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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

Richardson To See Doctors
Monday, Aug 16, 2010 – 6:21 | Comments Off
Richardson To See Doctors

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Robert Richardson Jr. has scheduled a follow-up visit with a physician in Texas early this week after briefly blacking-out during a crash with 13 laps remaining in Saturday’s Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
A 28-year-old native of McKinney, Texas, Richardson was involved in a crash with [...]

Franchitti Could Still Knock Out Power
Saturday, Aug 14, 2010 – 15:20 | Comments Off
Franchitti Could Still Knock Out Power

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
IndyCar points-leader Will Power exited Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last Sunday as winner of the inaugural Mario Andretti Road Course Championship, and with the knowledge that Dario Franchitti is lurking.
Always lurking.
Franchitti, the two-time and reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion, put his considerable road-racing skills on display en route to winning [...]

IndyCar Notes: NHMS Moves, Hornish Won’t
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 – 20:50 | Comments Off
IndyCar Notes: NHMS Moves, Hornish Won’t

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Return of the IZOD IndyCar Series to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2011 after a 13-year absence has been pushed back two weeks to accommodate changes in the track’s NASCAR schedule.
Originally booked for July 31, IndyCar now will compete on the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, N.H., on Aug. 14, 2011.
“Because [...]

IRL Notes: Honda To Stay With IndyCar
Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 – 7:26 | Comments Off
IRL Notes: Honda To Stay With IndyCar

Any engine supplier ramping-up plans for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ next generation of power plants in 2012 will be competing against the power of Honda.
Honda Performance Development became the first manufacturer to commit to the new engine package Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Erik Berkman, HPD president, announced before qualifications for [...]

Drivers Say Shuffle ‘Em Up And Deal In 2011
Friday, Aug 6, 2010 – 18:50 | Comments Off
Drivers Say Shuffle ‘Em Up And Deal In 2011

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Stating that NASCAR racing had become “stale” at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sprint Cup points-leader Kevin Harvick says the impending wholesale changes to the 2011 schedule should not shock-and-awe anyone.
“I think all tracks need to be held to a standard,” Harvick said Friday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, site of Sunday’s Heluva [...]

Dixon Wins, Helio Freaks
Monday, Jul 26, 2010 – 7:05 | 6 Comments
Dixon Wins, Helio Freaks

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scott Dixon presented team-owner Chip Ganassi a second victory late Sunday afternoon via a bizarre finish to the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy Edmonton.
Dixon’s victory was nowhere near as squeaky-clean as Jamie McMurray’s win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400, as it came wrapped amid heated controversy. Dixon [...]

IRL Notes: Power In, Duno In Trouble
Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 – 14:10 | Comments Off
IRL Notes: Power In, Duno In Trouble

Points-leader Will Power led a Team Penske front-row sweep during qualifications Saturday for the Honda Indy Edmonton, as IZOD IndyCar Series officials took the virtually unprecedented step of placing Milka Duno on probation for being a moving chicane.
Power, the defending event champion, earned his sixth pole of the season via a lap of 1:00.7126/116.991 mph [...]

IndyCar Notes: Power Still Charging
Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 – 8:10 | 2 Comments
IndyCar Notes: Power Still Charging

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With his victory in the Honda Indy Toronto last Sunday, Will Power continued a methodical march toward what looms as his first IZOD IndyCar Series driver’s championship.
Power, of Team Penske, finished 1.2-seconds ahead of reigning series champion Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing on the 1.75-mile Streets of Toronto [...]

IRL On Its Way To Racing Domestic Cars
Friday, Jul 23, 2010 – 8:21 | One Comment
IRL On Its Way To Racing Domestic Cars

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Dallara Automobili’s selection as manufacturer of the IndyCar Safety Cell beginning in 2012 has the potential of transforming Main Street in Speedway, Ind., into motorsports’ version of Little Italy.
Overshadowed amid the hoopla accompanying Dallara’s selection last week as primary chassis supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series was the [...]

GAINSCO Boys Earn Pole In Jersey
Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – 15:15 | Comments Off
GAINSCO Boys Earn Pole In Jersey

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will bid for its belated first victory of the 2010 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season from the pole position Sunday, courtesy of Jon Fogarty’s record-extending qualifying effort at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Fogarty claimed his Daytona Prototype record 15th pole Saturday during qualifying for the New Jersey Motorsports Park [...]