD IndyCar Series roster, Jimmy Vasser believes KV Racing Technology has signed “the sport’s best teammate” – and the driver who can break the Ganassi-Penske open-wheel monopoly in 2011.
Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series champion, saw a tumultuous offseason end on Monday when he was introduced as driver [...]

Power Opens Test With Top Time
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 – 7:15 | One Comment
Power Opens Test With Top Time

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Will Power apparently is more-than-ready to retain his title as reigning road/street-racing ace of the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Power, who won five road/street races en route to a runnerup finish in the 2010 point standings to Dario Franchitti, topped the first session of the series’ two-day Open Test at Barber Motorsports [...]

IndyCar Raids NASCAR Rule Book
Monday, Mar 14, 2011 – 8:34 | 2 Comments
IndyCar Raids NASCAR Rule Book

Side-by-side restarts at all venues – and likely implementation of a NASCAR-inspired “Lucky Dog/free pass” – are the IZOD IndyCar Series’ latest attempts at ratcheting-up the quality of racing in 2011.
Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s president of competition and racing operations, announced Friday that side-by-side restarts will be in effect at all tracks starting with the season-opening [...]