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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

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 [...]

Rahal’s Young Driving Career Has Come Full Circle
Friday, May 22, 2009 – 8:47 | Comments Off
Rahal’s Young Driving Career Has Come Full Circle

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – From the time he learned to spell his given name, Graham Rahal figures his career-path was destined to unfold as a series of right- and-left-handed turns.
“I always wanted to be a road-racer,” Rahal said Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the mother of all oval racetracks. “That was always [...]

Andretti, Hunter-Reay Sneak In At Indy
Sunday, May 17, 2009 – 17:20 | Comments Off
Andretti, Hunter-Reay Sneak In At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an either/or situation. It either brings out the best in a driver, or brings a driver to his/her knees.
“I’ve always looked at these guys on the bubble on Bump Day and absolutely felt for them,” John Andretti said Sunday afternoon at IMS, after [...]

Tagliani: I Feel Privileged To Be At Indy
Saturday, May 16, 2009 – 22:00 | Comments Off
Tagliani: I Feel Privileged To Be At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Open-wheel reunification has been a back-burner topic this month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but never far from the heart-and-mind of Alex Tagliani.
The native of Quebec launched his Champ Car career in 2000, in the midst of the schism between  the Indy Racing League and the Championship Auto Racing Teams.
“You can [...]

Servia Celebrates New Ride With Fast Laps
Thursday, May 14, 2009 – 21:20 | Comments Off
Servia Celebrates New Ride With Fast Laps

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Driving with a sense of relief, Oriol Servia turned his first laps of the month around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday as the second week of practice cranked up for the 93rd Indianapolis 500.
Servia, named to drive the No. 17 Rahal Letterman DAFCA Special Dallara/Honda on Wednesday, was fastest among [...]

Helio Castroneves Is Cooking Once Again
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Helio Castroneves Is Cooking Once Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dallas – When it comes to the manly art of cooking, Helio Castroneves has more in common with Chef Boyardee than Chef Stephan Pyles.
“The only thing I am good at making at a restaurant is reservations,” Castroneves said Monday afternoon, two days removed from qualifying on-pole for the 93rd Indianapolis [...]

Sharp Cuts It Close But Earns Spot In Another 500
Sunday, May 10, 2009 – 22:20 | One Comment
Sharp Cuts It Close But Earns Spot In Another 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scott Sharp rediscovered the gamut of emotions that typically accompany qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday when he and Panther Racing teammate Dan Wheldon emerged from the wringer with second-day starting spots in the 93rd Indianapolis 500.
Sharp, the 1996 IndyCar Series co-champion, qualified for his 14th Indy 500 on [...]

Castroneves To Start Indy From Pole
Saturday, May 9, 2009 – 17:05 | 2 Comments
Castroneves To Start Indy From Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer

RacinToday.com
IndyCar superstar Helio Castroneves has emerged from six months of legal hell, capped by a six-week trial on federal income tax evasion charges, a better man.
Helio may even be…the Brazilian version of bionic.
“I have to say that what I learned from the trial probably my mind is much stronger now [...]