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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

Rahal Tops Gremlins, Charts At Road America
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 – 7:27 | No Comment
Rahal Tops Gremlins, Charts At Road America

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Graham Rahal and his team overcame a bizarre electrical gremlin _ one that indicated his No. 15 Honda did not exist _ during Friday’s opening practice session at Road America to eventually claim P1 following a full day of hot-lapping for the Verizon IndyCar Series event.
Rahal posted the overall fastest […]

Newgarden Cleared For Road America
Friday, Jun 24, 2016 – 7:52 | No Comment
Newgarden Cleared For Road America

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden will return to his office Friday, less than two weeks after riding out a grinding crash at Texas Motor Speedway.
Newgarden was cleared Thursday to participate in Friday’s practice activity for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Newgarden will be re-evaluated following practice […]

The Repaved Glen Will Test Driver Fitness
Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 – 7:06 | No Comment
The Repaved Glen Will Test Driver Fitness

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A day of testing for Firestone Racing at Watkins Glen International left James Hinchcliffe pondering more than tire compounds for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to the historic road-course over Labor Day weekend.
“Definitely will be hitting the weight room before we get here,” said Hinchcliffe, who shared tire-testing duties with […]

Porsche Happy To Pick Up ‘Incomprehensible’ Win
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 – 16:29 | No Comment
Porsche Happy To Pick Up ‘Incomprehensible’ Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This is what the 24 Hours of Le Mans means in the pecking order of world motorsport. Moments before the start of Sunday’s press conference following the FIA Formula One Grand Prix of Europe, Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari tossed out the first inquiry to a roomful of media.
“Question to […]

Top Merc: Rosberg Refuses To Roll Over
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 – 7:10 | No Comment
Top Merc: Rosberg Refuses To Roll Over

Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg re-asserted control of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship Sunday with a victory in the Grand Prix of Europe that left nothing to debate.
Rosberg qualified on-pole, set the fastest race lap (1 minute, 46.485-seconds on Lap 48) and led all 51 laps/190 miles en route to a 16.696-second victory over […]

Dixon Set For ‘European Version of Indy 500’
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – 7:42 | No Comment
Dixon Set For ‘European Version of Indy 500’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Open-wheel star Scott Dixon will embellish his world-class racing resume this weekend as a first-time participant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Less than a month after competing in the 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500, Dixon is part of a four-car team marking the Ford GT’s historic victory at […]

Echo Of ‘The Slap’ Still Reverberates At TMS
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 – 17:13 | No Comment
Echo Of ‘The Slap’ Still Reverberates At TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas – The slap that put Texas Motor Speedway smack-dab on the motorsports map continues to sting _ continues to stir hardened emotions _ two decades after the dizzying array of events surrounding the night of Saturday, June 7, 1997.
The True Value 500k, the inaugural open-wheel event at TMS, crowned Billy Boat and […]

Scary Crash, Rain Slam Texas; IndyCar Race Postponed Until August
Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 – 16:45 | Comments Off on Scary Crash, Rain Slam Texas; IndyCar Race Postponed Until August
Scary Crash, Rain Slam Texas; IndyCar Race Postponed Until August

FORT WORTH, Texas – Frustrated by back-to-back days of intermittent-to-sideways rain showers and one grinding crash, INDYCAR and Texas Motor Speedway officials relented Sunday afternoon and pulled the plug on the Firestone 600 for 75 days.
The 20th edition of “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” will be run on Saturday, Aug. 27, as a one-day event […]

Wet Track Moves IndyCar Race At Texas To Sunday
Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 – 6:58 | Comments Off on Wet Track Moves IndyCar Race At Texas To Sunday
Wet Track Moves IndyCar Race At Texas To Sunday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR officials postponed Saturday night’s running of the 20th Firestone 600 after prolonged attempts to dry Texas Motor Speedway proved futile.
The Verizon IndyCar Series race has been rescheduled for 1:15 p.m. (CDT) Sunday. Gates, suites and Victory Lane Club will open at 11 a.m. There will be no […]

Water Adds Another Layer Of Intrigue To IndyCar Race In Texas
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 – 17:08 | Comments Off on Water Adds Another Layer Of Intrigue To IndyCar Race In Texas
Water Adds Another Layer Of Intrigue To IndyCar Race In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Rain in and around Texas Motor Speedway unexpectedly has thrown another element for Verizon IndyCar Series teams to consider heading into Saturday night’s Firestone 600.
After practice and qualifying conducted with ambient temperatures in the mid-90s and track temps at times exceeding 130 degrees, TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile […]