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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

Sharp Out To Take Opportunity For A 500-Mile Ride
Saturday, May 9, 2009 – 9:30 | Comments Off
Sharp Out To Take Opportunity For A 500-Mile Ride

By John Sturbin|Senior Writer
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A single tenet has guided the professional racing career of Scott Sharp, the other half of an IndyCar Series gotcha question involving Buzz Calkins.
“You know, racing’s all about opportunity. I’ve always said that,” said Sharp, who shared the inaugural IndyCar Series championship with Calkins in 1996. The series’ career-leader in starts with [...]

Andretti Sets Pace At Indy Practice
Thursday, May 7, 2009 – 20:30 | Comments Off
Andretti Sets Pace At Indy Practice

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer

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Marco Andretti topped a list of IndyCar Series heavy-hitters quickly working up to speed during the first full day of practice Thursday for the 93rd Indianapolis 500.
Andretti turned a hot lap of 39.9152 seconds/225.478 mph around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, as 31 drivers posted lap times. Rookies and [...]

Life Now Bunnies And Rainbows For Danica
Thursday, May 7, 2009 – 16:00 | One Comment
Life Now Bunnies And Rainbows For Danica

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Back in the arena where Danicamania was launched in 2005, IndyCar driver Danica Patrick says she continues to rely on a close network of family and friends to keep her superstar self “grounded.”
Then again, Danica also says…don’t overlook the wisdom of the fortune cookie.
“Here we are at Indy,” Patrick said [...]

Philippe Passes Test; Rain Halts Day 2 At Indy
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 – 20:29 | One Comment
Philippe Passes Test; Rain Halts Day 2 At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Frenchman Nelson Philippe became the fifth rookie to pass the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program Wednesday, as a persistent rain prevented veterans from logging their first practice laps of 2009 around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Meanwhile, Indy 500 rookie Alex Tagliani and Conquest Racing made the best of the soggy situation [...]

Tracy Heads To Indy Looking For “Second” Victory
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 16:25 | One Comment
Tracy Heads To Indy Looking For “Second” Victory

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Paul Tracy has returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with every intention of winning his second Indianapolis 500.
True enough, the Official Box Score from May 26, 2002, shows that Helio Castroneves won the 86th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” under caution over runner-up Tracy. While the finish has been [...]

Rookies Have Played Major Roles at Indianapolis
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 9:09 | 3 Comments
Rookies Have Played Major Roles at Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Four drivers will begin the grunt work Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of open-wheel racing’s career-defining moments – selection as 2009 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. 
Stanton Barrett, Mike Conway, Robert Doornbos and Raphael Matos all have competed in the first three events of the 2009 IndyCar Series [...]

Danica Patrick Rolls To Indy On “Time”
Sunday, May 3, 2009 – 5:44 | One Comment
Danica Patrick Rolls To Indy On “Time”

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick continues to reap the benefits of her first victory, and her “sexy and sculpted” mainstream appeal, by checking in at No. 93 on the list of the “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People.” 
There were 208 nominees from various categories in the online poll. Patrick, [...]

Sturbin: “Leisure” Not in Jerry Cook’s Vocabulary
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Sturbin: “Leisure” Not in Jerry Cook’s Vocabulary

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Looking back at that slice of life in my hometown, it was a time of firsts.
First job. First apartment. First leisure suit.
Would you believe chocolate brown with printed shirt? Have mercy. We’re time-warping here from May 1973 to September 1978 and my tenure as sports writer/editor [...]

Earnhardt Undergoing Some New Bodywork
Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 – 14:50 | 2 Comments
Earnhardt Undergoing Some New Bodywork

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s quest to return to Victory Lane now officially extends beyond the care-and-feeding of his race car.
Dale Jr. has taken a grown-up look at his own bad self in conjunction with an exercise program designed to amp-up his physical conditioning, and perhaps not coincidentally, his self-esteem.
“I [...]

Sturbin: Gordon Dropped A Bomb On Vegas Speedway
Monday, Apr 20, 2009 – 16:20 | One Comment
Sturbin: Gordon Dropped A Bomb On Vegas Speedway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – It has been my contention that the NASCAR fans who love to hate Jeff Gordon never have spent quality time with the man.
In this business, “quality time” usually is defined as a group scrum behind Gordon’s hauler or in the media center during a race weekend, [...]