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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

IndyCar Notes: Kimball Throwing In With Foyt
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 – 9:37 | No Comment
IndyCar Notes: Kimball Throwing In With Foyt

A.J. Foyt will put veteran Charlie Kimball behind the wheel for the entire 2020 IndyCar season. (File photo courtesy INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Veteran INDYCAR driver Charlie Kimball has joined AJ Foyt Racing as fulltime driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet, the latest hit of the reset button for the team fronted by “Super […]

Kyle Larson Silences Bell; Wins ‘Bad Ass’ Chili Bowl
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 – 9:38 | No Comment
Kyle Larson Silences Bell; Wins ‘Bad Ass’ Chili Bowl

Kyle Larson said winning the Golden Driller Trophy at the Chili Bowl on Saturday night meant more to him than winning the Daytona 500.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Kyle Larson found redemption from a last-lap loss one year ago to Christopher Bell at Tulsa Expo Raceway Saturday night, emerging from their latest one-on-one battle […]

2020 Is End Of The Line For NHRA Pro Stocker
Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 – 8:23 | No Comment
2020 Is End Of The Line For NHRA Pro Stocker

Ken Black Racing’s Jason Line announced his impending retirement this week. (RacinToday HHP file photo by Garry Eller)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Three-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Jason Line will retire from the cockpit after the 2020 season as the California-based sanctioning body celebrates 50 years of the “Factory Hot Rod” class.

Having turned […]

New Corvette C8.R Is Ready To Roar In Daytona
Friday, Jan 3, 2020 – 8:58 | Comments Off on New Corvette C8.R Is Ready To Roar In Daytona
New Corvette C8.R Is Ready To Roar In Daytona

The all-new Corvette C8.R will be on the Daytona International Speedway road course this weekend for the Roar Before the 24 test sessions. (Photo by Richard Prince/Chevrolet)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Corvette Racing’s mid-engine C8.R will record its first public hot laps during this weekend’s Roar Before the 24, a three-day dress rehearsal for IMSA’s […]

Ten For The Road – And Also For The Ovals – In 2019
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 – 18:54 | Comments Off on Ten For The Road – And Also For The Ovals – In 2019
Ten For The Road – And Also For The Ovals – In 2019

Roger Penske tops the Top 10 Stories of 2019 in the IndyCar Series.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

With a record 18 Indianapolis 500 victories on his resume, motorsports mogul Roger Penske basically has “owned” the storied Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

And then he bought it!

That setup and punch line became a fast fact […]

Rutherford Remembers Safety Pioneer Simpson
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 – 9:07 | 2 Comments
Rutherford Remembers Safety Pioneer Simpson

Bill Simpson saved the life of Johnny Rutherford and countless others in racing over the years.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – The passing of motorsports safety pioneer Bill Simpson this week prompted three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford to pause and praise a perpetually “ornery” friend whose helmet design saved his life […]

Carpenter Rebuilds IndyCar Driver Lineup For 2020
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 – 9:09 | Comments Off on Carpenter Rebuilds IndyCar Driver Lineup For 2020
Carpenter Rebuilds IndyCar Driver Lineup For 2020

IndyCar team owner/driver Ed Carpenter has finalized his driver lineup for next season.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Ed Carpenter Racing completed its revised NTT IndyCar Series lineup Monday with the addition of Conor Daly as driver of the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet for the 2020 road and street course events.

Daly will share the […]

NHRA Slaps Torrence With Big Fine
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 – 8:54 | One Comment
NHRA Slaps Torrence With Big Fine

Steve Torrence’s big push resulted in a big penalty from the NHRA.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Steve Torrence’s second NHRA Top Fuel world championship now carries an asterisk, courtesy of a five-figure fine.

NHRA officials docked Torrence $25,000 for a physical altercation with Cameron Ferre after their first-round pairing during the season-ending 55th annual Auto Club NHRA […]

Hight Wins Funny Car Title In A Stalled Car
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 – 14:46 | Comments Off on Hight Wins Funny Car Title In A Stalled Car
Hight Wins Funny Car Title In A Stalled Car

Robert Hight earned his third Funny Car championship on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Robert Hight joined the ranks of NHRA royalty Sunday when he clinched his third Funny Car world championship…ironically enough, stranded in the left lane at Auto Club Raceway.

Hight’s championship-winning scenario capped a bizarre day at […]

Western Swing: Torrence Takes Shot At Ferre
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 – 9:47 | Comments Off on Western Swing: Torrence Takes Shot At Ferre
Western Swing: Torrence Takes Shot At Ferre

Steve Torrence won the 2019 Top Fuel championship on Sunday but he lost the respect of many of the fans in Pomona. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

En route to winning his second consecutive NHRA Top Fuel world championship Sunday, Steve Torrence lost his cool, got physical and played the role […]