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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

Helio Is Back To Being Helio – On Track and On Camera
Friday, May 29, 2009 – 7:19 | Comments Off
Helio Is Back To Being Helio – On Track and On Camera

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Any list of elite athletes with reputations in need of rehabilitation typically runs from A to Z. That’s A-Rod to Carlos Zambrano…with John Daly, Michael Phelps and Michael Vick prat-falling in-between.
Similarly, Helio Castroneves faced the end of the innocence over the last six months, when federal [...]

Spiderman 3: Castroneves Climbs Way to Another Indy 500 Win
Monday, May 25, 2009 – 13:35 | Comments Off
Spiderman 3: Castroneves Climbs Way to Another Indy 500 Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Helio Castroneves’ “best Month of May ever” ended in the only place it logically could Sunday afternoon, Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
His freedom and racing career wallowing in legal limbo as recently as last month, Castroneves captured his third Indianapolis 500 victory – and record 15th for Team [...]

Danica Is At Her Best When At Indianapolis
Monday, May 25, 2009 – 13:30 | Comments Off
Danica Is At Her Best When At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Her fourth-place finish as a rookie in the 2005 Indianapolis 500 officially launched Danicamania, and the cynical debate over whether Danica Patrick is more sizzle than steak.
It was with a sense of professional accomplishment then, that Patrick’s third-place finish in Sunday’s 93rd Indianapolis 500 was viewed as just [...]

Sturbin: Top 5 Indy Memories
Sunday, May 24, 2009 – 11:20 | One Comment
Sturbin:  Top 5 Indy Memories

By John Sturbin |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – The first book I checked out of the public library in my hometown was a history of the Indianapolis 500.
And one of these days, I’m going to bring it back.
Actually, I’m sure that book was returned to the Jervis Public Library in Rome, N.Y., shortly after I devoured every [...]

Indianapolis 500 Shapes Up As A Penske Vs. Ganassi Affair
Sunday, May 24, 2009 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Indianapolis 500 Shapes Up As A Penske Vs. Ganassi Affair

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – From team owners to team gophers, the employees of Team Penske and Target Chip Ganassi Racing wake up every morning intent on beating the corporate snot out of their IndyCar Series rivals.
Race day takes it to another level.  Penske mainstays Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe know at some [...]

Tracy Going For First/Second Victory At Indy
Saturday, May 23, 2009 – 20:45 | Comments Off
Tracy Going For First/Second Victory At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Paul Tracy has been promised a trip to West Allis, Wis., next weekend, and another open-wheel race start, if he can win Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
Which begs this carrot question…if PT does win the 93rd edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” will he hold up one finger or [...]

Month Of May Shaping Up As A Classic For Castroneves
Saturday, May 23, 2009 – 7:33 | 2 Comments
Month Of May Shaping Up As A Classic For Castroneves

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway traditionally is for sending messages. And the final missive from Helio Castroneves on Friday was that he is so good to go for the 93rd edition of the Indianapolis 500.
“For me, the month is falling into place,” Castroneves said at the end [...]

ABC Gears Up For Another Run At The 500
Saturday, May 23, 2009 – 7:30 | Comments Off
ABC Gears Up For Another Run At The 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Casual fans of open-wheel racing may not be aware that the first three events of the 2009 IndyCar Series schedule have been carried – as they say in the TV industry – “on another network.”
Not so with the Indianapolis 500, which for the 45th consecutive year will be [...]

IMS Creates Scholarship To Honor Journalist Mike Harris
Friday, May 22, 2009 – 18:00 | Comments Off
IMS Creates Scholarship To Honor Journalist Mike Harris

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – One of the most familiar and respected bylines in the newspaper industry will disappear this summer when Mike Harris steps into retirement.
Harris will conclude a 40-year career with The Associated Press – including 30 as motorsports editor – on July 1. A fixture in the Media Center at [...]

Kanaan Among The Cellu-Elite Of Athletes In All Of Sports
Friday, May 22, 2009 – 12:46 | Comments Off
Kanaan Among The Cellu-Elite Of Athletes In All Of Sports

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Ask IndyCar Series star Tony Kanaan if a race car driver really is an athlete, and he will hit you with his body fat.
Not that there’s much of that on Kanaan’s sinewy  5-foot-5, 158-pound frame. Body fat is a lipid (fat) produced in the body, and may be influenced by [...]