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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

Alonso: ‘I Need To Win’ The 500
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 – 17:28 | No Comment
Alonso: ‘I Need To Win’ The 500

Formula One superstar Fernando Alonso says the best piece of advice he’s been given about running the 101st edition of the Indianapolis 500 has not been “turn left, 800 times” on May 28.
“Enjoy!” Alonso said during his “Welcome to Alabama” news conference at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday. “That’s something that this race is so […]

Power Leads Penske Qualifying Assault At Barber
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 – 8:11 | No Comment
Power Leads Penske Qualifying Assault At Barber

Team Penske’s Will Power definitely is in his wheelhouse at Barber Motorsports Park.
Power toured the 2.3-mile/17-turn permanent road-course in 1-minute, 6.9614-seconds and 123.653 mph during the Firestone Fast Six, Saturday’s climactic round of knockout qualifying. That lap earned the 36-year-old Australian the Verizon P1 Award and his fourth pole position at the track in Birmingham, […]

Alonso’s Triple Crown Bid To Begin May 3
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 – 7:08 | No Comment
Alonso’s Triple Crown Bid To Begin May 3

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fernando Alonso’s Verizon IndyCar Series dance card is beginning to fill up.
Alonso is scheduled to log his first test laps with Andretti Autosport in preparation for competing in the 101st Indianapolis 500 on Wednesday, May 3, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Alonso, the Formula One World Driving Champion in 2005 and […]

Haas F1 Team Spirits Are High After Trip To Bahrain
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 – 16:46 | No Comment
Haas F1 Team Spirits Are High After Trip To Bahrain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team capped a productive, point-paying drive by Romain Grosjean in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix with completion of a two-day open test at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
Kevin Magnussen took the wheel of the Ferrari-powered VF-17 for the second and final day of testing Wednesday, one-upping his teammate […]

McLaren Woes Sending Alonso To Indianapolis
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 – 11:24 | No Comment
McLaren Woes Sending Alonso To Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fernando Alonso admits that his startling decision to compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 next month was triggered by the sad fact that McLaren Honda _ after only three of 20 races _ is not a player for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.
“Yeah, definitely,” said […]

Critics: Alonso ‘Barking Mad’ To Race At Indy
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 – 11:54 | No Comment
Critics: Alonso ‘Barking Mad’ To Race At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner says Formula One superstar Fernando Alonso of arch-rival McLaren F1 is “barking mad” for his decision to compete in next month’s Indianapolis 500.
Alonso, a two-time F1 World Driving Champion, announced Wednesday he will drive in the 101st running of the Indy 500 on […]

IndyCar Drivers Get Taste Of ‘Crazy’ New TMS
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 – 8:07 | No Comment
IndyCar Drivers Get Taste Of ‘Crazy’ New TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Fourteen Verizon IndyCar Series drivers experienced their first laps through Texas Motor Speedway’s repaved and re-profiled Turns 1 and 2 with eyes, throttles _ and apparently mouths _ wide-open.
“It’s a big difference going down there into (turns) 1 and 2,” Graham Rahal said at the close […]

IndyCar Drivers Go Gaga Over Alonso News
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 – 19:02 | No Comment
IndyCar Drivers Go Gaga Over Alonso News

By John Sturbin |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Verizon IndyCar Series drivers testing on Texas Motor Speedway’s repaved and re-profiled pavement Wednesday enthusiastically greeted the sensational news that Formula One superstar Fernando Alonso would be joining them for the 101st edition of the Indianapolis 500.
“Yeah, that’s cool! Big news,” said Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy […]

Johnson Returns To Victory Lane In Texas
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 – 16:34 | Comments Off on Johnson Returns To Victory Lane In Texas
Johnson Returns To Victory Lane In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson has returned to his NASCAR “wheelhouse,” otherwise known as Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway. And for the record, not all of J.J.’s 81 career Cup victories have been scored in Cowtown.
Mired in a mild slump through five races, Johnson jump-started his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with […]

It’s Biz As Usual: Jones Wins Xfinity Race At TMS
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 – 17:16 | Comments Off on It’s Biz As Usual: Jones Wins Xfinity Race At TMS
It’s Biz As Usual: Jones Wins Xfinity Race At TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Drop the green flag on a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, and Erik Jones is money.
Jones scored his second series victory in five starts in Cowtown Saturday afternoon, dominating the 110-lap third segment of the 21st annual My Bariatric Solutions 300.
Jones, who also […]