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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

De Silvestro’s Career Going Nuclear
Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 – 9:07 | Comments Off
De Silvestro’s Career Going Nuclear

Simona de Silvestro’s future in the IZOD IndyCar Series is set for the next three seasons, theoretically at a pace that promises to be nuclear.
Keith Wiggins’ HVM Racing and Entergy Nuclear have entered into a three-year partnership as primary sponsor for de Silvestro, the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
“It’s a really special feeling, and [...]

Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011
Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 – 8:50 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Kurt Busch goes “double-dipping”  this season, he won’t be concerned with NASCAR’s new single-series point rules.
Busch is going NHRA drag racing in a “Factory Hot Rod.”
NASCAR’s 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, Busch announced Monday he plans to make his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut during the 41st annual Tire [...]

NHRA To Crack Down On A Sticky Problem In 2011
Thursday, Jan 20, 2011 – 11:41 | Comments Off
NHRA To Crack Down On A Sticky Problem In 2011

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA officials will ramp-up their crackdown on oildowns during the 2011 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season, including implementation of “strict penalties” for all classes competing at national events.
In an effort to improve the quality of show for fans, and its cable television partner, the sanctioning body has outlined a [...]

INDYCAR’s Bernard Unveils A Series Of Changes
Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 – 11:51 | Comments Off
INDYCAR’s Bernard Unveils A Series Of Changes

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Double-file restarts on ovals will become part of the IZOD IndyCar Series rules package beginning with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, one of several competition-related revisions unveiled by the rebranded sanctioning body.
INDYCAR officially has replaced Indy Racing League as name tag of the sanctioning body of the IZOD [...]

Andretti Takes American Dream, The 500 On Tour
Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011 – 6:13 | One Comment
Andretti Takes American Dream, The 500 On Tour

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His name is synonymous with speed…the way LeBron James’ is with basketball, Oprah Winfrey’s is with entertainment and Dick Clark’s is with another rockin’ New Year’s Eve.
Mario Andretti’s list of official accolades may have peaked in 2000, when The Associated Press anointed him Driver of the Century. But Mario’s legacy [...]

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 [...]