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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

Kanaan Takes First Ride For The Foyt Team
Monday, Dec 18, 2017 – 8:00 | No Comment
Kanaan Takes First Ride For The Foyt Team

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Kanaan, the self-described “last man standing” in the Verizon IndyCar Series, has completed his first test with AJ Foyt Racing in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet he will drive during the 2018 season.
Kanaan, who joined Foyt’s Texas-based organization on Oct. 6, participated in the final day of testing […]

New IndyCar Team To Launch With Veteran Drivers
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 – 9:45 | No Comment
New IndyCar Team To Launch With Veteran Drivers

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Admittedly still “learning the ropes” of American racing, British open-wheel powerhouse Carlin will graduate to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 when it fields fulltime entries for Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton.
Dumped by Chip Ganassi Racing after the 2017 season, native Californian Kimball and Brit Chilton will compete in Chevrolet-powered […]

IndyCar’s Barnhart Moving To Harding Racing
Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 – 7:55 | No Comment
IndyCar’s Barnhart Moving To Harding Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brian Barnhart’s long and multi-layered tenure with INDYCAR’s competition staff ended with his recent appointment as president of Harding Racing. Barnhart is scheduled to begin his new position with the Indianapolis-based organization on Dec. 18.
“We are thrilled to have Brian join Harding Racing,” team-owner Mike Harding said in a statement. […]

Haas F1 Earns Respect In ’17 But Wants Much More
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 – 9:33 | No Comment
Haas F1 Earns Respect In ’17 But Wants Much More

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team completed its sophomore season with a repeat and respectable eighth-place finish in the FIA Formula One World Championship constructor standings. And to paraphrase Major League Baseball muse Casey Stengel, Gene Haas’ American-owned organization now will have an excellent chance of becoming juniors.
Haas F1 drivers Romain Grosjean and […]

Neff Returns To DSR
Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 – 15:48 | Comments Off on Neff Returns To DSR
Neff Returns To DSR

Tony Schumacher will chase a ninth NHRA Top Fuel world championship in 2018 with a new crew chief.
Accomplished tuner Mike “Zippy” Neff has rejoined Don Schumacher Racing and will work with “The Sarge” in 2018, team-owner Don Schumacher announced Monday from the team’s headquarters in Brownsburg, Ind.
Neff, who finished the 2017 season at rival John […]

Alonso Hits Road In Sports Car
Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 – 10:37 | Comments Off on Alonso Hits Road In Sports Car
Alonso Hits Road In Sports Car

Fernando Alonso logged his first test laps in an LMP2 car earlier this week as the Formula One superstar began preparations to compete with United Autosports in the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, America’s most prestigious endurance sports car race.
A two-time Formula One World Driving Champion, Alonso tested the team’s Ligier JS P217 at Motorland […]

IndyCar Notes: Foyt Racing To Groove To Brazilian Beat In 2018
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 – 11:09 | Comments Off on IndyCar Notes: Foyt Racing To Groove To Brazilian Beat In 2018
IndyCar Notes: Foyt Racing To Groove To Brazilian Beat In 2018

AJ Foyt Racing’s complete sweep of its two-car driver lineup has stretched from Waller, Texas, to Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.
The latter location is the hometown of Matheus Leist, named last week to wheel the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2018. Leist, 19, will team with fellow-Brazilian Tony Kanaan, who […]

Car Makers Say Racing Still Gives Them A Boost
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 – 9:17 | Comments Off on Car Makers Say Racing Still Gives Them A Boost
Car Makers Say Racing Still Gives Them A Boost

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Big-time auto racing’s longstanding marketing mantra of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” may not resonate with consumers like it did during the Muscle Car Era of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
With SUVs and crossovers dominating sales worldwide _ and faced with a younger demographic not particularly turned-on by […]

2018: It’s The ‘Danica Double’ And Done
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 – 9:47 | Comments Off on 2018: It’s The ‘Danica Double’ And Done
2018: It’s The ‘Danica Double’ And Done

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Get ready for two more doses of “Danicamania.”
NASCAR free-agent Danica Patrick plans to end her star-crossed racing career in May 2018 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of her historic fourth-place start/finish in the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Patrick eventually rode that wave of gender-breaking popularity _ dubbed “Danicamania” _ into a […]

It’s Back To Work For IndyCar Champ Newgarden
Friday, Nov 17, 2017 – 16:30 | Comments Off on It’s Back To Work For IndyCar Champ Newgarden
It’s Back To Work For IndyCar Champ Newgarden

FORT WORTH, Texas – Josef Newgarden reached the expiration date on his offseason earlier this week at Texas Motor Speedway, where the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion hot-lapped during a Chevrolet test session of the new-for-2018 universal aero kit.
Newgarden, of Team Penske, was joined by his previous car-owner/teammate Ed Carpenter and the latter’s latest protégé, […]