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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

‘Fast N’ Loud’ Guys Getting Very Fast And Very Loud
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 – 16:17 | 4 Comments
‘Fast N’ Loud’ Guys Getting Very Fast And Very Loud

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – The guys from “Fast N’ Loud” have hooked-up with a motorsport that is loud n’ fast, another expansion of the Texas brand that is all about “Blood, Sweat and Beers.”
Gas Monkey Garage partners Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman have partnered their Dallas-based business with Hennen Motorsports of [...]

Enders-Stevens Completes The Dream In Pomona
Monday, Nov 17, 2014 – 7:51 | No Comment
Enders-Stevens Completes The Dream In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ten years after launching her professional drag racing career against a stacked quarter-mile lineup featuring Greg Anderson, Warren Johnson and Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders-Stevens joined the club Sunday as the NHRA’s first woman Pro Stock world champion.
Enders-Stevens recorded her sixth victory of the 2014 season when two-time world [...]

Pomona II Means It’s Force Vs. Hagan Time
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 – 8:06 | No Comment
Pomona II Means It’s Force Vs. Hagan Time

NHRA Funny Car point-leader Matt Hagan knows the road to his second world championship likely will run through John Force, drag racing’s consummate showman.
So, armed with a 21-point/two-rounds of racing lead heading into the season-ending 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals…it’s on with the show!
“It’s going to be one hell of a show, and I’m [...]

Enders-Stevens Ready To Make Pro Stock History
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 – 18:18 | No Comment
Enders-Stevens Ready To Make Pro Stock History

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In a career marked by multiple “firsts” and one made-for-TV movie, the script for Erica Enders-Stevens’ NHRA sequel is all about celebrating Pro Stock herstory.
Enders-Stevens is poised to become the first woman to win a Pro Stock world championship during this weekend’s season-ending 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at [...]

Rosberg Sets Stage For Silver Arrows Shootout
Monday, Nov 10, 2014 – 8:21 | No Comment
Rosberg Sets Stage For Silver Arrows Shootout

By John Sturbin | Senior Writter
RacinToday.com
Mercedes AMG teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will take their spirited intramural squabble for the 2014 World Driving Championship to the season-finale at Abu Dhabi, while attempting to answer Formula One’s question du jour.
Is it more difficult to compete for a championship against your teammate or a driver from [...]

Q&A: Gene Haas Getting A Rolling Start On F1 Effort
Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 – 17:14 | Comments Off
Q&A: Gene Haas Getting A Rolling Start On F1 Effort

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas _ Businessman/racer Gene Haas says his start-up American Formula One team figures to dive into the international driver market in approximately one year in preparation for entry into the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Still, it’s never too early to start the scouting/schmoozing process, which was part of [...]

Austin-tatious: Hamilton Is Dominating In Texas
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 – 22:27 | One Comment
Austin-tatious: Hamilton Is Dominating In Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – Lewis Hamilton exited Texas as the winningest driver in Great Britain’s glorious Formula One history and Circuit of The America’s less-heralded tenure Sunday afternoon, complete with Stetson hat and sheriff’s badge.
Hamilton’s second United States Grand Prix victory in three starts at COTA stretched his championship advantage over Mercedes AMG teammate Nico [...]

Boycott Talk, Money Woes Are Top Topics At COTA
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 – 7:07 | Comments Off
Boycott Talk, Money Woes Are Top Topics At COTA

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – All the Formula One happy talk here about packed grandstands, TV momentum and a possible second U.S. race date were brake-checked Saturday at Circuit of The Americas, where “boycott” became the buzzword of the third annual United States Grand Prix.
Fueled by a contentious news conference Friday among [...]

USGP Notes: Three-Car F1 Teams Being Pondered
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 – 6:45 | Comments Off
USGP Notes: Three-Car F1 Teams Being Pondered

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – A common fixture in NASCAR and INDYCAR-sanctioned racing, the idea of three-car Formula One teams is gaining limited traction as the governing FIA looks to fill vacant grid spots created by a pair of teams sidelined via budget woes.
The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham F1 teams are [...]

Reduced Grid To Start U.S. Grand Prix At COTA
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Reduced Grid To Start U.S. Grand Prix At COTA

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham Formula One teams will sit-out this weekend’s third annual United States Grand Prix, reducing the starting grid at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, from 22 to 18 cars.
Already reeling from the life-threatening head injuries suffered by Frenchman Jules Bianchi during the Japanese [...]