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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

Saavedra Wins Pole After Hunter-Reay Slips In Rain
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 9:04 | Comments Off
Saavedra Wins Pole After Hunter-Reay Slips In Rain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers have said to “expect the unexpected” on the revised Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Sebastian Saavedra’s first pole and Verizon P1 Award fits neatly into that idea.
Saavedra, a 23-year-old native of Bogota, Colombia, claimed his first series pole during [...]

Big Oval Newbies Take To The Track At Indianapolis
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 7:31 | Comments Off
Big Oval Newbies Take To The Track At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On the advice of team-owner Dale Coyne, road-racing specialist Carlos Huertas has adjusted to the idea of left turns only for the 98th edition of the Indianapolis 500 later this month.
“I was a bit unsure (about oval-track racing) because I never did it before. And because I had a late [...]

Teams Hit The Road For Inaugural Grand Prix Of Indy
Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 8:24 | Comments Off
Teams Hit The Road For Inaugural Grand Prix Of Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves neatly summarized Wednesday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Open Test for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
“There is only going to be one winner of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indy, and I want that to be me,” Castroneves said after completing 74 laps around the [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Voted First Quarter Winner Of Prestigious DOTY Award
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 – 20:16 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Voted First Quarter Winner Of Prestigious DOTY Award

Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500, has been voted recipient of the First Quarter Driver of the Year Award for 2014.
Earnhardt prevailed in balloting by a national panel of motorsports journalists and broadcasters with seven of 17 first-place votes.
Ending an almost two-year winless drought, Earnhardt took the checkered flag at Daytona International [...]

Points, Schmoints – Power Is Out For Victories In ‘14
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Points, Schmoints – Power Is Out For Victories In ‘14

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Pardon Will Power for declining to do the math relating to the Verizon IndyCar Series driver’s championship. After racking-up three runner-up finishes over the past four seasons, Power’s mantra for 2014 is refreshingly simple – screw the math.
“I don’t want to think about points all year; I don’t care,” Power [...]

Changes Keep Coming For Indy’s Month Of May
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 – 8:19 | Comments Off
Changes Keep Coming For Indy’s Month Of May

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDYCAR has re-tweaked the qualifying format to fill the traditional 33-car starting field for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 via an addition to next month’s practice schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The schedule change features a Verizon IndyCar Series practice session on Monday, May 19, from 12-5 p.m. (EST). [...]

IndyCar Drivers At Texas: Keep The Packs At Bay
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 – 9:49 | Comments Off
IndyCar Drivers At Texas: Keep The Packs At Bay

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s annual aero package conundrum for Texas Motor Speedway likely won’t be solved at the end of a two-day Firestone tire test on Thursday. But any open-wheel fan longing for a return to pack racing with “grandma” and assorted “wankers” needs to get up-to-speed.
“That’s not going [...]

Carlos Munoz Is Kind Of Pushy For A Rookie
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Carlos Munoz Is Kind Of Pushy For A Rookie

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rookie Carlos Munoz was almost apologetic after his podium finish in Sunday’s 40th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, where the 22-year-old Colombian emerged as Andretti Autosport’s coolest shoe.
“It’s not the way I’d like to earn my third-place with so many accidents, but this is [...]

Like It Or Not, NASCAR Is About To Power Down
Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 – 16:37 | 4 Comments
Like It Or Not, NASCAR Is About To Power Down

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. says a reduction in Sprint Cup Series engine horsepower is coming “whether you like it or not,” but hardly a sign of a stock car Apocalypse.
“I choose as an individual to get on the side of being productive in that discussion [...]

Miller Put Charge Into Texas Hall Of Fame Night
Monday, Apr 7, 2014 – 7:28 | Comments Off
Miller Put Charge Into Texas Hall Of Fame Night

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Extended into Monday because of inclement weather, NASCAR’s spring weekend at Texas Motor Speedway began on a similarly rainy Thursday evening with the annual Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala awards ceremony and charity fundraiser.
Sunday’s day-long rain and cold conditions forced NASCAR to postpone the originally [...]