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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

New IndyCar Chassis Hits The Bricks At IMS
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 – 14:44 | No Comment
New IndyCar Chassis Hits The Bricks At IMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDYCAR’s return to a universal/generic bodywork kit for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season via a Dallara chassis that has been “reverse-engineered” made its on-track debut Tuesday during a day-long test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Inspired by “old favorite” designs but clearly pointing toward what’s “NEXT” for the series, the chassis […]

Earnhardt Jr. To Trade Nomex For A Blazer In ’18
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 – 7:57 | No Comment
Earnhardt Jr. To Trade Nomex For A Blazer In ’18

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-NASCAR retirement as full-time driver officially will include more than trips to the grocery store for mayo.
Voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for an unprecedented 14 consecutive years (2003-16), Junior will join NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage beginning in 2018. The TV gig was announced […]

Colorado Win Has Put Hight’s Sites On Western Sweep
Monday, Jul 24, 2017 – 7:17 | No Comment
Colorado Win Has Put Hight’s Sites On Western Sweep

Robert Hight’s Funny Car victory Sunday in the opening race of the NHRA’s annual summertime Western Swing immediately left the John Force Racing ace thinking 1-2-3 sweep!
Hight’s win over Tommy Johnson Jr. at the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway was his first of the 2017 season, fourth on “The Mountain” in […]

‘Boss’ Put Brakes on Kyle Busch’s Indy 500 Bid
Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 – 7:58 | No Comment
‘Boss’ Put Brakes on Kyle Busch’s Indy 500 Bid

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch says he was oh-so-close to joining Fernando Alonso as a one-off entrant in May’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500…until one of his bosses spiked the deal.
“I had it done last year _ sold and everything ready to go _ and I’ve got a boss that said ‘No!’ […]

Pagenaud Hoping Luck Returns In Toronto
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 – 7:27 | No Comment
Pagenaud Hoping Luck Returns In Toronto

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud admits that while his racing luck has not been all that good at the Honda Indy Toronto, the downtown dining in Canada’s largest city is simply magnifique.
“I had French food last night, so that was nice,” said Pagenaud, a native of Montmorillon, France, at the close of Friday’s […]

Almirola: It’s About Picking Up Where We Left Off
Friday, Jul 14, 2017 – 17:41 | No Comment
Almirola: It’s About Picking Up Where We Left Off

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A re-invigorated and introspective Aric Almirola returned to the seat of the No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion Friday to begin preparations for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since suffering a severe back injury eight weeks ago.
“I am stoked. Really excited,” Almirola said during a media session at […]

With Kenseth Going, Along Comes Jones at JGR
Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 – 7:09 | No Comment
With Kenseth Going, Along Comes Jones at JGR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Joe Gibbs Racing has selected Erik Jones of Furniture Row Racing to replace Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota Camry beginning with the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
Currently competing full-time for Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Racing, Jones sits 14th in Cup points and leads the Sunoco Rookie […]

Castroneves Climbs To Victory At Iowa Speedway
Monday, Jul 10, 2017 – 7:54 | Comments Off on Castroneves Climbs To Victory At Iowa Speedway
Castroneves Climbs To Victory At Iowa Speedway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With rumors of a sports car future at Team Penske emerging as an inconvenient truth, Helio Castroneves served notice Sunday he squarely is focused on punctuating the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season with his first championship.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner snapped a three-year, 54-race winless streak via a dominant drive […]

Healthy Torrence Rolls On In Norwalk
Monday, Jun 26, 2017 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Healthy Torrence Rolls On In Norwalk
Healthy Torrence Rolls On In Norwalk

A “mild heart attack” generously is defined as one suffered by someone other than yourself. So, one year after such a life-threatening medical issue forced him into the role of reluctant spectator, Steve Torrence won his Top Fuel-leading fourth event of the season Sunday via a final-round, hole shot pass to cap in the 11th […]

Hamilton Moves In On F1 Pole Record
Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 – 6:58 | Comments Off on Hamilton Moves In On F1 Pole Record
Hamilton Moves In On F1 Pole Record

Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton continued to rewrite Formula One history Saturday, when he qualified on-pole for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the expense of boyhood hero Ayrton Senna.
Hamilton’s fast lap of 1-minute, 40.593-seconds set a track qualifying record around the 3.730-mile/6.003-kilometer/20-turn Baku City Circuit. Hamilton’s hot lap was 0.434-seconds better than runnerup and teammate Valtteri […]