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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

Castroneves Enjoying A Very Merry Month Of May
Friday, May 8, 2015 – 9:27 | Comments Off on Castroneves Enjoying A Very Merry Month Of May
Castroneves Enjoying A Very Merry Month Of May

No Verizon IndyCar Series driver is poised to enjoy the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway more than Helio Castroneves.
Team Penske’s longest-tenured driver, Castroneves will mark his milestone 300th series start Saturday in the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road-course. But that’s only the first entry on Helio’s […]

Foyt To Bring Tag, No. 48 Back To Indianapolis
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 17:55 | Comments Off on Foyt To Bring Tag, No. 48 Back To Indianapolis
Foyt To Bring Tag, No. 48 Back To Indianapolis

Veteran Indy car driver and 2011 Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Alex Tagliani  has been added to the roster of A.J. Foyt Enterprises for the 99th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” later this month.
Tagliani will drive the Al-Fe Heat Treating Honda-powered Dallara at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the team owned by Foyt, first four-time winner […]

Aero Kit Era Off To A Fast Start In Indianapolis
Monday, May 4, 2015 – 7:14 | One Comment
Aero Kit Era Off To A Fast Start In Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Juan Pablo Montoya ushered-in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ superspeedway aero kit era at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday with a chart-topping lap the former Indianapolis 500 champion immediately dismissed as “irrelevant.”
Taken in context, JPM’s observation was more spot-on than sarcastic. Opening Day activities leading into the 99th running of the Indy […]

Gordon’s Indy 500 Dream To Come True – Kind Of
Friday, May 1, 2015 – 7:14 | Comments Off on Gordon’s Indy 500 Dream To Come True – Kind Of
Gordon’s Indy 500 Dream To Come True – Kind Of

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR accomplishments are documented throughout the Indianapolis Motor Speedway record book, courtesy of his five victories in the Brickyard 400. The Sprint Cup Series superstar who cut his racing teeth as a teen-aged resident of Pittsboro, Ind., will join another elite IMS list later this month as driver […]

Vickers Is Done For The Season
Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 – 7:02 | Comments Off on Vickers Is Done For The Season
Vickers Is Done For The Season

Brian Vickers’ star-crossed journey through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been dealt another potentially career-ending setback.
Team co-owner Michael Waltrip announced Tuesday that David Ragan will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry in place of Vickers for the remainder of the 2015 Cup season, beginning May 9 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.
Vickers, […]

Crampton Riding A Rocket In Houston
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 – 10:33 | Comments Off on Crampton Riding A Rocket In Houston
Crampton Riding A Rocket In Houston

While driving a 320-plus mph Top Fuel car never will be classified as easy, Richie Crampton insists his comfort level is growing exponentially with each pass this season in the Lucas Oil dragster.
The NHRA’s reigning Rookie of the Year, Crampton hasn’t lost a first-round matchup through five races in 2015 – a streak capped by […]

Castroneves Sets Record, Wins Pole In Long Beach
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 – 7:30 | Comments Off on Castroneves Sets Record, Wins Pole In Long Beach
Castroneves Sets Record, Wins Pole In Long Beach

It took only eight minutes during the first of three rounds of knockout qualifying Saturday for the track record to start falling at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The rewriting began when Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan logged a lap in 1 minute, 06.7442-seconds around on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit. During the […]

RCR Appeal Denied But Penalties Reduced
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 – 7:22 | Comments Off on RCR Appeal Denied But Penalties Reduced
RCR Appeal Denied But Penalties Reduced

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld the P5-level penalties levied against Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Thursday, slightly reducing the point deductions and fines stemming from tire tampering violations detected last month at Auto Club Speedway.
The three-member panel – John Capels, Hunter Nickell and Dale […]

Johnson Drives To Victory In Fort Worth – Again
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 – 7:58 | Comments Off on Johnson Drives To Victory In Fort Worth – Again
Johnson Drives To Victory In Fort Worth – Again

By John Sturbin| Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and a worn-out 1.5-mile racetrack continue to be game/set/match for all contenders in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Johnson continued his recent domination of Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, rallying after a late pit stop for a victory in the 19th […]

Mortality Confronts Larson
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 – 20:15 | Comments Off on Mortality Confronts Larson
Mortality Confronts Larson

By John Sturbin
NASCAR Wire Service
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Larson’s recent sheet time at hospitals in Martinsville, Va., and Charlotte drove home a fact of life most 22-year-olds are not ready to accept.
“Yeah, definitely when you are young you think you are bulletproof, and that’s just one little instance that shows you that you aren’t,” […]