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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

Bourdais Out Of Hospital
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 14:25 | Comments Off on Bourdais Out Of Hospital
Bourdais Out Of Hospital

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Sebastien Bourdais’ long and grinding road to recovery and return to the Verizon IndyCar Series is underway.  
Bourdais, injured in a horrific crash on Saturday during a qualifying attempt for the 101st Indianapolis 500, was discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital on Wednesday and moved into a local rehabilitation facility.
Bourdais […]

McLaren’s Brown Wowed By Indy Experience
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 7:44 | Comments Off on McLaren’s Brown Wowed By Indy Experience
McLaren’s Brown Wowed By Indy Experience

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – California native Zak Brown has spent this Month of May as the man behind the curtain _ the unconventional Formula One executive who gave his blessing to McLaren superstar Fernando Alonso’s bid to compete in the 101s Indianapolis 500.
A two-time F1 World Driving Champion, Alonso has been spot-on […]

Dixon Back On Track After Having Gun Put To Head
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 7:20 | Comments Off on Dixon Back On Track After Having Gun Put To Head
Dixon Back On Track After Having Gun Put To Head

Newly-crowned Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Scott Dixon returned to the relative safety of life at 225-plus mph Monday, hours after being robbed at gunpoint at a fast food restaurant near Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dixon, wife Emma and three-time Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti were unharmed in an incident that occurred at approximately 10 p.m. at a Taco […]

Carpenter Hammers Out Best 500 Qualifying Lap
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 18:06 | Comments Off on Carpenter Hammers Out Best 500 Qualifying Lap
Carpenter Hammers Out Best 500 Qualifying Lap

Indianapolis native and oval-track specialist Ed Carpenter led Day 1 qualifying Saturday for next weekend’s 101st Indianapolis 500, capping a scary-fast session of time trials at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Carpenter, who won Indy 500 poles in 2013 and 2014, posted a four-lap/10-mile average of 230.468 mph around the 2.5-mile oval in his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra […]

Bourdais, Honda Are Fastest On Fast Friday
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 7:48 | Comments Off on Bourdais, Honda Are Fastest On Fast Friday
Bourdais, Honda Are Fastest On Fast Friday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Despite over two hours of track time lost to mid-day rain, speeds peaked during “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway _ especially for drivers from the Honda camp.
Four-time Indy car champion Sebastien Bourdais capped the final day of practice heading into qualifications this weekend for the 101st Indianapolis 500 by […]

Howard Having Happy Return To ‘Magical’ Indy
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Howard Having Happy Return To ‘Magical’ Indy
Howard Having Happy Return To ‘Magical’ Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Even Verizon IndyCar Series devotees can be excused today if they need a refresher course on the life and times of Jay Howard.
Absent from Indy car racing for six years, Howard emerged atop the speed chart after Thursday’s fourth day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500.
Driver of the No. […]

Practice Action Slows Down At Windy Indy
Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 8:25 | Comments Off on Practice Action Slows Down At Windy Indy
Practice Action Slows Down At Windy Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Any way the wind blows really does matter to drivers hot-lapping at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Strong, gusting winds limited Wednesday’s third day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500, as a number of competitors persevered to log fact-finding laps.
Verizon IndyCar Series team-owner/driver Ed Carpenter posted the fastest lap of the combined […]

Penske Drivers Bounce Back At Indy Practice
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Penske Drivers Bounce Back At Indy Practice
Penske Drivers Bounce Back At Indy Practice

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
That didn’t take long. One day after Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport paced opening practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, Team Penske returned to familiar territory atop the speed chart.
Will Power and Helio Castroneves of team-owner Roger Penske’s juggernaut stood 1-2 at the close of Tuesday’s six-hour […]

Andretti In Spotlight As 500 Practice Begins
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 7:49 | Comments Off on Andretti In Spotlight As 500 Practice Begins
Andretti In Spotlight As 500 Practice Begins

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marco Andretti momentarily did the impossible for this Month of May_ upstage new teammate Fernando Alonso _ by posting the fastest speed during Monday’s opening practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Driver of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda, Andretti set […]

Bump Day Bumped As 33 Enter The 500
Monday, May 15, 2017 – 9:21 | Comments Off on Bump Day Bumped As 33 Enter The 500
Bump Day Bumped As 33 Enter The 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scratch “Bump Day” and its inherent drama from this weekend’s qualifying schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
For the second consecutive Month of May, a field of 33 drivers has been named for 33 cars entered in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. That’s just […]